Legalization of Marijuana Research Paper

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Emily McAllen
Writing 2
Jesse McClain
October 1, 2012

Legalization of Medical Marijuana
Imagine a woman who can no longer work because she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She cannot stand on her feet for longer than twenty minutes and she can barely make it down the steps. She is constantly sick and all she wants is something to relieve her pain. Medical marijuana is found to decrease spasticity, tremors, and pain, but it is legal in only seventeen states. Washington and Colorado have recently legalized marijuana for recreational use. There are many positives to using this substance, such as curing nausea, relieving anxiety, pain relief, whooping cough, insomnia, and asthma. Many believe that because it was banned and considered illegal that it is not a substance that can help a person but that is very untrue. Alcohol and Tobacco, which are legal substances, cause deaths around the world every day, whereas Marijuana has no lethal dosage. Many researchers believe that although marijuana may never be legalized for recreational use, it should be legal in more states for doctors to prescribe to patients suffering from chronic diseases and illnesses. Marijuana can also relive the pain of those who have been diagnosed with AIDS. Although it may not reverse the effects, it will reduce their suffering and by minimizing nausea AIDS sufferers are able to intake and digest food. Marijuana also relieves stress for those who are terminally ill, making them more at ease through their struggles. There is a lot of research that shows that marijuana may be a habit-forming substance but it is not addicting and there has yet to be found a lethal amount of this substance. There is always a fine line between use and abuse but this medicinal substance can be very beneficial. Marijuana, or Cannabis Sativa, has many medical uses to cure chronic diseases and illnesses. It can help people suffering from MS, Glaucoma, Epilepsy and Cancer. The benefits of Medical Marijuana far outweigh the negatives.

Multiple Sclerosis is often times a very stressful illness. It is defined as a chronic degenerative disease which effects the central nervous system and causes inflammation, muscular weakness and a loss of motor coordination. It strips the person of most independence as well as the ability to work and do every day activities. Research has found that the use of medical cannabis on MS patients reduced pain up to thirty percent and was very successful in reducing tightness of muscles. The only negative feedback about medical marijuana is the high the patients get from smoking it. “The trick would be to identify and isolate the key cannabinoids in the marijuana that show benefits and find a way to concentrate and deliver them, said Nicholas LaRocca, vice president of healthcare delivery and policy research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "This would solve the problem without creating other problems"”(Conley). Many of their pain levels were almost completely diminished and they were able to think about things other than their debilitating illness.

There are many studies which show that medical cannabis has many benefits to debilitating illness. "Epilepsy is a chronic seizure disorder that affects about 2 million Americans and 30 million people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent sudden attacks of altered consciousness, convulsions, or other motor activity. A seizure is the synchronized excitation of large groups of brain cells”(Gross). Epilepsy causes a lot of stress and anxiety to those who suffer from this illness. A person living with epilepsy never knows when the next episode will occur. "Twenty-one percent of subjects had used marijuana in the past year with the majority of active users reporting beneficial effects on seizures. Twenty-four percent of all subjects believed marijuana was an effective therapy for epilepsy”(Gross). Although there is little research to prove marijuana is a beneficial substance to...
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