Legalizing Marijuana

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Research Writing|
Legalizing Marijuana|
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Amber Kluever|
12/11/2012|

The pros and cons of how the people and our economy would benefit from the legalization of marijuana in our country. |

There are several things that can help our economy, peoples’ health and reduce the crime rate, but one in particular is legalizing marijuana. It is easy to say that we can fix all our problems by making marijuana legal, but with that there will be several laws and peoples’ opinions to change. Legalizing marijuana is one way that could help this economy, peoples’ health and reduce the crime rate associated with buying and selling marijuana. Most of our middle class population is struggling to keep their homes, jobs and still have money to send their children to college. The tax alone from legalizing marijuana could reduce college tuition rates making the dreams of parents and children going off to college a reality. If you could go to the store and buy marijuana, that would keep drug dealers off our street corners; hassling our children to buy it. Then you have people who have chronic pain whether in their back, knees, or if it is psychological illness; those people are taking massive amounts of pain killers and other mood modifying pills which are very addictive and could result is using other, stronger drugs when if marijuana was legal people could use that without becoming addicted or harming their bodies further.

When it comes down to it the health benefits of medical marijuana have proven to be a better medical drug then the legal pain killers, which can be very harmful on your kidneys and liver causing more damage to your body. Legal pain killers have been linked to many addicts starting out. They were on one dose for so long their bodies became immune to it so they start taking two to three pills at a time just to feel the effects. In an article written by Dave Smith in the International Business Times (Smith, 2012), he has stated that there are over 100,000 deaths a year from prescription pills. Dr. Lester Grinspoon from Harvard Medical School stated that “There are no deaths from cannabis use. Anywhere. You can’t find one.” (Smith, 2012) For 5 millennia, Cannabis sativa has been used throughout the world medically, recreationally, and spiritually. (Bostwick, 2012). Marijuana has been linked to slow down the process of brain aging by removing the bad brain cells and then reproducing new, energized cells. (Szalavitz, 2012) Andras Bilkei-Gorzo of the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany wrote that it “could be a promising strategy for slowing down the progression of brain aging and for alleviating the symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders.” (Szalavitz, 2012) When marijuana was tested, it was found that the chemical ingredient in marijuana reduces brain inflammation and improves memory quality as well. (Szalavitz, 2012) Marijuana is also linked to stimulate the appetite for patients struggling with anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders. It has been proven to help control nausea and vomiting in patients that receive chemotherapy and AIDS wasting. People who have anxiety or panic attacks would also benefit from medical marijuana. (Janet E. Joy, 2012) In one study where mice were bred without the cannabinoid receptors it was found that they had better memories in the early stages of life, but had rapid cognitive decline as they aged, and also had inflammation in the hippocampus, which is a key region for memory. It is believed that at some point in the aging process, cannabinoid does help maintain the normal cognitive functions, in mice. (Szalavitz, 2012)

The economy as we are all aware is taking a huge hit; legalizing marijuana would put...
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