Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana is a very common topic of the century in the United States. I would say the country is split 50/50 in favor and against legalizing marijuana nation wide for medical use. Every argument has its pros and cons, although the misconception of marijuana as a medical use has supportive reasons that are in favor. Reasons in favor of medical marijuana use ranked in terms of strength and effectiveness are as followed. Treating pain relief, chronic nausea from cancer patients treatments, help boost the economy, muscle relaxation, medical marijuana vs. prescription drugs, and marijuana is an all natural herb. Reasons against medical marijuana use ranked in terms of strength and effectiveness are as followed. Increased drug use among youths, safety towards self and others, short-term side effects, having a “gateway” effect, respiratory issues, and marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled substance.

Medical marijuana, also known as Cannabis, contains a major constituent called Cannabidiol. This compound in medical marijuana is most effective to treat analgesia, pain relief. Cannabis can help reduce suffering from individuals who experience chronic pain from diseases such as neuropathy, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. I chose medical marijuana for most in favor of treating pain relief because many American’s suffer from pain everyday. “Chronic pain affects at least 116 million Americans each year” (Szalavitz, 2011). Whether a person experiences pain from work, stress, or having a bad back, the majority suffers from pain. Therefore I think the use of cannabis is most in favor of treating pain relief because it is doing the most good for the most amount of people, utilitarianism.

Cancer patients undergo chemotherapy and radiation, and take medications that cause chronic nausea and vomiting. Not only is cannabidiol an analgesic, but also it is a natural antiemetic, which alleviates nausea and vomiting. In some cases patients refuse treatment or medication because the side affects are intolerable. Medical marijuana also has proven to noticeably to slow down the production of cancerous cells in the body. I chose this second because the symptoms of cancer treatments sounds like it makes an individual physically feel worse, which is almost a double whammy having a sickening disease and treatments that cause negative side effects. Thus making medical marijuana use relieve some of the pain and suffering they are already in.

I chose boost the economy next as a favor in legalizing marijuana for medical use because our economy could grow rapidly and pay off our national debt. Legalizing cannabis nation wide could pull in millions if not billions of dollars to the United States. Sales and revenue tax will help pay for our national debt. With the prohibition of cannabis it is actually costing taxpayers billions as well as the government. Criminals in prison with marijuana related offences cost U.S. prisons roughly a billion dollars. Finally, cannabis is a cash crop that is currently bringing in millions to states that have the plant legalized. “Marijuana growers account for $14 billion a year in sales in California, making it the state's most valuable cash crop, TIME reports” (Bradford, 2012). If legalizing marijuana for medical use already brings in that much just for the state of California, think about the billions of dollars it will bring in for other states and the government.

People with multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia experience involuntary muscle spasms ranging from mild to severe. These diseases prevent can prevent a person from doing daily activities and routines. I have seen this first hand as my mom has fibromyalgia. Medical marijuana use can reduce muscle pain and muscle spasticity thus leading to muscle relaxation, in these individuals. “Although several conventional medications can reduce these patients' discomfort, taking them rarely provides complete relief. Often the drugs cause weakness, drowsiness, and...
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