The legalization of medical marijuana by the federal government is a hot topic. Currently 19 states have legalized medical marijuana; however, the federal government is not on board to legalize the use of cannabis legally. I believe medical marijuana should be legalized by the federal government. While there are some cons to the legalization those same cons exist while medical marijuana is illegal as well. I believe the pros outweigh the cons. Medical marijuana has been used historically by other countries, it has minimal addictive capabilities and can relieve pain in many illnesses if regulated properly and the legalization is supported by many doctors and legal organizations.
Before the 19th century marijuana was used as a medicine in many different countries and cultures. In Africa it was used as early as the 15th century for snake bites, childbirth, and a variety of other inflictions. It was also used in religious ceremonies. In ancientChina andTaiwan it was used as an anesthetic. Cannabis is one of the 50 “fundamental” herbs used in Chinese medicine and every part of the hemp plant is used. Ancient Egyptians used cannabis to treat hemorrhoids and to treat sore eyes. In ancientGreece it was used to treat nose bleeds and the seeds were used to expel tapeworms. There are other ancient countries that used the plant for a variety of medical reasons however at the turn of the century other drugs were immigrated into theUnited States. One drug that became a problem was morphine. It was a popular ingredient in patent medicines. Between 2% and 5% of the population was addicted to morphine. It changed the attitude towards marijuana also. Marijuana was now considered a dangerous drug. A major shift in drug policy was now in effect. Marijuana would become illegal and considered dangerous.
Marijuana being considered a dangerous drug was researched. While it has the potential to be addictive if not regulated and monitored by a physician, other...
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