The legalization of Medical Marijuana has become a great debate in our modern America. The two opposing sides, pro-medicinal and anti-medicinal, both have their beliefs and defend them feverishly. The Pro-medicinal supporters claiming that the ban on medicinal marijuana is unjustified and should change immediately. While on the opposing end, Anti-medicinal backers support the continued ban on the herb. Both sides have enormous support and the issue is being pushed on every state's legislative system. Some states, i.e. California and Colorado have already legalized the substance, while others hold strong to their anti-marijuana policies.
Marijuana is a psychoactive herb prepared from a Cannabis plant, usually which can be smoked or eaten. The active ingredient in the drug is THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, which causes an increase in appetite, relaxation of the mind and body, fatigue, and lessened aggression. Marijuana has many names, such as “medicinal”, “pot”, “dope”, “tree”, and the most popular “weed”. What many get wrapped up on is the term Medicinal Marijuana. This is not to be confused with Recreational Marijuana, which is the usage of marijuana without prescription from a medical official, and this is an entirely different debate. Medical marijuana is the big debate, and that is the use of pot as a medical alternative.
What many see as the central idea in this debate is whether or not marijuana is a safe medical alternative. Doctors stand on both sides of the debate with marijuana supporters claiming that compared to the “legal” drugs out there marijuana is the safest route. They claim that there are more risks to the prescription drugs then the “relatively harmless” marijuana. As Joycelyn Elders, Md (A former surgeon general) states “Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day." While at the same time, the opposing side comes right back with opposing claims. The British Lung Association released a...
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