Medical Marijuana: a Law Essay

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Module 4: Law Topics


The trending and often controversial term, "medical marijuana," can be loosely defined as the use, possession and/or cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes only. Because of marijuana's history of illegality in the United States, its use for health purposes has been widely criticized by many and frowned upon by the government. As a politically accepted principle, medical marijuana or cannabis is no different than standard marijuana. It is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning it: 1) has the potential for recreational drug abuse, 2) has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the U.S and 3) has a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision. There is an evolving debate on personal marijuana use (whether it be for medicinal and/or recreational use) and its legality. The government's side of the issue is trying to combat the efforts of the opposing side, consisting of health advocates and pro-legalization groups. Federal law on medical marijuana is concerned with legalization because of an attempt to control some of its affects on society. An example of such can be recognized as the "wide open sale of marijuana under the guise of medical purpose." The medical marijuana advocates argue that the drug is a naturally safe yet valuable asset in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, relieving symptoms of diseases and disorders as well as providing relief from prescription side effects using to treat whichever the health concern may be. A growing number of patients that suffer from diseases such as (but not limited to) cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimers, epilepsy, arthritis, AIDS and even chronic depression will support all medical legalizations of the drug due to its undeniable abilities to ease pain, discomfort and negative mentalities...