Pros and Cons of Medicinal Marijuana

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Marijuana for the Use of Medicinal Purposes: The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

Laynee Scarborough-Bowser
Kaplan University
CM 109-04

Marijuana, For the Use of Medicinal Purposes: The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

The legalization and use of Marijuana for medicinal purposes is a controversial subject within the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and Society. Here, the writer will examine the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana, who is permitted to use marijuana as a treatment for medicinal purposes. We will look at the states that have legalized marijuana, and those states requirements. First, what is ‘Marijuana”? Marijuana is a dry shredded green and brown flowers, leaves, stems or seeds. The leaves are derived the hemp plant “Cannabis sativa.” The active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. This active ingredient, THC is why the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 is the governing factor over Marijuana. The Controlled Substance Act of 1970, (CSA), which was enacted by Congress, is the major federal law governing Marijuana. Marijuana was improperly classified by the Federal Controlled Substance Act of 1970 as a schedule I substance---the restrictive of five categories. A schedule I substance is defined as having a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Schedule I substances may not be prescribed by physicians. (Demmer, 2001) This act, which gives marijuana its classification, is the reason why there is so much controversy. The Federal Government knows the therapeutic value marijuana has, but continues to enforce marijuana laws against medical marijuana users and their physicians. Even in the states that have enacted legislation especially, for such use, the Supreme Court and Congress will not consider amending the Controlled Substance Act of 1970....
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