Should Marijuana Be Legalized For Medicinal Use?
Marijuana, by dictionary.com’s definition, is the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, used for its euphoric effects. In our society it has been a never-ending controversy on the subject of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Every day more research goes into discovering the benefits and harmful effects of using marijuana medicinally. 16 states in our nation have already legalized marijuana for medical uses (procon.org). So why is it that the other 34 states continue to keep marijuana illegal? Or why is it that these 16 states believe that marijuana is beneficial for medicinal purposes? I decided to take a deeper look into the pro’s and cons of legalizing marijuana.
According to Alicia Ault at the Institute of Medicine, marijuana does in fact have medicinal benefits. In her article she states that it is said to help appetite loss, combat nausea, control pain, and reduce anxiety. Joan Bello’s book, The Benefits of Marijuana, claims that its use can have physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits. In her book there is a specific claim that states that marijuana benefits those affected with serious psychosomatic disease such as cancer. On page 60 it states the four main benefits marijuana has on cancer patients. They are: First, the causal element of unconscious pain can be ferreted out. Second, the breath can be restored to fullness, thereby eliminating directly the built up toxicity and, at the same time, enjoining balance throughout the whole organism. A depressed system is a weakened system, and since it works holistically, marijuana gives strength where weakness exists, and expansion and relaxation where there is contraction and nervousness. Third the more richly oxygenated blood that is in effect with marijuana can help to cleanse the poisons at the cellular level. Fourth, a broader perspective through activation of the entire brain leads to positive feelings and thus eliminates the...
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