12 July 2009
The Legalization of Marijuana
Marijuana should be legalized not only for the medical benefits, it could also be taxed such as alcohol, and cigarettes to produce revenue that our country needs, it also could be utilized as many resources. The main focus for this paper is to let the truth about marijuana speak for itself, rather then the hypocrisy, and propaganda that our government “feeds to us the pubic”. I will present a factual report based on the evidence I obtain via books, newspapers, and the internet. Christine Van Tuyl notes marijuana can be used medicinally for aliments such as “cancer treatment, glaucoma, seizures, chronic pain, insomnia, and AIDS” (41-43). Just how the legalization of alcohol was able to help our country get out of the great depression, legalizing and taxing marijuana could be one of the answers to get our now economically struggling country out of this predicament. “Since the United States, and much of the rest of the world, plunged into a recession last year, the most frequently used argument in favor of legalizing marijuana has been economic: if it were taxed, the revenue would help stimulate economic recovery just as a gusher of dollars in fresh tax revenue from alcohol helped the United States pull out of the Great Depression after the 1933 repeal of prohibition” (Debusmann, par 4). Cannabis is also used as hemp, but not produced as commercially or nationally as it could be utilized. Hemp can be processed into many forms such as textiles, paper products, plastic moldings, nutritional supplements to name a few.
Christine Van Tuyl states “According to the United Nations Office on drugs and crime, “cannabis continues to be, by far, the most widely used drug in the world.” More than 100 million Americans aged twelve or older-or 40.2 percent of the population-have tried marijuana at least once in their lifetime. More than 3.2 million Americans smoke it on a regular basis.” (9). Christine Van Tuyl quotes Paul Armentano “Policy makers, law enforcement, and the U.S. government grossly exaggerate marijuana’s potential harms, according to Paul Armentano, chairman and president of N.O.R.M.A.L., the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The truth is most other drugs-including legal prescription drugs-are more harmful than marijuana. Marijuana is not a casual factor in emergency room admissions, nor does it harm the brain as due other drugs like cocaine.” (21). Marijuana is one of the safest and most useful substances to alleviating the symptoms associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, epilepsy and many others as well. Christine Van Tuyl notes that “on March 17, 1999, the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that “there are some limited circumstances in which we recommended smoking marijuana for medicinal use.” (42). Scientists also found marijuana to be one of the safest and most therapeutic substances actively known. Not one person has ever died from an overdose, and it has a wide variety of therapeutic prescriptions, such as: the relief of appetite loss and nausea, sleeping aid, relief from chronic pain, reduction of eye pressure due to glaucoma, and the reduction to muscle spasms. In AIDS patients marijuana reduces nausea, loss of appetite and vomiting because of the disease itself and the AIDS medication. In cancer patients it can relieve the symptoms associated with chemotherapy, such as vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite. With multiple sclerosis marijuana can limit the muscle spasms, and pain caused by the disease, it can also relieve tremors and the unsteadiness of gait. Marijuana can actually prevent epileptic seizers in some patients. When it comes to pain marijuana can relieve the chronic and often debilitating pain caused by myriad disorders, and injuries. Many other patients have reported that cannabis has been beneficial for treating problems such as: arthritis, menstrual cramps, migraines, alcohol and opiate...
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