Topics: Cannabis, Tetrahydrocannabinol, Medicine Pages: 2 (586 words) Published: June 19, 2013
Should Cannabis be Legal in the United States?

Prescription drugs kill about 100,000 people in the world each year. Do you know how many deaths are caused by the use of Marijuana in any way? "There are no deaths from cannabis use. Anywhere. You can't find one," said Dr. Lester Grinspoon, professor emeritus at Harvard Medical School. Marijuana has been one of the most misunderstood herbal medicines in todays culture. With todays culture turning to natural remedies including marijuana should be included. It treats many medical conditions that society has overlooked, due to the point surrounding it. Society needs to put aside stereotypical ideas that it a drug that makes you high and realize the full potential of a natural grown flower that is used to treat many conditions including cancer patients. Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug because it has "a high potential for abuse." This means that the perception is that people get hooked on marijuana and become "potheads," and it begins to dominate their lives. This without a doubt occurs in some cases. But it also happens in the case of alcohol--and alcohol is perfectly legal. Addiction researchers have consistently reported that marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol based on a number of factors. In particular, alcohol use can result in significant and potentially fatal physical withdrawal, whereas marijuana has not been found to produce any symptoms of physical withdrawal. Those who use alcohol are also much more likely to develop dependence and build tolerance. One chemical found in marijuana, called cannabidiol, prevents cancer from spreading, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported in 2007. Cannabidiol stops cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1. Cancer cells make more copies of this gene than non-cancerous cells, and it helps them spread through the body. Marijuana also may be able to slow the progression of...
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