Medical Marijuana Legalization Draft

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Julianna Ospina
Professor Campbell
English 1021
02/02/15
Medical marijuana
The use of marijuana is popular for its recreational use but is beginning to rise in the medical field and should be legalized for its many purposes. Legalizing marijuana will not only help those with arthritis but it could help those with insomnia and help fight off the nausea and vomiting of chemotherapy. Although people think that smoking marijuana also has many side effects regardless of whether it’s medical or not, it is in many ways better for the body than those side effects of taking medication. Medical marijuana can instantly relieve stress, help boost your metabolism and also relaxes you. Barnes reassures me of this in his article where he states that, “Second, one can admit that there are harms, but argue that these harms are acceptable side effects of a drug which whose benefits sufficiently out weigh its harms.”(Barnes 2) Regardless of any side effects medical marijuana may hold, it helps patients so tremendously that the good outweighs the bad. Although some people are really against the legalization of medical marijuana, it has so many positive outcomes that it should be legalized in every state regardless.
Growing up, I always witnessed my mom in pain because of arthritis and although her medications really work for her, she still complains somedays. I have read many times that medical marijuana helps arthritis patients in many ways. One of the most common ways that medical marijuana helps those suffering from arthritis is by relieving pain felt in the joints. The list of the side effects of some kinds of medication for arthritis is ongoing but includes, “Edema (swelling of the feet) heartburn, stomach upset and stomach ulcers and possibly increased risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke.”(Arthritis medication) These risks are far more extreme then those that come from consuming medical marijuana. Marijuana is medically used to treat so many different cases in such



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