Another disease where marijuana seems to be helpful in relieving pain is multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a painful disease of the central nerve for which there is no known cure. The most common complaint of MS patients is the pain of severe muscle spasms, dizziness and double vision that can make life almost unbearable (“A Daughters Pain” 1). Some patients say marijuana can help them get rid of these symptoms (“A Daughters Pain” 1). Although drugs already exist to treat multiple sclerosis, many choose marijuana to relieve their suffering (“A Daughters Pain” 1). The reason for this is that other medications often have serious side effects that marijuana doesn`t seem to have (“A Daughters Pain” 1). There is no literature on this, as there have been no controlled clinical trials comparing marijuana to existing legal drugs (“Your Health” 3). However, there is evidence! The first reason weed should be legalized is the number of other legal drugs. Weed is one of the few non-too harmful drugs that are illegal. Many hard drugs such as painkillers, heroin and cocaine are very destructive drugs for your health and perhaps even your life.
Marijuana should not be classified in the same category as these drugs. It should be in the category that includes alcohol, tobacco and even sugar. These drugs are more often related to marijuana than hard drugs (Nathan). It is also clear that alcohol and tobacco are more harmful to a person than marijuana. Therefore, I do not understand why the policy for marijuana is not the same, if not more, than the policy for alcohol and tobacco. Even sugar in many aspects of health can be considered more harmful than marijuana. Marijuana is a much safer drug and harder to overdose than alcohol (Nathan). That`s why many can`t understand why marijuana isn`t legal and alcohol isn`t. Marijuana should have a fair legal policy, just like all other “drugs” that fall into the same category as it. The directive needs to be amended. Marijuana has already been legalized for medical purposes in California and Arizona.
To pass, these laws required a majority vote of the public and Congress in favor of legalizing marijuana. In 1991, eighty percent of San Francisco voters approved the legalization of marijuana, and seventy-seven percent of Santa Cruz voters also agreed (“History of Medical Marijuana” 1). Since these laws were passed, there has been evidence of support for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. California and Arizona may be the only states that have legalized medical marijuana, but they are not the only states that have considered legalizing medical marijuana. “Massachusetts had already passed laws allowing its citizens to use medical marijuana in certain circumstances” (“Reefer Madness” 2). Many states have passed laws that reduce lawsuits against doctors who prescribe marijuana (“Federal Foolishness and Marijuana” 2). There have also been numerous surveys showing that the public prefers the use of marijuana for medical purposes (“Reefer Madness” 2). With all this support for marijuana legalization, it`s only a matter of time before law enforcement of doctors who prescribe marijuana and patients who use marijuana as medicine stop. The trol of nausea and vomiting is of paramount importance in the treatment of cancer patients” (“Information for Physicians” 1).
The reason nausea and vomiting need to be controlled is that “these can lead to serious metabolic disorders, nutritional deficiencies, deterioration of a patient`s physical and mental condition, discontinuation of potentially beneficial and curative antineoplastic treatments, and degeneration of self-care and functioning.” (“Information for Physicians” 1). It is very important for cancer patients to control their nausea and vomiting, and marijuana seems to be able to achieve this. It seems reasonable to give patients the opportunity and make medical marijuana available for consumption. Another very good reason to legalize marijuana is how much it could save our government money and perhaps even profit from it. Marijuana is financially very much our justice system. If the policy were changed and legalized, it could be taxed and used for government funding (Alternet). It has been studied and many studies show that the herb can generate very good income (head). Not only can legal marijuana help make money, but it can also greatly help the justice system. More than 750,000 people are arrested for marijuana each year. This number is crazy when you think about the level of danger of marijuana. 750,000 people are arrested for something that does not directly harm anyone. In addition, enforcement must not only arrest these people, but also pay for each individual case.
Another way to help the justice system is to open up prison places. Marijuana users occupy far too much prison space that could be used for much more serious offenders (Alternet). Overall, the legalization of marijuana could help the justice system tremendously and the policy should be changed immediately. – The legalization of medical marijuana has become an increasingly controversial topic, with many different issues on which people have many different opinions. There is resistance to the legalization of medical marijuana because it can be misused, but it is also believed that it is possible that marijuana could be used to alleviate the suffering of many critically ill patients. Marijuana has been used by people for thousands of years to relieve many serious medical problems. There are many doctors who currently support the effectiveness of using marijuana to treat various conditions. The many people who suffer from cancer, multiple sclerosis and AIDS have discovered that marijuana can be a very effective painkiller and painkiller. The legalization of medical marijuana is considered by its opponents to be one of the worst things we can do. Their reasons are that they believe marijuana should not be legalized for medical purposes because it is an illegal substance, and until that is changed, the prescription is against the law. “Attorney General Janet Reno announced that doctors in any state who prescribe the drug could lose the privilege of writing prescriptions, be excluded from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, and even prosecuted for a federal crime” (Treasurer 1). Government officials like Janet Reno aren`t the only ones opposing marijuana legalization.
Many parent groups, such as Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, oppose the legalization of medical marijuana. Their objections stem from a well-founded concern that teen marijuana use has increased. Their concern is broadened because marijuana today is much stronger than marijuana of a few decades ago.