Legalizing Medicinal Marijuana
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This paper takes the view that medicinal marijuana should be legalized in all 50 states. The paper compares marijuana to other more conventional forms of medicine, and exposes some of the borderline unconstitutional medicinal marijuana programs in place today. The paper reveals how it has been scientifically proven that marijuana is an effective treatment for some chronic diseases, and passionately argues that legalizing marijuana medicinally and federally regulating the process will possibly even save lives.
From the Paper:"The medical community has made many scientific breakthroughs over the past few decades. There are machines that use magnets to view our internal organs, vaccines that can prevent certain types of cancer, and pain medications that can numb intense pain in an almost otherworldly fashion. Yet, the medical world has left one marvelous resource virtually untapped. The resource being referred to here is Cannabis. Cannabis goes by various names: Marijuana, Weed, Pot, Mary Jane, etc... and although it carries a variety of names, one thing is certainly true about this substance; it heals. Marijuana has been scientifically proven to diminish tumors, and stimulate appetites in Cancer and AIDs patients, but is only recognized as legal, for medical use, in thirteen states, including California, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont (Frost). Other states have certain laws in place that don't actually legalize Marijuana for medicinal purposes but instead allow those who are deemed "sick enough" to either grow or obtain the drug on their own accord. Law enforcement officials rarely understand these laws, and innocent law-abiding citizens are often penalized for trying to access their medicine. Legalizing medicinal Marijuana in all 50 states will not only be beneficiary, but will hopefully end the use of other more toxic means of healing."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Associated Press. "Detroit-area cops seize pot, but law unclear." Chicago Tribune 1 April 2009.
- Frost, Michael. Fox News. 31 March 2009. 3 April 2009 <http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/31/patients-urge-legalization-medical-marijuana-say-compassionate-use-act-provides/>.
- McMahon, George and Christopher Largen. Prescription Pot: A Leading Advocate's Heroic Battle to Legalize Medical Marijuana. Far Hills, NJ: New Horizon Press, 2003.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH News. 11 December 2008. 18 April 2009 <http://www.nih.gov/news/health/dec2008/nida-11.htm>.
- Mikuriya, Tod H. "Dr. Tod's List." International Classification of Diseases 9 - CM 1996 Chronic Conditions Treated With Cannabis Encountered Between 1990-2004. (2004). 3 April 2009. <http://www.mikuriya.com/cw_icd9.html>
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