Legalizing Medicinal Marijuana
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This paper discusses the controversial issue of medicinal marijuana in terms of Canadian and American government policies, public support and medical research findings, and focuses primarily upon the present situation in Canada. The paper explains that opponents of medicinal marijuana laws argue that effective alternatives to marijuana are sometimes available, and much more research should be done before legalizing marijuana for medical use. The paper then shows how supporters of medicinal marijuana argue that patients suffering from AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other serious conditions often find that marijuana is the most effective treatment. This writer is in favor of further research into the potential of medicinal marijuana, and feels that marijuana should remain a legal medicinal drug in Canada.
From the Paper:"The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is a complex and controversial issue. Many advocates of medicinal marijuana feel strongly that the rights and medical needs of patients have been sacrificed to the government's failing war on drugs. They insist that patients suffering from AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other serious medical conditions often find that marijuana is the most effective treatment, yet using marijuana as medicine subjects those patients to arrest, incarceration, seizure of assets and other harsh criminal sanctions.
"Opponents of the medicinal use of marijuana also point out that substantial medical marijuana research conducted by scientists during the nineteen-seventies and nineteen-eighties yielded positive results compelling enough to lead the Drug Enforcement Administration's top administrative law judge, Francis Young, to rule in 1988 that the DEA's ban on medical marijuana was arbitrary and capricious and that marijuana should be moved to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act regarding prescription availability. Judge Young, who is not exactly a wild-eyed flower child, described marijuana as the safest therapeutically active substance known to man."
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