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Medical Marijuana
Fredrick Cambell, an attorney, stated legalizers' spirit perfectly by stating, "Legalization would not mean that addictive drugs would be legally available to everyone. The purpose of legalization would be to place better controls on access to such drugs. Addiction would be recognized as a disease or physical addiction . . . For non-addicts, the substances would remain illegal in the some way that it is now criminal to sell or use prescription drugs without a prescription." Legalization simply means the entire illicit drug trade would become legal: making, buying, using, pushing, possession. Yet as any pharmacist or drug company knows it can be regulated. If heroine and cocaine were legalized, and were available over the counter, the price must be held to government intervention to be sure addicts or anyone else can easily afford all they want. Illicit drugs are considered immoral not because they harm people; plenty of approved substances have that drawback. Illicit drugs are immoral because users feel better than normal and because people fear the allure. If we want a free society to function, we must permit people to make bad decisions and suffer the consequences. People have a right to ruin their lives. We might even benefit from a little humility when judging people, finding paths to happiness different from our own. The truth is the tougher enforcement gets, the worse trouble will get. The answer is to let go. Dangerous drugs, however, must be accepted as a part of the American heritage. Just as Prohibition created organized crime, today's drug laws keep organized crime alive. Before drugs were illegal, Americans handled them with few problems and treated them as a fundamental right in their production, distribution, and consumption. All of the hard drugs were legal before 1914, and there were few addicts. Drug houses did...
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added: 10/22/2011
Abstract Throughout history, marijuana has played an important role in various cultures by being used to treat ailments and diseases of many different types. Civilizations such as the Chinese used marijuana as a regular treatment, even the Americans used marijuana in the 1840's to treat chronic illnesses. Today, marijuana is used fro a recreational drug. Marijuana users seek after the euphoric feeling that the marijuana provides. The other main use is to alleviate symptoms cause by some of the leading diseases that plague our society. A few of these diseases include AIDS cancer, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma. In AIDS and cancer, the use of marijuana has been proven to alleviate nausea and increase appetite. In multiple sclerosis, marijuana has been shown to reduce tremors, whereas in glaucoma is has been shown to reduce the intraocular pressure of the eye. There are both advantages and disadvantages to legalizing marijuana. Advantages to legalization are that the medicinal users would be able to have their symptoms alleviated with the help of marijuana without the fear of legal ramifications. Legalization would also allot for further research to be completed in studying marijuana and the effects of it. Just as there are advantages to legalizing marijuana, there are also disadvantages. A few of the disadvantages of legalizing marijuana include abuse, health problems, and hazard to others. Throughout all of the debate surrounding this issue, one thing remains, while people are sitting around debating whether ill people should use marijuana to help them feel better, there are sick people sitting around making themselves feel better illegally through the use of marijuana. Legalizing Marijuana Marijuana, pot, bud, weed, or cannabis Sativa, no matter how it is referred to it is still illegal to have, use, or prescribe in the United States. Although it is not legal, marijuana is a hallucinogenic...
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added: 11/05/2011
Marijuana is one of nature's oldest medicines; it has been an ingredient in remedies for thousands of years. Around 3000 BC India and China used Marijuana to treat illnesses, easing childbirth pain, asthma, epilepsy, appetite, and disposition. The chemical components that seem to be valued for treating conditions have baffled science for centuries. Therapeutic success for many diseases gives hope to people in places where hope has been in short supply. The majority of voters approve of medical uses of Marijuana; although the debate over the drug's legal status is far from over. Opposition of Federal officials has caused controversy. The medical use of Marijuana has become increasingly popular, and arguments against it seem to be slowly fading. The drug proves to show an increasingly large amount of therapeutic value and potential. A study by the National Academy of Sciences (1982) showed that Marijuana and its derivatives show promise in treating glaucoma, easing chronic vomiting for cancer chemotherapy patients. In 1988 Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young, US DEA, chaired hearings all over the country examining the testimonies of researchers for and against therapeutic Marijuana. The evidence was un-equivocal mostly. In his ruling he declared that the, "Record clearly shows" Marijuana's value in treating muscular weakness-multiple sclerosis, overactive parathyroid, and reducing chemotherapy related vomiting. The use for glaucoma was less clear cut. ("Marijuana: Medical Uses" http://web.lexis-nexis.com) How Marijuana produces therapeutic effects is hard to say. Marijuana is a very complex drug; it is composed of more than four-hundred and twenty one chemicals, six of which exist nowhere else in nature (Cannabinoids). Pot's main ingredients, mainly Cannabinoids, are poorly understood so it is hard to establish what ingredients produce what effects. Out of the effects, is the ability to improve appetite, reduce nausea, relieve muscle spasms, and relieve eye pressure, all of which...
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added: 11/21/2011
Lately, cannabis use has been a highly controversial subject. Some talk about decriminalization, some are all for legalization, and others want harder laws altogether. Although there are currently laws prohibiting its use, cannabis still grows wild in many parts of the world. It is much like other plants such as the red poppy, a national Remembrance Day symbol, which is rich in a much more potent and dangerous drug, opium. Cannabis should be legalized. Its uses should be maximized, ranging from medical treatment, to responsible use and growing, though not trafficking. It could be regulated much the same as alcohol. After all, we are allowed to make our own beer, wine, and spirits in the confines of our own home. Marijuana should be the same. Common to many prize roses and flowers cannabis has been grown and crossbred for about sixty years. The most important things when crossbreeding a cannabis plant with another cannabis plant for drug uses are: the size of the plant, the bud to leaf ratio, the yield, the taste, and the hardiness of the plant. The two main varieties of cannabis found in the world are Cannabis Sativa, and Cannabis Indica. The Cannabis Sativa plant is much the same as a small pine tree with light green foliage. It is native to Mexico, Columbia, Thailand, India, and Africa. The second variety of the two plants is the Cannabis Indica. The Cannabis Indica is a smaller plant that has wide dark green foliage. The Indica is of the hashish variety and matures much quicker than a Cannabis Sativa. The Cannabis Indica is much hardier than the Cannabis Sativa and is indigenous to the high northern mountain ranges of the Afghani Hindu Kush, Pakistani Kara Korams, Russian Pamirs, and the Indian Himalayas. There are two main stages in the life of...
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added: 10/09/2011