Legal Marijuana Essay

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Legal Marijuana



Legalization of Marijuana By: Michelle Jarka E-mail: shellgal8@aol.com Legalization of
Marijuana Should marijuana be legalized? This has been an enormous controversial issue for
the last couple of decades. It’s a drug that can be good for you, yet cause many great
dangers. There are many views supporting and opposing the legalization of cannabis. A
patient suffering from AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other serious
conditions often find marijuana the most effective treatment. In some cases it may be the
only remedy. (2nd or not) As of November 2000, there are only 8 patients receiving
marijuana legally as a form of medication. There are thousands of people using the drug
illegal to help them cope with their disease. Presently, patients can be arrested and sent
to prison for using marijuana -- even those who have their doctors' approval. A 1990
scientific survey found that 54% of oncologists with an opinion favored the controlled
availability of marijuana, and 44% had already broken the law by suggesting at least once
that a patient obtain marijuana illegally (Doblin). Marijuana has not yet been determined
as addictive. Both cigarettes and marijuana both contain a certain amount of nicotine. Yet
a person who smokes 2-3 joints a day will intake the same amount of nicotine as a person
who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day. Then why would one be legal and not the other? On
the other hand, marijuana should remain illegal because of the enormous side effects and
addiction that results after using the drug. First, marijuana is what it is, a drug! You
can't change that no matter how many people vote on it. Sure, there are prescription drugs
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