Paper on Marijuana legalization

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marijuana legalization

The topic of marijuana legalization has been a hot topic for many years. To both sides of
the argument there are many pluses and minuses. I personally feel that legalization of
marijuana would be a great benefit to this country. In the complex society we live in
however it is very hard to distinguish the truth from the lies. Personal morals and
stereotypes are also a major factor when trying to argue a subject of this nature. On one
side there are some positive effects, which have been proven as the result of marijuana.
Many legal drugs that you can purchase are more harmful then marijuana. My opinions based
on legalization or marijuana is based on a number social and economic factors.

That brings up the questions why not legalize marijuana as medical drug, which is proven
to be less dangerous than heavy painkillers and morphine. It is possible to overdose on
painkillers and morphine; however, it is a fact that there has never been a proven case of
a death because someone had overdosed on marijuana. (B).

It is also a fact that drugs like painkillers and morphine change the amount of dopamine
in the brain. This is chemical in your brain that makes you think that you need the drug.
Marijuana does not change the amount of dopamine in the brain so it is not classified as a
drug that is addictive (A). These facts he go to show that marijuana hypothetically could
be legalized without major harm to society.

There have been some instances that marijuana could be used as a medical benefit to
patients that have cancer. Marijuana is a great way to reduce nausea because of radiation
treatment. It also gives people suffering from AIDS the sensation to want to eat.

Marijuana can also help symptoms from getting worse with patients with glaucoma. (C) There
is also evidence that marijuana consumption can help relieve pain from people suffering
with tumors and migraines.

Another way marijuana could be a health benefit is to use it on patients who suffer from
asthma. The condition that blocks the airways, characterized by periodic attacks of
wheezing shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Marijuana has had significant
evidence from study that marijuana reduces the symptoms of this desiese(A). People with
asthma are being prescribed "Theopoline" right now for this condition. This drug is
responsible for 6,500 hospital deaths and 1,000 cases of brain damage per year, im pretty
sure if you asked one of the patients with brain damage if he would prefer the use of
marijuana or the legal way he would not hesitate to say marijuana. Marijuana should be
used because it is a safe alternative from more dangerous drugs.

Lets just take a look at the facts on legal and illegal drug deaths in America today shall
we? There are 340,00 to 425,000 relater deaths from tobacco each year, 150,000 alcohol
related deaths, there are 5000 caffeine related deaths a year from stress ulcers and
irregular heart beats. Aspirin related deaths are over 1000. There are over 20,000 "Legal"
Drug overdose deliberate or accidental. Theopoline as I mentioned earlier has over 6000.
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