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A Secret Killer Or A Forbidden Healer?

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Marijuana is one of the oldest natural plants with psycho-active properties that has been used around the world for thousands of years recreationally as well as medicinally. Although, the Chinese Emperor Fu His was the first to record marijuana as a medical drug in 2900 BC ( The Plant with a Divided History), the earliest written reference to medical marijuana is found in the 15th century BC in a Chinese Pharmacopeia, the Rh-Ya (Marijuana Research Findings). Marijuana was a legal source for medicines in the U.S. until The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which federally prohibited marijuana. Nowadays, the legalization of Marijuana is a highly heated and controversial topic all over ...view middle of the document...

Moreover, it is proven that if someone uses marijuana on daily basis it can lead to structural changes in the brain. Frequent marijuana use can seriously affect the short-term memory, as well as cognitive abilities. Nevertheless, his claims are based on his personal experience of helping thousands of addicts through the decades. (Legally Blind: Why I'm Against Legalizing Marijuana)
On the other hand Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the Chief Medical Correspondent, who was a big anti-marijuana advocate, is now promoting it as a misunderstood drug. Gupta discovered that marijuana has health benefits for some patients. According to the study from the Scripps Research Institute, a chemical in marijuana, the THC, can help ill patients in slowing the progress of Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, it shows to be much better compered to several mainstream drugs. More important, it has been proven that THC is helping cancer patients as well as patients with multiple sclerosis, relieving their pain when no other medications are working. Furthermore, marijuana is used as an nausea suppressant and it can be used as a medication for anorexic patients for the increase in appetite. Nevertheless, canabis is very useful in treating the symptoms of HIV and hepatitis C, as well as glaucoma and other diseases. After Gupta made his research he concluded “I cannot find the harm in it. I couldn’t find a single confirmed overdose death." Even though many argue that marijuana can cause some kinds of cancer, he cloud not find evidence of marijuana ever causing a single death. (Why I Would Vote No On Pot)
US Senior District Judge John L. Kane, Jr., (Colorado) wrote in an opinion editorial printed Apr. 27, 2002 in the Rocky Mountain News:
In this darkest of comedies, the government hasn't the slightest notion what message our children are presently...

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