“Pot”, “Weed”, “Grass”, “Ganja”, however you refer to it, this little plant is something that is vigorously argued over by government leaders, reporters, and regular citizens daily. It appears that marijuana is the hot topic these days. It is all around us and cannot be avoided or pushed off any longer. The fact is, regardless of how one may argue it, it is going to be a part of our society. While one should certainly acknowledge that there is sufficient argument from both ends, they should also recognize that the reasons for legalization are too strong to ignore. If one looks past the dramatic and false beliefs, they will realize that the legalization of Marijuana would benefit the health, ...view middle of the document...
Twenty states have already legalized the medicinal usage of Marijuana, however it remains illegal under federal law. California, the first state to legalize Marijuana for medicinal use in 1996, produces 40% of our countries Marijuana, which is worth about 13.8 billion dollars, making it the state’s biggest cash crop (hcn.org).
It has been proven by ancient Indian writings that Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes over the last 4,000 years. It has shown to have a variety of positive effects, mental and physical. Joan Bello- Psychologist, Substance Abuse Counselor, and Director of the Class Action for Therapeutic Cannabis – has a son whose Epilepsy was cured by Marijuana. She states “The subject may begin to notice infinite possibilities to raise the quality of his/her life that would otherwise have remained hidden from normal, defensive consciousness. And feelings of health and happiness naturally lead to hope, which of itself can be curative.” (disabled-world.com).
Marijuana has effects on patients that differ from any other medication. Regarding AIDS and cancer, Marijuana can relieve nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting. It has also been suggested by certain studies that Marijuana slows down the spreading of certain cancerous cells. Marijuana also helps in easing tremors and seizures. Along with this, it helps Glaucoma patients by relieving eye pressure.
But Marijuana is not only physically beneficial. It is also known to be very beneficial mentally and spiritually. Since legalization, California doctors reported that they have been able to treat over 300,000 cases of Migraines through the use of Marijuana (trueactivist.com). Many also consider Marijuana to be mind-opening and revealing, relieving confusion, and helping to think more clearly. There also have been studies that show Marijuana can help treat depression, OCD, bipolar disorder, and insomnia.
For those who argue that Marijuana is extremely harmful, consider this. In Ed Rosenthal’s Why Marijuana Should Be Legal, he lists drug deaths in the United States in a typical year. Tobacco: 430,700; Alcohol: 110,000; Secondhand tobacco smoke: 50,000; Aspirin and other inflammatory drugs: 7,600; Cocaine: 500 alone, 2,500 combined with other drugs; Heroin: 400; Adverse reactions to prescription drugs: 32,000; Marijuana: 0. (Rosenthal 41). Animal testing has proved that the ratio of cannabinoids (chemicals that get you high) necessary for overdose to the amount necessary for intoxication is 40,000 to 1. Also, of the 96.2 million emergency-room visits in 2000, marijuana was mentioned in only .1 percent (Rosenthal 39).
What is so dangerous about this natural herb that has never caused a death and hardly ever causes visits to the emergency room? Perhaps one of the reasons Marijuana is viewed so negatively is the image many have of a low life druggie or hippie smoking pot that most people are given. That is not the reality. Some of our country’s most influential people have...