Medical Marijuana: Why it should be legal
Marijuana has been used by human beings since the beginning of time, but for some reason the government seems to think that it is harmful and highly addictive. According to scientist, Ethan B. Russo, “...ancient cultures cultivated cannabis for pharmaceutical, psychoactive, and divinatory purposes." Even thousands of years ago human beings were using cannabis as a medicine. There isn’t any proven evidence in recorded history that one may become addicted to the substance nor has anyone ever overdosed over the substance. The primary reason medical marijuana should be legal is because of its healing factors. It is more than just a plant, it is a revolutionary, and natural medicine.
Too many people are being incarcerated for growing, possessing, and using a plant that grows within the Earth. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU) in 2010 52% of drug arrests were for possession of marijuana. That is more than half of the drug arrests that occur. Marijuana arrests are a waste of money, money that could be better spent on other things. The money used in every state to enforce marijuana laws is around $3,000,000,000 according to the ACLU. All of the money used to enforce the marijuana laws could be used to help out the families struggling through poverty. As a country it is important to look at the bigger picture.
There are much larger issues going on around the world than the use of a natural substance.
Marijuana is a medicine, it can bring more good than it can bring harm. Cannabis can be used to relieve pain, nausea, spasms, appetite stimulation, mood enhancer, and intraocular pressure reduction in patients with glaucoma. The plant is merely supposed to help patients without harming their bodies with unneeded chemicals. Due to the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance (Armentano, 2016). Classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance is stating that marijuana is equally as dangerous as heroin, and cocaine which is not the case. Marijuana should be classified as a Schedule II substance because of its healing properties. There is a reason marijuana exists, and that reason is to heal and save lives.
Medbox, Inc company CEO, Dr. Bruce Bedrick stated, “The weight of science validates that marijuana has significant medical efficacy. To ignore the evidence is to succumb to political tradewinds” (qtd. in Medbox Inc.). He is a supporter of the legalization of medical marijuana; he wants the people who may not be educated in the subject to know the true benefits the plant has to offer. Councilman Bill Rosendahl told The Los Angeles Times that he is in favor of legalizing marijuana and that he has had his own medical marijuana prescription for a decade, and relies on the drug to cope with neuropathy - a painful nerve disorder (qtd. in Medbox Inc.). According to Medbox Inc. multiple studies...