The Controversy Over The Medicinal Use Of Marijuana (Missing Closing Paragraph)

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The debate about marijuana in the United States is ever changing and not lacking in attention by any means. Just the topic of marijuana legalization brings about varying opinions on many different levels and which has the potential to divide a country, a state, a county, a city and in some instances, maybe a household. The topic of marijuana and its legalization for whatever reasons contains within it, many topics which the debate currently revolves around. However, the debate to decriminalize marijuana for medicinal purposes is the most profound. But, many who do not know may ask the questions. Who is involved in the debate and for what reasons? How has it affected our society or nation as a whole? Or, what is the past and what may be the future of the controversy. The opinions regarding medical marijuana laws differ from state to state and in some instances, for those states that have already successfully passed medical marijuana laws, are in direct opposition of the United States government and the laws in which were federally enacted on its behalf. However, there are many closely related and controversial ideas surrounding and within the outlining debate. Over the past twenty years the topic of the debate about marijuana has included and/or shifted from the ideas of marijuana’s use as an alternative medicine and whether or not marijuana has a therapeutic value, to the debate on which schedule the drug of marijuana should be classified to according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), or whether or not the legalization of marijuana will increase recreational use, to whether or not the legalization will increase or lead to the attempted legalization of all drugs, not solely marijuana.
Is marijuana effective as a form of treatment and is its use therapeutic? Some people or groups claim marijuana is beneficial to ones health and some the opposite, citing that it is hazardous to ones health. Advocates for medicinal marijuana argue that clinical tests have established that marijuana has definite and valid therapeutic values. It is the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana that is the active chemical component for the relief o pain and symptoms. Marijuana suppresses AIDS-related nausea and nausea in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy, along with appetite loss and abnormal pressure in the eye which leads to glaucoma, the #1 cause of blindness. Marijuana is also believed to be a safe and inexpensive alternative in treating muscle spasms, epilepsy, anorexia, asthma, insomnia, depression and other disorders. Marijuana is not only believed to help with physical ailments, but psychological ones as well. A former chairman of the 1991 established Office of Alternative Medicine’s (OAM) Program Advisory Council said, “When used appropriately, marijuana could be extremely helpful to people undergoing certain kinds of emotional crises.”
Then there is the opposition who says that there is still no consensus that confirms...

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