I cannot believe proposition 19 did NOT pass this tuesday. With the U.S. spending so much money in a failing and sickening effort to keep persecuting those who smoke pot, and our economy still in the tank, it's just seems logical that either get in on the effort to tax this, or prostitution. Which is it going to be? Probably should be the one that doesn't hurt anyone right? Well, except the pocketbooks of those who profit from selling this weed illegally, money that could be going into our country. It could be that no major politician openly supported the initiative, but then we surely are going to blame them when it takes too long to see any real change of course. Anyway, I thought it would be a good time to share an essay that I wrote a few years ago. Basically, my sister in-law(at the time) was in her senior year in high school and needed to write an essay about why you are against, or for the legalization of medical marijuana. Not a bad assignment right? Except it was due the next day and she hadn't written a word! She sends me a text message explaining her predicament, and lucky for her, she knows someone who has a boring job and time on his hands who knows a thing or two(or a hundred) about medical *cough* marijuana. So I wrote this in about an hour and a half and she plagiarized it, to this day I don't know what kind of grade I got, but she did pass the class with flying colors. Enjoy!
The Need for Medicinal Weed
As early as 3000BC, the use of medical marijuana was documented for the first time in China and central Asia. By the 1960s and 1970s, it became the second most popular drug behind alcohol. This was especially true among young people, causing congress to strengthen laws against its use, and they continue to oppose physicians from prescribing the drug today. There are many benefits for the legalization of medical marijuana. These include: its established use to treat cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma among other diseases; the ability to continue research in hopes of finding further uses for marijuana treatment for new diseases; and finally but perhaps most important, the reduction in street sales which inflict crime and violence in our societies today.
There have been hundreds of studies on the medical use of marijuana since its introduction to western medicine in the early 1900s. The best established use for marijuana as medicine is as an anti-nauseant for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Six states have done studies to prove this as true and as a result many doctors today recommend smoking marijuana to reduce their patients' nausea. Many patients diagnosed with AIDS, may find smoking marijuana as treatment for the repeated nausea and appetite loss associated with the disease. However, the government has blocked marijuana research in this area. Anyone who has ever smoked pot will tell you that it helps improve appetite dramatically. A common myth about marijuana, is branding it as a "gateway drug", meaning it leads to higher potency drugs such as cocaine or heroin. In fact, marijuana has been proven to be helpful for addicts of harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin and even alcohol, when they are trying to kick those deadly habits. As for the treatment of glaucoma, it is accepted by the National Academy of Sciences that the tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), the main ingredient in marijuana, reduces intraocular pressure(IOP) which is the main goal in anti-glaucoma therapy. However, research on this has been recently blocked as well. Marijuana has also been believed, but not yet proven, to treat schizophrenia. A patient with wild and often violent mood swings, can easily be treated with smoking marijuana to calm the patient's nerves and moods, as opposed to prescribed pills which unlike marijuana, lead to dependancy. Marijuana has yet to be proven to be addictive and people who smoke it have no signs of withdrawl. Finally, many opponents of marijuana claim that it causes blood pressure to rise. This is not only false, but perhaps the complete opposite. Marijuana produces a temporary slight increase in blood pressure immediately after ingestion; but people who smoke pot on a regular basis may reduce their blood pressure instead. Many users have found marijuana beneficial in helping control their hypertension from everyday stress. Once again, studies in this area have been slowed down drastically.
Congress has slowed down research on marijuana far enough to be put on a permanent stop in some fields. The legalization of medicinal marijuana is key to further research the drug's actions or counter-actions when using it for treatment. One cannot prove something about anything without research and without it, we may never know the benefits of smoking marijuana. Doctors and scientists alike are day after day finding new uses for the drug but cannot rely on government funding because of the drugs legality, or lack thereof. They are finding more reasons that prove its uses than those against it. In 1936, a movie entitled "Tell Your Children" was released as a cautionary tale of the "dangers of marijuana". It was a highly exaggerated take on the use of the drug in which drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to pot and leads them to rape, violence, wild driving, and at the end of the film, the judge orders the main character to be committed in a mental institution for life. Without medical research that has been scrutinized by the government, Americans across the country would still believe this film to be educational. The film has long been known under a new name, "Reefer Madness", and now a cult comedy favorite even though it was released as a serious anti-drug exploitation film. Government funding for marijuana research is a necessity if we are going to find more uses or even possible harms in the drug. With hope and with time, legal medical marijuana may change enough minds in congress for the funding to become a reality.
The richest man in Colombia was Pablo Escobar until his death in Medellin, Colombia in 1993. In fact, he was named the seventh richest man in the world in 1989 by FORBES magazine. He achieved this feat solely from the sale and exportation of cocaine. The sale of illegal drugs is a problem everywhere in the world today. As long as marijuana is illegal, it will be linked to crime. Although there isn't nearly a high threat such as there is in drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or meth, many people who rely on marijuana for medical uses have to go to great lengths involving themselves with illegal dealers, if the law prohibits the sale of medical marijuana. Its also true that many sellers of illegal marijuana, choose not only to sell the said pot, but also other illegal drugs causing greater problems in the community. A big blow for illegal dealers would be for more states to recognize the benefits of medicinal marijuana and legalizing its sale. It would take many dealers off of the streets, our schools, neighborhoods, and a decrease in crime can be expected. A patient whose sole relief is smoking pot, will go to an illegal dealer to get what he or she needs if the sale of medical marijuana is forbidden in his or her state. While legalizing medical marijuana will only slow down illegal dealers' revenue and not stop it completely, it will take money out of their pockets that they would normally receive otherwise. This alone is a major factor in legalizing marijuana for those who need it.
Illegal drugs are illegal for a reason, because they are abused and contribute to the crime and poverty in our society. The war on cannabis, however, is the most expensive because it doesn't have merit. Many medicinal uses have been found that are not listed because they haven't been legally documented. This is because federal funding for research has not been approved. There are dangers such as respiratory disease due to smoking, but a drug like nicotine remains completely legal without having any medicinal uses at all. Also, marijuana doesn't need to be smoked. The same benefits from smoking pot can be achieved by adding it to baked goods such as cookies or brownies. Recently, lab studies in California have developed vaporizers that can efficiently deliver the marijuana effect while reducing the smoke toxins. Also, marijuana has yet to be proven to cause cancer. The legalization of marijuana is the only way to benefit those who use it as treatment. Until we legalize the use and sale of medical marijuana in all fifty states, those against medical marijuana will continue to deny the patients who rely on it, the health care they desperately need.
1. historychannel.com-"hooked": illegal drugs & how they got that way.
2. canorml.org-national organization for the reform of marijuana laws(California chapter).
3. Wikipedia.com-medical marijuana; Pablo Escobar.
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Unicef, American Cancer Society