Marijuana Research Paper

Lately it seems that drug policy and the war on drugs has been in the headlines continuously. Policies in United States government takes against illegal drugs are coming into question. Marijuana laws have been enacted since 1937, that’s over 75 years of prohibition. But in 1996, California passed Proposition 215, legalizing the use of prescription medical marijuana. Just like the failed attempt of alcohol prohibition, marijuana is now rising as the most popular drug in America. Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States. However, it is an illegal substance. It could be used for medical purposes but how will it be kept from being distributed illegally

Marijuana makes people with some mental illnesses more prone to psychosis. How will we protect vulnerable people from this harm How will we be assured that the doctors prescribing the Medical Marijuana won’t take bribes to prescribe an “ill” person Marijuana. Most people don’t take these questions into consideration. There is not funding to pay police officials to make sure people won’t grow it and sell it illegally for their own profit. Marijuana is a gateway drug, in 2009, 2.3 million people reported trying pot in the U.S.A., and of those 2.3 million 717,000 marijuana users admited to trying Cocaine and 480,000 users tried Herion. 73 percent of addicts that go to rehab for cocaine or other “hard” drugs begin their stories with marijuana being the first illegal drug they have ever tooken.

In perspective of anti-marijuana politicians, marijuana is dangerous, ethically wrong, and generally unnecessary. But compared to tobacco and alcohol deaths and injuries that occur annually, marijuana is one of the least consequential drugs out there. With alcohol killing 400,000 people every year. That’s a little over the population of Tucson. With Tobacco killing over 100,000 people every year. There have been no reported deaths leading directly to the use of marijuana. Accidents occurring are not accurate data, but the indirect deaths from drug cartels, gang violence, and exposure to dangerous drugs and activities is only brought when marijuana is criminalized and forced to be hidden from the law. Having cannabis in certified legal dispensaries along with restrictions on purchasing, people will be allowed to safely purchase their buds without danger or worries about their product. Also, no longer having the illegal drug cartels, like those mainly in Mexico and Cuba, there will no longer be a large demand for marijuana saving countless innocent lives.

Medicinal marijuana is still being researched but has already been proven to have medical benefits very unique compared to other drugs. It can be inhaled in a process of vaporization or ingested and digested in everyday food. Cannabis is medicinal form can decrease pain in patients suffer from chronic disorders. Prescription drugs in pill form can severely harm vital organs like the kidneys and the liver, while marijuana relieves pain with little to no harm to the lungs. The effects of cannabis can also include stimulation of appetite. A phenomenon known as the munchies, this side effect is very helpful for any disorders that involve nausea and vomiting by allowing the person to want to eat more often. No other drug can do that.

Legal marijuana will become a gift worth billions to Big Tobacco. The Tobacco industry will devote all their resources to hide research on health effects, resisting regulation, targeting youth and maximizing Marijuanas addictive qualities.There are over 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes. 51 of them are known to be carcinogenic. A carcinogen is something that causes cancer. Research has shown that one Marijuana “joint” is equivalent to ten cigarettes, if thats the case then Tobacco by itself is less addictive than Marijuana. If Marijuana becomes legal to sell and the Tobacco industry get their hands on it and put as much chemicals in the Marijuana as the do Tobacco, then twelve cigarettes will be equivalent to one joint.

People claim that it is “impossible” to become addicted to Marijuana and they can stop whenever they want, but yet no one ever stops smoking it. That’s because the “Long-term marijuana abuse can lead to addiction; that is, compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite the known harmful effects upon functioning in the context of family, school, work, and recreational activities.”Even though Marijuana isn’t a physical addiction(your body NOW needs the drug to survive) but its a mental addiction. Marijuana users feel like they need to smoke just to get through the day, so they can enjoy life, which is a contradiction, Marijuana is a depressant causing you to feel drowsy. People who claim Marijuana isn’t an addictive drug, they’re wrong. About 9 percent of people who use marijuana become dependent on it. It may not seem like a lot but the global number of people who used cannabis at least once in 2007 is estimated to be between 143 and 190 million people.

It is time for cannabis to become legal. Galloping polls show that 50% of the U.S. population agrees with the use of marijuana. In 1965, 1 million Americans have tried weed. In 1972, that number jumped to 24 million Americans. These are hardly criminals, they are CEOs, farmers, singers and song writers, tax-paying citizens being forced to use their weed beneath the law. Every 37 seconds, someone in America is arrested for marijuana related charges, 98% of those arrest are people

just holding. Americans should not suffer for outdated laws.

It’s obvious there are plenty of reasons why Marijuana should and shouldn’t be legalized. Even though it is now legal in many places around the world it doesn’t mean that it is being handled and distributed properly to those who could benefit from it. Marijuana can help cure headaches and other disorders, but if there’s a possibility that Methamphetamine can cure Heartburn will that end up being legalized too

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