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AlmonMSC2014
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DeryMSC2014
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Medical Marijuana

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Started: 11/12/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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AlmonMSC2014

Pro

It has been proven that medical marijuana can be safe and effective for treating cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, epilepsy, glaucoma, and other conditions as well. Marijuana is actually less toxic then many of the medicines and drugs that doctors prescribe today to relieve the same symptoms. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contained in this plant, along with many other cannabinoids, cause relief unlike any other drug.
DeryMSC2014

Con

Although marijuana has been proven as a alternative to treating cancer, it is still a dangerous drug. There are other medical options that have the same effect on cancer patients without being as dangerous. Different medicines can diminish pain and cause relief without having as dangerous side effects.
Debate Round No. 1
AlmonMSC2014

Pro

Although marijuana poses some danger, so do most other drugs prescribed by doctors. It is a powerful drug, but the dangers associated with it are the same associated with smoking cigarettes. Also, many patients only would need medicinal marijuana for a short amount of time, and therefore would not receive many negative smoking effects. The harms of this drug are within the range tolerated for other medications. Cannabis is one of humanity's oldest medicines;China used it in medicinal tea, and for thousands of years people have used this drug without knowing any negative effects. With this being said, the positive effects of marijuana outweigh the slight risks.
DeryMSC2014

Con

Treating diseases with smoked marijuana isn't a valid option. It has negative effects on the heart, lungs, brain, and immune system no matter how long they've been treated with it. Cannabis weakens the immune system which is very valuable to someone who is undergoing a deadly disease. These patients will become dependent on the drug and even when they are not sickly anymore they will feel the need to use it.
Debate Round No. 2
AlmonMSC2014

Pro

It is proven that marijuana is not an addictive drug if used for only a short amount of time. If it is used over a span of many years, it is possible to become dependent on it. However, this number is still only 9%. Also, as I mentioned before, if a patient is prescribed this drug in order to overcome an illness, they will most likely only be using it for a short period of time. If this is the case, it is nearly impossible for them to become "addicted".
DeryMSC2014

Con

The FDA recently reported that there were not scientific studies that support The use of medical marijuana. If a physician prescribes it in an area where it isn't even legal, they could lose their licenses. There wouldn't be a problem with the FDA is there wasn't an issue with using medical marijuana as a treatment.
Debate Round No. 3
AlmonMSC2014

Pro

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DeryMSC2014

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
AlmonMSC2014

Pro

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DeryMSC2014

Con

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by jmarciniak 3 years ago
jmarciniak
I agree that marijuana should be allowed for sick patients.
Posted by kennedymsc2014 3 years ago
kennedymsc2014
Tough decision, I feel there are many pros and cons to each side. I agree that it is acceptable to use if doctors who prescribe the specific medication to their patients are fully aware of what is in the drug as well as have a good prediction of the appropriate side effects. If it's used cautiously and appropriately, I'm sure it can be a great source of treatment.
Posted by calcagnimsc2014 3 years ago
calcagnimsc2014
I agree if marijuana is needed to treat an illness it should be used
Posted by ogilviemsc2014 3 years ago
ogilviemsc2014
I think if it is needed then it should be used.
Posted by 14dalesioj 3 years ago
14dalesioj
Good points
Posted by gagnonmsc2014 3 years ago
gagnonmsc2014
I agree medical marijuana is not addictive.
Posted by Orieles 3 years ago
Orieles
I have a strong feeling that neither of you are well informed about the affects of marijuana.
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