It's not harmful at all. Only kids under 15 should not smoke marijuana. I'm 15 and I smoke marijuana on a daily basis because I am mostly stressed half the time, and marijuana makes me calm and relaxed. I am actually happier and calm when I smoke weed. It's my best friend when I'm down, to be honest.
I am pretty sure you have never heard of some one overdosing on weed right? Exactly, it's impossible. So why shouldn't weed be legal? Plus a blunt a day keeps the problems away. I'm just saying there are a lot of people out there suffering and weed could be their answer, even if the doctor doesn't prescribe some. It could just be what might save them.
The reason is real simple for me; reduced version is; the classification of cannabis or marijuana is already busted because of a patent being issue to the United States Government proving the medicinal use of the herb., this is undeniable proof.
First cannabis or marijuana is listed as a schedule 1 drug; for those that do not know, this meas is has NO MEDICINAL VALUE at what so ever and also means that the substance is addictive and causes extreme harm. All this is well and good to ban a natural herb, but wait...
The Federal government(the same ones that made the schedule 1 classification up) on October 7, 2003 was issued "US Patent 6,630,507 Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectantss: “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”. The Department to receive this patent(of a natural plant) was The U.S.Health and Human Services.
I think marijuana should be legal. In a free nation there should be no laws prohibiting a persons freedom as long as they do not harm others. How does smoking pot harm any person? I just don't get it. I don't smoke pot, but feel that if a person want to, they should have every right in the world to do so.
I do not think it would be a problem to use marijuana for medical purposes. But, there would have to be oversight to make sure that people were not abusing the situation. It should be reserved for people that are in intense pain and need it to function, such as cancer patients.
If it was legal then hospitals could use it and it could be used instead of pain killers. There would be freedom. For example, if you were out in the woods and you accidentally shot someone then you could reduce the pain with marijuana smoke and not get arrested for it.
We need help to relax, and marijuana can help people to relax or easily to go sleep. It has more advantages than disadvantages, and there is no evidence that it kills humans or is harmful for humans. Because of this, I think that marijuana should be made legal for medical purposes.
I believe that marijuana should be legal for adult consumption in general and that it should at least be made legal for those people who suffer from chronic pain to take as a remedy rather than ingesting man made medications that are full of chemicals that are not natural and that cause many side effects. Marijuana is a naturally growing herb that has no bad side effects and causes no harm to the human body.
With alcohol you can get liver failure and you can die from drinking to much. With marijuana there has not been a documented case of lung cancer in a marijuana only smoker. Also with alcohol there is a higher rate of violence but with marijuana there is a lower rate of violence. The list could go on but i think you all get the idea. And as you can probably tell my view is it should be legalized period.
It is inhumane to deny someone who has a debilitating medical condition any treatment that will ease his pain and, since marijuana has been proven to work in very specific cases, I don't see why the government is preventing them from receiving that treatment. It is only because of its history as an illegal drug that it is being denied. But, these people are not using it for illegal purposes.
Marijuana is not that harmful of a drug, and has less of a harmful effect on society than alcohol, which is legal. Most of our fear of marijuana is unreasonable and based on misinformation. Studies have shown marijuana to be helpful in dealing with several different issues, like restoring appetite and reducing nausea in chemotherapy patients, and easing pain in those with glaucoma. To deny these people relief from their suffering is unjustifiable, especially considering marijuana is less dangerous than other drugs currently prescribed, like prescription painkillers.
I think marijuana should be made legal for medical purposes. I think it is one of the few drugs that are impossible to overdose on. It has been scientifically proven to help a long list of ailments, with relatively few side effects. I feel it is a safe alternative to most man-made medications on the market today.
There are several medical diseases that cause a person constant pain, and many of them are terminal. Making marijuana illegal is not going to stop most people from smoking it, it is just going to force desperate people into the hands of shady drug dealers. If it was a legal product, it could be taxed to make money for the government, just like alcohol and cigarettes.
Medical marijuana has been proven to serve a medical purpose by most top researchers. Many states have enacted laws allowing for a certain amount of marijuana to be in a person's possession, if they have the qualification from their doctor. I personally have been an advocate of this for many many years. It's time that our government wakes up and starts to listen closely to what advanced research has to say about marijuana, and stop turning a blind eye to it's positive potential.
My mother-in-law passed away this year from cancer. While she was going through treatments, she couldn't eat or kick the feeling of nausea, even with the prescription drugs she was given to do so. My sister-in-law talked her into trying marijuana, and it helped immensely. She started smoking a few hits a few times a day, and the nausea subsided and she ended up gaining weight.
Marijuana has some negative short term and long term effects on the human body - but there are also many unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects that occur from the use of some prescription medications. If a very ill person can be relieved of some suffering through the use of a substance, marijuana should absolutely be legal.
For many people suffering from chronic or terminal illnesses, the pain is nearly unbearable. Many drugs can help to alleviate some of the pain but not all of it. Scientific tests have proven that marijuana can help to reduce pain in many ailments. As long as it is regulated and prescribed by a doctor, there is no harm in allowing people with these kinds of illnesses to use marijuana to help alleviate their pain and discomfort.
Marijuana has a bad rap when it comes to the question of legalization. When given to cancer patients, it has been said to give an appetite where there was no desire to eat. It has been given to MS patients to control spasticity. These are a few benefits from a medical view. Comparing the effects of alcohol vs marijauna shows time and time again that marijuana is better.
Some states such as California and New Jersey have changed their laws to allow for the "medical" use of marijuana. These laws are directly aimed at improving the quality of life for people with specific medical conditions ranging from HIV/AIDS to chronic back pain. For some people, marijuana is one of the only drugs that provides effective pain relief. Since marijuana would be prescription-based, it could be affordable for people who rely on their health insurance to pay for their drugs. More widespread availability of marijuana might lead more people to become addicted to a substance, but alcohol and tobacco are already widely available legally and it is doubtful they will be made illegal anytime soon.
Because there are illicit uses for Marijuana doesn't mean that there are not legitimate medical uses for the drug. There are illicit uses for many legalized narcotics but we don't ban the medical use of those narcotics because of the illicit abuses of the drug by drug users. The stigma with marijuana is that it's primary purpose was illicit before the medical benefits were discovered and it is hard to change how we view drugs that have caused so much difficulty in our society. The key is to legislate the illegal uses of marijuana and legalize the medicinal uses of the drug.
Holding back civilization through the banning of one of our most ancient cultivated plants has got to stop. We have receptacles in our brains to take in the chemicals in hemp -- we are supposed to be together. Of course people are getting sick, we have a hemp deficiency, it's as unnatural to us to not use hemp as it would be for us to be completely vegan. It can be done but it's far more difficult to be healthy and have healthy soil without including hemp. I'm an organic farm owner and will jump at the first opportunity to grow hemp on my property.
I do believe that weed should be legal for medical purposes. If it benefits the illness then it should be used. oxycontin is a very bad drug and used in the street but it is still used for medical treatment. There are a lot of drugs used for medicine that are sold in the street so why not marijuana?
Doctors give out thousands of prescriptions each and every day. Many of these are for drugs that are far more dangerous than marijuana. It has been proven that marijuana helps with many different medical issues and symptoms. It should be utilized for them. So many problems in this country could be solved by the legalization of all drugs for any purpose. There would be less crime, less death by overdose, and the deficit would be reduced because of the taxation. The war on drugs would be over, and I don't believe there would be a higher number of drug abusers than there already are.
I think they should legalize pot for use for people with medical conditions when it might help alleviate the pain they are going through. I think it could help people who are undergoing cancer treatments and are suffering from nausea because it has a calming affect on the stomach. It's becoming ever closer to being legalized in general, I think, so for medical reasons, it should be allowed.
Marijuana has been proven effective for battling the pain that many people suffer due to illness. To deny these people this option in treating their pain is completely unreasonable. In reality, marijuana is far less dangerous than strong prescription pain killers anyway. Furthermore, not allowing marijuana to be legalized for medicinal purposes will have little to no affect on peoples' recreational use of the drug.
There is not rational explanation as for why marijuana is illegal. Marijuana is not nearly as destructive of dangerous as psychotropic drugs dealt to us by the pharmaceutical industry. According to psychological studied Marijuana has a very low addiction rate, and statistics show that it is very rarely associated with injury or death other than the issue of its illegal distribution. Tobacco and Alcohol has been linked to many more deaths and these are both legal, the later because prohibition, what we are now doing with Marijuana, did not stop the sale and use of the product. Making this legal would decrease the number of illegal operations and associated violence, and the taboo element which attracts youth to engage in the use of it.
No one wants a country full of pot heads, but let us be honest about pot marijuana for a moment. The health benefits seem to be legitimate, so it is absurd not to use it as such. In addition the prison system is crammed with people who are for the most part just stupid, not dangerous. Legalize it and tax it to high heaven, and finally pay down this national debt.
The reason is real simple for me; reduced version is; the classification of cannabis or marijuana is already busted because of a patent being issue to the United States Government proving the medicinal use of the herb, this is undeniable proof.
First cannabis or marijuana is listed as a schedule 1 drug; for those that do not know, this means it has no medicinal value what so ever and also means that the substance is addictive and causes extreme harm. All this is well and good to ban a natural herb, but wait.
The Federal government (the same ones that made the schedule 1 classification up) on October 7, 2003 was issued "US Patent 6,630,507 Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants: “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Non psychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”. The Department to receive this patent (of a natural plant) was The U.S.Health and Human Services.
Like I said i had an accident in 2009. A trash truck ran into me while i was stopped at a red light. Sine then I am still taking pain pills. Even the doctor said the pills are killing my kidneys and liver. Why should i not switch to smoking marijuana. It stops the pain completrly. But I can to it because i can go to prison, lose my job, and Etc. I live in Georgia so it will never pass here.
My brother would be dead without the use of Cannabis. I'm also sure that if the condition went untreated it would have killed him. That being said, if he had succumbed to the barrage of prescription medications his specialist signed for he would be dead a long time ago.
This drug economy needs to be fixed. There is no profit in curing disease so that's why it rarely happens. When will people wake up?
Why can't people just accept that marijuana is a drug that can't harm you. There is plenty of research on both sides, but most of the TRUE pros outweigh the TRUE cons. Tobacco and alcohol are perfectly legal, and they kill people every day. Marijuana has not killed a single person,yet it is still illegal. Keeping marijuana illegal isn't going to stop the use of it. Its just going to put more and more innocent people in jail for nothing.
There has never been a reported death caused by the use of Marijuana. There is no evidence that Marijuana has the potential to cause any kinds of cancer. Many people already benefit from the use of medical Marijuana. Although Marijuana can become mentally addicting in some users, it cannot become physically addictive, but you can get mentally addicted to anything even FOOD! God made Marijuana. Man made beer. IN GOD WE TRUST!
"Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, caffeine and refined sugar are among the most commonly used, potentially habit-forming recreational substances. All are best left out of our daily diets. Only marijuana is illegal, though alcohol and tobacco are clearly more harmful. In several respects, even sugar poses more of a threat to our nation's health than pot." Alcohol is illegal for kids because it is harmful for developing minds. Why not do the same with pot? It's not like marijuana is illegal because of harmful side effects anyways. Hungry, happy, sleepy. Those are the effects. An adult user of cigarettes can expect to get cancer in the near future. An adult user of marijuana can expect a trip to Taco Bell.
There is no good reason to keep a God-giving entity that has been is existance for as long as humans. So saying we lived without it is asinine. No one is alive today when it was legal in this nation. We have become an ignorant society to be honest and this plant will help resolve many issues with our economy and health.
Marijuana is NO worse than alcohol or tobacco! There have been no deaths caused by marijuana. There is really no reason it should be illegal. It's just a herb/plant that grows around the world. people should be able to use it however they want. It really causes no problems. It takes away pain, and makes people feel good. Just legalize it!
All people who use maijuana, for medical purposes, are often happier people, are nicer, and have more of a positive attitude. For the people who are against it, let me tell you this. Would you rather die happy or die sad and in pain? You might have a family member who has/had cancer. Have they ever told you they were in pain? Well Marijuana probubly would have helped their pain so much.
Help people with ADD/ADHD focus
Help you fall asleep
Calm you down
Be used Spiritually
Cheaper then Cotton
This plant can be used in so many different ways, yes it can be used to get high, and who cares. Marijuana has no permanent negative effects and has caused no deaths ever! The people over there---------------------> Say it has been abused in california; think about it, if alcohol was only legal for medical purposes imagine how many problems there would be with that.
Marijuana is only banned because our government can use it as a scapegoat to blame for everything, the reason they make it look so bad is because the government is run by big business and marijuana will cause many businesses go out of lose all their money to a safer, cheaper alternative...
Marijuana should be legalized because it does wonders for the mind and for people with illness. It can help alot of people out. Everyone is starting to use marijuana for personal reasons. I think that they will legalize it sometime in the near future i hope they do anyways. It is good for the mind and soul
Marijuana has been proven to eliminate pain. If medically legal in the states where the contaminated steroids were administered, we would not have lost a life. When processed into an oil it is taken by mouth to cure many ailments. It is used as a treatment for burns, scar tissue, brain tumors, and even cancer. All with no side effects, other than a euphoric feeling. It sounds like more of a God given miracle than the evil weed that our government has tried to convince us of. If you need more info, then just look up Rick Simpson oil.
Marijuana has already been legalized in some states for medical use. Since marijuana has proved effective at treating some conditions and has no major medical side effects, I do believe it should be legalized for medical use.
Marijuana can be used as a pain killer, and so can Percocet. The effects of this drug are more sever and you can become physically addicted to Percocet. Also, marijuana can be used to cure cancer, as an appetite increaser for the malnourished, and a sleep medicine for those who suffer of insomnia.
Because even though it is illegal we should use some people might need it to live but now because people use it to much its illegal I don't think people will get high if you give them marijuana so that's why I think that marijuana should be legal ok bye bye
Whether it is legal or not, the use of marijuana will continue. In order to use our tax money for a better cause, we can decriminalize marijuana. Our prison systems could also be cleared up and be used for actual crimes. Marijuana overdose is impossible and death from it is also impossible, yet alcohol which is perfectly legal at age 21 and over, kills around 2.5 million individuals PER YEAR! The logic behind alcohol being legal, while marijuana which is not a drug, but an herb, is illegal because it makes people "lazy"? What has the government come to these days??
I know 5 people with their medical marijuana including my fiancé, sister, brother-in-law, and friends. If not for medical marijuana my fiancé would be in a wheelchair right now because he suffers with limes disease and loss of his cartilage. He consists of less than 10 percent cartilage in his whole body, meaning that every time he moves his bones grind together causing significant pain and lack of ability to walk or work hard at his job. I also have a friend that has a cyst in his brain causing severe migraines and chronic pain, the only way he completed high school was the relief of pain by smoking marijuana. Also, marijuana cured my uncle from deliberating seizures and saved his life. These are the things I've witnessed and why I strongly believe that marijuana IS safe to be used medically and I recommend it.
Life expectancy after diagnosis of GIST cancer is 5 years, and current pharmaceuticals and radiation chemotherapy DO NOT work. Studies show injections of marijuana extracts may help treat GIST cancer, and might possibly lead to remission. Injections would be administered by medical personnel, and patients would not smoke marijuana. Why not give them a chance to live?
About 6% of the current US marijuana studies investigate the benefits of medical marijuana; the rest are designed to investigate harm, presenting a distorted view. When smoked, marijuana leads to dependence in around 9-10% of adult users. 25% of heroin users become addicted. 30% of tobacco users become addicted, and many die from it.
I really thing we should legalize it due to the rate of crimes committed just to keep people quiet about where they got it, how they got it and what they should say if they are confronted by the authorities and or possibly friends and family. That is my view.
The government does not want to legalize cannabis because of the money they get from prescription pills. What they don't realize is that cannabis can bring in so much more money than prescription pills because so many more people use cannabis rather then pills. We wouldn't have a lot of pills we have today because cannabis helps with pain, diseases, etc.
It should only be legalized for medical use only because it can help with certain diseases and infections. It could help a loved one that gets sick better and be brought back to health. I believe that it could help out the world for medical purposes. I don't want people to have to smuggle it around to try and help a loved one get cured.
Marijuana helps protect from cancer, because the marijuana slows down the cancer. Not only that but it protect from brain damage and that happens a lot in our world so having protection would be a good thing. This is why it needs to be legalized. It because it protects and heals more than it hurts.
Every objective study on marijuana has concluded that it is far safer than alcohol and cigarettes for the consumer and the surrounding community. Alcohol and tobacco are more toxic, more addictive, and more harmful to the body than marijuana, and alcohol is more likely to result in injuries and lead to interpersonal violence. According to an assessment recently published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal, health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers, and those for tobacco consumers are are 40 times greater than those for marijuana consumers.
Marijuana is safer for the consumer. According to the center for disease control (CDC), more than 37,000 annual deaths in the United States are attributed to alcohol use alone. People die from alcohol overdose but the CDC does not have any recorded marijuana deaths. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society, American Scientist, reported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drug and using just ten times what one would use to get the desired effect could lead to death. Marijuana is one-if not- the least toxic drugs, requiring thousands time the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. Alcohol damages the brain. Although some may think, marijuana does not. It actually turns out that in grown adults marijuana can protect your brain. The complex chemical makeup of marijuana it has been recently discovered to actually reduced the likelihood of developing certain types of cancer including esophagus, neck and brain cancer.
I believe that medical marijuana should be legalized because it has been found that it can help you cope with pain, help with epilepsy, also an alternative for cancer people that go through chemo for their appetite. It is also good for the patient to have a choice between having to take gross pills or get to be happy and smoke for their health.
In future opponents have to accept that marijuana is a drug that can't harm you, as there is plenty of research on both sides, but most of the TRUE pros outweigh the TRUE cons. Tobacco and alcohol are perfectly legal, and they kill people every day, Marijuana has not killed a single person,yet it is still illegal.
Illegalizing marijuana isn't going to stop the use of it, Its just going to put more and more innocent people in jail for nothing. As marijuana has been proved effective for treating some medical conditions and does not have any major side effects, I do believe it should be legalized for medical use.
I have horrible health anxiety and depression. I was supposed to be on Songs for 2 weeks which helped a little in the beginning , but my anxiety hit another level and I stopped mid 2nd week. The first drug I used a few months before was Paxil, and it did help.. Except for the bloating. I took it for maybe a week and stopped, it was took good to be true, and has made people blind and even death because of additions. I'm glad I told myself it was too good be true and did some research on it. Now.. I stopped taking all anti depressants and went to a few sessions of therapy.. It really helped, but the anxiety was creeping back so I tried my moms Lexapro. Just one 10mg pill and felt good for 2 days.. But then I felt like I was going to die 2 days later. I gave up on everything. I weighed 94 pounds (I am 97-98 pounds.). So I did it. Got a hold of a dealer and bought about 2 grams and here I am. I only smoke twice a week. Because no smoke is really good for your lungs.. But it is the SAFEST THING because your not INGESTING PILLS or ALCOHOL. Even if you ate weed you would not die!
I honestly think the only impediment to legalization is the PAC money that funds a lot of our politician's campaigns. Specifically large pharmaceutical companies. I have fibromyalgia, spinal issues ptsd and Ocd. I refuse to take opioid medications because I have seen lives ruined by their use. I don't drink alcohol. I work hard and contribute to my community. Yet under current laws I am a criminal.
Some of the biggest medical conditions that people have probably heard of is that it's used to help treat cancer, Glaucoma, Cataracts, and some other illnesses. Many patients that suffers from these illness will lose their appetite and get sick. Meanwhile, many patients will avoid eating and tend to lose a lot of weight, including HIV or AIDS patients. Marijuana makes a person hungry and also helps to relieve a lot of the nausea. However, after eating, marijuana benefits patients by helping to keep the patients food down. Marijuana can also help with multiple sclerosis too because it stops the muscle spasms and takes away the pain. Marijuana can help with mental disabilities such as depression, anxiety, stress, and ADHD. It calms down a person.
Marijuana is no more addictive than caffeine, it doesn't harm one's health like sugar or cigarettes.
My brother had MS. I said had because he died two weeks ago now and with all the medications given to him by his doctor he was still it a lot of pain, and a great deal of discomfort until he started using "marijuana". Although he obtained it illegally it was the best thing to happen to him during his final days. Thank you "marijuana" for giving him that peace.
The curing effects of marijuana completely outweigh the negative affects. Marijuana is used for pain relief when a person is suffering from horrible diseases such as cancer and terminal illnesses. Marijuana should be legalized only for use in hospitals and at medical centers in order to help patients get through tough times. It only should be restricted to hospitals so they can reduce the pain of their patients and the public shouldn't be allowed because many criminals can get their hands on it.
Marijuana SHOULD BE LEGALIZED!
It is a plant like any other - with correct and controlled application the plant will provide a natural form of relief for numerous afflictions. The fact that it is being used successfully in forward thinking states worldwide proves we are limiting its potential through our lack of understanding. The high usage of cannabis in uncontrolled and illegal aspects shows that society needs a substance that provides the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
There are no documented cases of complications with Marijuana overdose, yet there numerous documented cases of alcohol poisoning and lung cancer associated with smoking tobacco. There are numerous ads on TV now showing the side effects of tobacco use and there are numerous campaigns about drinking responsibly. Traffic fatalities attributed to alcohol use are well documented.
Marijuana can really help people when they are in pain and I think if they prove that they are in pain without it then they should be able to legally have it. I do think it should be for medical use only though. Not just for fun. I think a lot of people agree on that.
Seriously I have been smoking weed for a long time. Nothing bad has ever happened. All this bull crap about how it ruins your life and junk is just ridiculous. The DEA and government is just making it look bad. Its not illegal because its bad, its bad because its illegal. People can drink and smoke cigs why can I get high? Stupid....
It can be well put to use for cancer patients and patients with other pain related problems. There were six scientific studies that proved smoking marijuana reduces nausea and reduces pain for many patients, especially for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It should be legalized strictly for medicinal purposes only in my opinion.
Whilst some forms of taking marijuana can be harmful, these are not linked the the plant itself more the mechanism of action of the route used, for example smoking. A governmentally regulated system would provide a much safer market for medical marijuana and there are little negative side effects vs the potential benefits in conditions such as cancer, motor diseases, glaucoma.
Marijuana helps treat many different problems. From Cancer, HIV, AIDS, Glaucoma, and any other types of pain. Marijuana is good for you. Cannabis can be used for many different tasks. From Making clothes to buildling houses. Legalize it. It's safer than most perscribed drugs. Just marijuana is the best thing in the world.
It's simple. It was outlawed simply because the Government and the FBI wanted to make it a narcotic just by looking at the minimal side effects and not the really good side to it. It is preposterous how millions of people are against it when they know nothing about it, just that it provides pleasure and that that's how most people use it.
Weed is far more better than cigarettes and such are for helping people with nerves and such. Pain comes from receptors in the brain where they send signals to one another. Marijuana helps block those receptors from sending those signals, as does alcohol and other products. But alcohol does more than just that, it fogs your mind from thinking, cigarettes stunt growth, cigars and snuff do the same as cigarettes do. Marijuana comes straight from the plant, it only just needs to dried then it is ready for use. So what is the big deal with marijuana? I say we should be more worried about cigarettes than weed.
The U.S is in an incredible amount of debt; legalizing weed will obviously bring in a substantial income. If anything, its less harmful and safer to use weed rather than to drink. It's 10 times better than most medicines too. Lastly, marijuana is NOT a 'gateway drug' and isn't addicting.
No known fatalities through cannabis consumption alone. It's been used for many thousands of years. There are many legally available drugs which have serious and dangerous side effects, yet cannabis has been proven many times to be relatively safe. It is unacceptable that people who are trying to provide symptomatic relief, or to cure themselves or loved ones using a naturally occurring medicinal plant are forced to be treated as criminals in the eyes of the law.
My father has M.S. (Multiple schlerosis). He has smoked it for years, and years. I do believe he has been smoking it since before I was even born. He has been keeping track on what they have been saying for the marijuana effect in politics. He believes it helps with the pain of M.S. If you know what marijuana feels like, it calms your nerves, it makes you feel great. That's all it does. It is almost like a light form alcohol. It really does help with pain in my opinion. It helps emotionally as well as physically. Everyone who says it's "wrong" just because it's drug and that it "messes" with your head, and that it makes you say and do things you would normally do if you weren't on it, but you have to look at other things. They legalized alcohol and cigarettes and they both have higher death rates than marijuana. Marijuana on the other hand, I don't believe I have ever heard of someone dying from the effects of it. If anything, we should be looking towards making cigarettes illegal, NOT marijuana. Marijuana is more of a solution, NOT the problem. Cigarettes and cigars as well as all those other products, have all been proven to be the cause of certain types of cancer, asthma, and a of other medical problems. In my opinion, you have no right to say yes or no on this subject un;ess you know the effects of marijuana as well as felt the effects yourself. NO I am not an addict. The last time I smoked some was months ago. I only do it when I become very depressed. So there is my opinion.
The so called "drug" cannabis harms people no more than any painkiller. Sure, people may get addicted to it but it's ten times harder to overdose on it than on other street drugs. Any prescription drug can hurt you and cannabis is doing almost the exact opposite. It numbs pain caused by almost all horrible diseases.
Negative and how they can be avoided:
People being prescribed drugs without just cause: make regulations tighter. Make it harder to prescribe. It's not like you can walk in to a doctor's office, ask for some morphine and receive it straight away. If doctors were less willing to prescribe medicines, there wouldn't be a problem
The state has to regulate it: do you have any idea how much money this makes? It also provides jobs, and makes sure that the products being provided are up to standards.
Legalization will encourage people to smoke: in the Netherlands, marijuana has been decriminalized. Not only have they seen NO INCREASE in the number of marijuana smokers, but also the number of hard drug users has not risen, likely due to the fact that people buying marijuana don't have to go to these dealers to buy pot. To give a comparison, in 2008 the BBC aired a program called "Should I Smoke Dope?" (Don't bother watching it, the presenter is the most irritating, naive person I've ever had to watch) where they claimed that since the 70s (so in approximately 30 years) use of heroin had increased by 1000%. Yes, ONE THOUSAND PERCENT. For every 1 heroin addict in the UK in the 70s, there are now 10. Makes you think doesn't it?
Going on from this, do you honestly think NOT legalizing this medicine will discourage people from recreational use of marijuana? If you think this, you are wrong.
Marijuana is addictive: no it isn't. No. Just No. It is physically impossible to be dependent on or addicted to marijuana. A very small number of chronic marijuana smokers (who smoke DAILY) report feelings of sadness when stopping marijuana usage. We're talking less than 1percent of the marijuana smoking population.
Other drugs can have the same effects in a safer way: As I've already said, weed never killed anyone. Those "LEGALLY PRESCRIBED" (karatekid34, I'm looking at you) drugs are not safer at all. It is physically impossible to overdose on THC.
Sources/further reading if you're interested:
Aside from many newspaper articles, University lectures and documentaries... (google should bring up some of the better ones, but be warned , some are very prejudiced, you need to think for yourself and question research sometimes - for example animal studies are of little use, as are case studies and culture specific studies: many of the studies on long-term effects of chronic marijuana use have been done in Jamaica, so cultural differences may effect results)
"Therapeutic Uses of Cannabis" - British Medical Association
"The new social drug: Cultural, Medical and Legal Perspectives on Marijuana" - David E. Smith M.D. (ed.)
"The Drug Legalisation Debate" - James A. Inciardi (ed.)
"The Science of Marijuana" - L. Iversen
There are a lot more, but these are quite interesting if you actually know what you're talking about.
The effect that marijuana has on the human body is way better than cigarettes and alcohol. Also the legalization of this plant would stimulate our economy. The government already spends too much on marijuana prohibition. If the government would legalize it and tax it, we would get out of this debt we are in.
I'm being treated for fibromyalgia and a wide array of back problems. I've tried too many medications to count, and have found no better alternative than marijuana. Currently I am taking 900 mg of neurontin daily, as I am firmly against opiods, but the side effects are horrible! It causes dizziness, loss of appetite, frequent migraines, and almost constant nausea, which has caused me to lose 30 lbs in 4 months. I smoke 2-3 joints daily, which both eases the pain and the side-effects, and increases appetite. The combination of neurontin, flexeril, and marijuana is working better for me then all of the meds combined. DECRIMINALIZE IT!
My mother in law used marijuana when she was going through chemo and radiation. It was the only way she could keep food down. It greatly reduced her pain, she was able to sleep better, it gave her an appetite. For those reasons alone, I feel that anyone who needs it should be able to use it.
All the people who need it lived without it before. Most of the people who use this are abusing the prescription of the drug. It has led to more problems in California than it has solved. Its has been acquired by some who say they need it but they are just lying so they can sell and use it for illegal purposes.
While marijuana can help solve nausea in cancer patients, do you really want to give a cancer patient marijuana? Just think about that for a minute. Does that even sound reasonable? There has been research done that has found mold and other toxins in marijuana. Now the medical version is "cleaner" then what you would get from a dealer, but it still has a bunch of stuff that can destroy you.
Do you think marijuana isn't as addicting as alcohol or tobacco? Think again. There have been studies such as animal testing and neuroscience that have shown that the withdraw is as bad as the withdraw for alcohol or tobacco. If marijuana can be used for medical uses, why can't it be used for people who just want to go get high in the park?
Lastly, there are other LEGALLY PRESCRIBED drugs that can solve the same problems that marijuana has but in a safer and more effective way. By making marijuana legal for medical use, you increase the chance for the power to abused. Plus, with marijuana used for medical uses, society might want to make marijuana legal in general.
Marijuana is NOT for medical problems. It is for people who want to waste their life getting high and throwing their life down the drain. Think about it. The decision is up to you on what you want to do with your life. I would hope you make the right choice.
California made medicinal marijuana legal and look what has happened. Patients and druggies took advantage of it, and even doctors signed prescriptions where the pot wasn't needed. Now California is having problems with all these companies selling pot and they're having to take over the business and regulate the companies. It hasn't worked in California, and currently the negatives of medical marijuana outweigh the positives.
Imagine going onto an airplane for a family reunion and you look into the cockpit and see the pilot with his Jamaican headpiece and dreadlocks hanging out. You recall seeing him at the Jamaican festival in Austin, Texas last year. You notice his eyes are blood red. Your flight path is going near an area which is predicted to have storms soon, how happy will you be with that stoned pilot then. Your child is diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and you find out that the surgeon won the weed brownie baking contest last June-ready to have him cut your child's brain open. This is just a few of the many cases that I can think of where marijuana use would end up with an undesirable result. Just because something feels good does not always mean it is okay to do. Would you have unprotected sex with a prostitute it feels good but may not be safe my friends!
I know some people believe that these drugs could be great help, but I know that there are better options. There are many different medicines that ARE legalized and why can't we just use those? If we already have a solution there is no need to legalize these drugs.
What do you think?
Yes, marijuana has been proved in a few cases to help with diseases like glaucoma, but other medicines have too. Elderly people, or others with form of a heart problem, aren't even able to safely take marijuana, because of how much it increases heart speed. Many people have died in accidents such as car crashes due to being on a marijuana high. Also, it is proved to be a gateway drug, meaning that it can lead to worse things such as cocaine or heroin. Even if it isn't a gateway drug, its very addictive. One would start hanging out with others that smoke pot. If this continued, its inevitable that they would run into another drug. It is also proved that it leads to other drugs because the high starts to wear out. People start to want to be high for longer. 99.9% of cocaine users state that they started with marijuana. Also, smoking pot can lead to dropping out of school, or work. Colleagues, teachers, and bosses report that their employees and students have stopped reporting to work and school because of their marijuana addiction. Lastly, on 10/20/13 a medical marijuana grower was murdered for his pot. This could become a big issue too. If marijuana was more prevalent in society, it would become easier to use, which means that there could be a huge population of marijuana addicts, which would be horrible for the United States
I think it should because bringing more options for the patients of the medical world helps people find an effective treatment that suits them the most. Benzos have bad side effects and opiates are very addictive and hard to control. I can't imagine some guy telling somebody with a serious health problem that he can't get the medicine that works for him because he is a piece of shit.