Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Purposes

  • legalize-marijuana-medical-purposeIn the past, marijuana was considered as a prescription for many health complications and physicians all over the world recommended it to stimulate appetite, treat asthma, and relieve chronic pain. However, there has been quite a tussle between advocates and critics of marijuana on marijuana legalization debate. While some feel that benefits of medical marijuana outweigh its drawbacks, others are of the view that legalizing marijuana could mean approving the drug for use by any one, which may emerge as a serious problem, especially among children.

    In this piece of information, we will only be emphasizing on how marijuana was used in the past and legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and our focus would not be on using marijuana for recreational purposes.

    How Marijuana was used

    African mine workers and Jamaicans use marijuana to change mood and relieve fatigue. Marijuana is still used in primitive tribes of South America, Africa, and India for medical purposes. For most part of the 20th century, it has been used as an intoxicant.

    Marijuana was first described in the 2nd century B.C. in print in a Chinese book of medicine, “Herbal,” and was used by the ancient Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, and East Indians for controlling muscle spasms, treat indigestion, and reduce pain. The drug was part of most medications in Africa and Asia.

    Now let us move on the primary topic of this article: legalizing medical marijuana by accessing some legalizing marijuana facts.

    Marijuana, when used in moderation, is not as harmful as tobacco and alcohol. Classifying the drug as a scheduled drug suggests an intrusion to personal freedom of its users. Moreover, legalizing marijuana would mean a lower prices and curbing down crimes like marijuana theft. Marijuana is one of life’s little pleasures for some people just as sex, cigarettes, and alcohol. Legalizing marijuana by state and central government would help them earn additional revenue that could be used for creating a better society. It would be easy for associations such as the U.S. FDA to regulate the safety and quality of the drug if marijuana is made legal.

    In addition to that, medical marijuana has been clearly suggested by many studies as a safe non-toxic medicine that is extremely useful for treating most disabling medical conditions including multiple sclerosis, cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, chronic pain, etc. This drug can help terminally ill people to lead an improved and quality life and its use is associated with the lowest withdrawal symptoms (that is a huge positive).

    Dozens of peer-reviewed studies, prominent medical organizations, and major government reports have recommended that marijuana should be made legal for its medicinal properties. It has been revealed that medical marijuana is second to none when it comes to treating medical complications such as nausea, breathing disorders, AIDS, AIDS wasting, Alzheimer’s disease, Arthritis, epilepsy, and Tourette’s syndrome.

    The fact that marijuana is a useful drug is evident from the following statements:

    “Marijuana is the safest therapeutically active substance known to man… safer than many foods we commonly consume.” — DEA Judge Francis L. Young, Sept. 6, 1988

    “The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.” – Joycelyn Elders, MD, Former US Surgeon General, Editorial, Providence Journal, Mar. 26, 2004

    “ACP urges review of marijuana’s status as a schedule I controlled substance and its reclassification into a more appropriate schedule, given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana’s safety and efficacy in some clinical conditions…

    ACP strongly supports exemption from federal criminal prosecution; civil liability; or professional sanctioning, such as loss of licensure or credentialing, for physicians who prescribe or dispense medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Similarly, ACP strongly urges protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws.” – -American College of Physicians, “Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana,” acponline.org, Feb. 15, 2008

    “The evidence in this record [9-6-88 ruling] clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.”-Judge Francis L. Young, DEA Administrative Law Judge, Administrative ruling on Petition to Reschedule Marijuana, Sep. 1988

    “[T]here is very little evidence that smoking marijuana as a means of taking it represents a significant health risk.

    Although cannabis has been smoked widely in Western countries for more than four decades, there have been no reported cases of lung cancer or emphysema attributed to marijuana.

    I suspect that a day’s breathing in any city with poor air quality poses more of a threat than inhaling a day’s dose — which for many ailments is just a portion of a joint — of marijuana.”-Lester Grinspoon, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, “Puffing Is the Best Medicine,” Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2006

    “Patients receiving cannabinoids [smoked marijuana and marijuana pills] had improved immune function compared with those receiving placebo. They also gained about 4 pounds more on average than those patients receiving placebo.”-Donald Abrams, MD, et al., “Short-Term Effects of Cannabinoids in Patients with HIV-1 Infection,” Annals of Internal Medicine, Aug. 19, 2003

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    References:

    • New Emerging Evidence of Marijuana’s Medical Efficacy, The Science of Medical Marijuana
    • http://www.idebate.org/debatabase/topic_details.php?topicID=254
    • http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1901
    • http://joebobin.tripod.com/
    • http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/
    • http://arthritis.about.com/od/medmarijuana/Medical_Marijuana_Medicinal_Marijuana_Medical_Uses_Of_Marijuana.htm
    • http://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=19855
    • http://www.balancedpolitics.org/marijuana_legalization.htm

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