The call to legalize marijuana continues to grow louder despite opposition by some sections of the society. The point of laugh is that these sections of the society (the latter category) believe marijuana has no medicinal properties despite no valid reasons or proof to justify, and are trying to override numerous studies in the scientific and medical literature’s about the usefulness of marijuana to treat health complications, ranging from mild to severe.
Even independent labs and government agencies have confirmed that marijuana does not constitute a danger to public safety and is the safest and the most useful drug known to the mankind. If marijuana was bad, why does the U.S. federal government owns a patent (number 6630507) for the medicinal use of marijuana? Time for a rethink!
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s own administrative law judge, Francis L. Young, held 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.”
It is worthwhile to note here that marijuana, unlike other drugs, is quite safe to be used recreationally by responsible adults. Moreover, it is non-addictive in nature, has not caused a single death, and could not be over-dosed. If that is not all, medical marijuana has been allowing patients across the world.
Marijuana has been and is commonly used for treating health diseases such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), chemotherapy-related nausea, migraine, depression, skin cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), autism, multiple sclerosis, and trauma. In addition to this, medical marijuana has also demonstrated effectiveness in treating complications such as stuttering, HIV, AIDS, post polio syndrome, malignant melanoma, testicular cancer, diabetic peripheral vascular disease, obesity, autoimmune diseases, schizophrenia, writers’ cramp, alcohol abuse, tobacco dependence, Tourette’s syndrome, and persistent insomnia.
Medical studies have also confirmed that marijuana shows great promise in offering significant relief to patients suffering from nightmares, non-psychotic organic brain disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, paralysis, Bell’s palsy, muscular dystrophies, glaucoma, and chronic sinusitis.
In addition to these medical benefits, legalizing marijuana could easily open new avenues of employment and wealth from an economy’s point of view. By regulating and taxing marijuana, the United States alone could earn $40 billion to $100 billion in new revenue. Moreover, legalization of marijuana could easily prevent drug users and sellers from being termed as “criminals.” Legalizing marijuana would also promote entrepreneurial spirit among marijuana sellers and help them become respectable and accepted individuals in our society. In addition to that, governments could easily control how marijuana is consumed by increasing or decreasing the taxes on the drug, once it is legalized.
With governments scrambling to identify new sources of revenue to pay for important social objectives and recession hitting almost every segment of the economy, the time is not far when the nature’s great gift (marijuana) would be legalized. This is primarily because legalization of marijuana would inevitably add a new and powerful industry to our draining economy.
All in all, legalizing marijuana is the best thing that could be done to save the mankind from diseases, constraints, and stigma.
Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) Library
MedicalMJ.org – Medical Marijuana News and Facts
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
The Drug Reform Coordination Network
The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation