The Benefit of Legalizing Marijuana

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Of all legal reformations that should be made, the legalization of marijuana is perhaps the most necessary. If legalized on a controlled basis, it could greatly benefit our country in a variety of ways. Clearly the most controversial topic is marijuana's benefit to the medical community. The economy would also be a beneficiary of marijuana's legalization through taxation and all the while crime rates would inevitably decrease throughout the country. While many citizens are opposed to the legalization of marijuana they are often misinformed and misguided. Although there are valid points to each side, ultimately, if legalized the benefits of legal marijuana could greatly outweigh the risk.

It has also been documented that marijuana can severely reduce some effects of cancer. Also it is known that marijuana has prolonged the lives of people who were diagnosed as terminally ill. Many rely on the drug to ease their pain and suffering.

Another useful benefit is its aide in reducing nausea in chemotherapy patients. Medicinal uses for cannabis date back to 2737 B.C. when the Chinese emporer and pharmacologist Shen Neng prescribed the drug for gout, malaria, beriberi, rheumatism, and memory problems (Earleywine 168). While it hasn't been proven to cure these diseases it clearly has positive medical effects. As more and more research is done on marijuana, people are starting to realize that it can in fact help patients with other various other medical problems.

It has already been legalized for medical use in Arizona and California (James 1 of 1). Doctors have been allowed to prescribe the drug to people with certain illnesses. One problem stemming from this is the fact the Federal laws override State laws. Thus, the government is trying to prosecute doctors who prescribe marijuana even though they are allowed to be their current state's laws. The...