Legalizing Marijuana for Medical Reasons.

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Should Marijuana be Legalized for Medical Purposes?

Marijuana has the potential to become one of the most useful substances in the entire world. If it was legalized and people took action we would see benefits immediately. People suffering from diseases would experience relief. Billions could be made from the sale of marijuana and more jobs could be created. The medical usage of this drug began to decline in the 1900's with the advent of alternative drugs.

Inject able opiates and other drugs such as aspirin and barbiturates began to replace marijuana. It has been used extensively as a medical remedy for more than five thousand years. Legalization of marijuana should be considered despite efforts made by groups, which say marijuana is a harmful drug that will increase crime rates and lead users to other dangerous substances. Its value to the medical world outweighs its potential abuse. The debate over the legalization of Cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, has been one of the most controversial issues ever to occur in the United States.

In many countries worldwide it is documented as far back as 2700 BC in ancient Chinese writings. Marijuana should be legalized for two reasons. First, " Marijuana relieves nausea suffered by cancer patients undergoing powerful chemotherapy. Marijuana was packed into my fathers cigarettes who had cancer and suffered tremendously for years and had no appetite. Three hours after making this decision my father began to eat, rest more peacefully and complained less of pain.

It is also used by patients who have multiple sclerosis and AIDS. Marijuana proved to be effective in the treatment of glaucoma because its use lowers pressure on the eye. The American Medical Association argued for the medical benefits of hemp. Marijuana is actually less dangerous than alcohol. Marijuana, in its natural...