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Medical Marijuana: Should it be Legalized?

Updated on December 1, 2011
Should marijuana be legalized?
Should marijuana be legalized?

Popular in the past

Marijuana has been a hot topic for years and has been widely used in our past, not just for sacred use or medical treatment but also for the fabric it made. The past has seen many uses and benefits for this weed. It is thought to be the first fabric known to mankind, discovered sometime around 7000-8000 BCE. The Chinese used it and documented the use as a means to medicate and treat a variety of health problems. In India it is known as being “Sacred Grass” and found in sacred texts and was used as a medication. Muslims used it as an alternative to drinking alcohol. Cannabis was mentioned in the Jewish Talmud around 500-600 BCE. Henry Ford made his first Model T car with hemp plastic and fuelled with hemp ethanol. Marijuana was quite popular everywhere!

Legalize it for medical purposes?

It has just been in the last 50 years that it has achieved so much negative attention. It began in the 1930's, with the creation of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Following that, millions of dollars were spent on the war against drugs, marijuana included. And since then, millions of dollars continue to be spent on the prevention and conviction of those using and selling. Is it a drug that should be legal for everyone as they see fit or legalized for medical purposes?

Some states over the years have legalized it for medical use as a cost effective option. It started with California and from there spread to fourteen other states that have since legalized marijuana in an effort to control the growth and use of the weed. Meanwhile ten other states are pending legalization. By legalizing we are cutting down on the tax paying system that has been fighting the effects of inflation and aiding the broken economy. Other places globally have their own laws, most outlawing this substance or allowing it only for medical purposes and only through government programs.

The benefits as a medication

There is overwhelming evidence that marijuana has many benefits that help to relieve symptoms of pain, vomiting and nausea due to various illnesses and diseases. Marijuana has also been found to be less toxic than other drugs prescribed by physicians. According to Consumer Reports, noted in May 1997, “the apparent benefits some derive from smoking marijuana outweigh any substantiated or even suspected risks.”

Some of the specific diseases that cannabis use can aid, is numerous. For cancer patients, it can actually slow down the growth rate of a tumour found in the brain, breast or lungs reports the American Association for Cancer Research(which seems ironic, doesn't it?). It is also a muscle relaxant and has antispasmodic effects that are effective in treating people with seizures. Migraines can be treated with the use of marijuana. Multiple sclerosis can be treated, it works by stopping the neurological effects and the uncontrollable muscle spasms that are prevalent with this disease. THC found in cannabis works to prevent Alzheimer's disease from progressing by blocking deposits in the brain. Crohn's and IBS can also be treated by smoking marijuana by helping with nausea and abdominal pain that is common with this disease. Interestingly, those with ADD and ADHD can benefit from it as an alternative to Ritalin, without the unknown side-effects.

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Medical marijuana card

The question that arises is, does a patient actually require marijuana to cope with their disease or illness? Will some be resistant to the idea of using, while others are pushing their doctor to prescribe it? Regardless the circumstance, if you obtain a medical marijuana card in any of the states that are legal, or you obtain a prescription, you can buy marijuana to medicate yourself or (United States only) you can grow your own pot and make your own hash and hash oil, all legally and for medical use of course.

Self-medicating turns prescription medicating

Smoking marijuana may have started for some, as a drug that could ease the aches and pains of life, it's self-medicating. But along with all of the new studies that have proven the positive medical effects for marijuana, we've accidentally found that it really was self-medicating! Ancient civilizations have claimed that it is “sacred” and that it has these sacred effects and now modern medicine is catching up and finding that these claims are true. In history we can find vast knowledge, some we have kept and others we have scrapped, but for medicinal purposes, marijuana is a keeper, worthy of use and regulating.


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    • alahiker28 profile image

      Vicki Parker 

      5 years ago from the Deep South

      I don't touch the stuff so I don't have a dog in the hunt. But I will say this. I would rather my kids smoke & drive, than drink & drive. Both should be illegal, of course, but smoking is probably the lesser of those two evils.

    • Steph0596 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ontario

      Hey there Bill,

      Thanks for the comment...It's a pity that marijuana is considered a a major crime when many other crimes of violence prevail in our society. That's a long time to spend in prison for, I'm guessing, growing and selling. If there wasn't a market for it, there wouldn't be a problem, I'm sure.

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      Bill Caldwell 

      6 years ago

      Great article! Sad but true I am 63 years of age and spent 20 years of my adult life in federal prison for violating the marijuana laws. I recently served 18 consecutive years in prison and have only been out for a few years. I have written a memoir: Wrong Decisions and plan on campaigning on Kickstarter soon to self publish.

    • Steph0596 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ontario

      Thanks AllBigBilz! Glad you liked the article!

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      6 years ago

      really good article! I actually learned some stuff. I just wrote a hub on legalization a few minutes ago. I joined yesterday. would you mind following me? I'm about to follow you now

    • Steph0596 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ontario

      I'll have to check out those youtube videos. Thanks!

    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Well done hub.... check you tube links for the great marijuana conspiracy (they named the videos a conspiracy, while it really was a cover up). Most definitely it should be legalized.

    • Steph0596 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ontario

      Thanks for the positive feedback.

      The topic of marijuana is a tough one to cover. I did some research and found out so many interesting facts about the positive effects that it has, the part you never hear about.

      In Canada, we are far behind the States in the regard that they are able to grow their own if they have a medical marijuana card. We on the other hand have to buy ours from government grow ops, apparently not as potent.

      Another thought to note is the difference between the effects of alcohol and pot. Pot, in comparison,looks pretty appealing to legalize. One brings out aggression, the other mellows, what would benefit society more?

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      Heidi Caudle 

      7 years ago

      Great article! Marijuana seems to get a bad rap but it has so many amazing uses and if it would only be accepted in a mainstream way the benefits would likely far outweigh the "ill effects". Media and government have worked against it by deeming it a "gateway drug", when really it's uses range from fabrics to medications and more. If its uses were regulated, it could be utilized as a means to help our country financially and we could get back to regarding it as a useful plant and not just a frowned upon "drug".

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      Denise Friedel 

      7 years ago

      Wow, excellent piece. Historical, factual and social, nice work.

    • Steph0596 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ontario

      Thanks for the comment Paul,

      It is great to know that there is something out there that can help with the pains of diseases. MS is a horrible disease and wouldn't be easy for you either. I hope it helps your partner, good luck in the future!

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      7 years ago from cannock staffordshire uk

      yes as my partner has ms and it has been noted that marijuana can help overcome the pain recieved from ms and to overcome some barriers in their daily rountine that they wud normally be unable to achieve,my partner is very strong with her ms pain and is strong to overcome it,yet when you see these couples trying for assisted suicide coz the pain is and has become too much,i dont think i wud be strong enough to do that coz i love her too much.


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