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a message to the public over medical Marijuana
A really hot issue that has deep roots in the soil of the United States and not to mention highly controversial is the legalization of medical marijuana. “The oldest known written record on cannabis use comes from the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2727 B.C.”(Cannabis) “ In North America, cannabis, in the form of hemp, was grown on many plantations for use in rope, clothing and paper.” (Cannabis) Marijuana was given as medicine, made into hemp, it was a primary agricultural crop in early america. When the cannabis fibers where made into hemp (using the hemp machine) it was able to be turned into rope, paper, shirts and a lot more.
In the Republican party, tradition is key; so logically, Republican party currently stands on the rejection of marijuana. “According to Gallup, only about a third of Democrats and independents now oppose legalization, compared to nearly two-thirds of Republicans. Opponents of legalization are also disproportionately elderly. The situation closely parallels the party's predicament on gay marriage, which most Republicans still oppose even as widening majorities of the broader public support it.”(Ball) Since the GOP is mostly an elderly party, the party does tie their traditions heavily to their beliefs and they’ve been thought marijuana is a drug therefore its bad. So Ms.Ball does have a good question; “do Republicans want to be on the losing side of yet another culture war?”(Ball) Republicans are choosing yes. On the other hand, Democrats overwhelmingly vote in favor for medical marijuana. According to the public opinion, marijuana itself is seen as okay. “slim majority (52%) of Americans say the drug should be made legal, compared with 45% who want it to be illegal.”(Motel) That's not even including the medical viewpoint of the subject, which can be rationally supposed to be higher. “If marijuana became as widely available as alcohol, 63% still believe alcohol would be more harmful to society.”(Motel) This also is another new American belief from many of the 1960’s and is still alive today, regardless of all these ideologies the policies of america and the rest of the world won't change if you don't have a positive outlook of cannabis or speak up as one individual.
The U.S government currently views marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substance. Marijuana was classified this high in 1970. The proposed controlled substance act created 5 different levels to classify substances; 1 being the most addictive and dangerous and 5 being less dangerous and has potential medical benefits. “The assistant secretary for health and scientific affairs recommended scheduling marijuana as a schedule 1 drug”(why). The shafer commission “chaired by former Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer – recommended Congress amend federal law so that the use and possession of pot would no longer be a criminal offense. State legislatures, the Commission added, should do likewise.” (NORML) recommended cannabis(marijuana) complete decriminalization after its studies. After everything President Nixon then ignorantly rejected all scientific evidence of cannabis. According to Nixon, cannabis is worse than meth(a class 2 substance).
This is our president Barack Obama’s views on cannabis” “My attitude is if the science and the doctors suggest that the best palliative care and the way to relieve pain and suffering is medical marijuana then that’s something I’m open to because there’s no difference between that and morphine when it comes to just giving people relief from pain. But I want to do it under strict guidelines. I want it prescribed in the same way that other painkillers or palliative drugs are prescribed.”(Laugesene) Obama decides to shy from interfering with states who has decriminalized and legalized cannabis. Currently there is a bill that was introduced in the house of representatives; H.R.499 — 113th Congress (2013-2014) which removes marijuana in any form from all schedules of controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.
My opinion, Medical marijuana is a great idea. Having it legal for medicinal use is not allowing the public to abuse the drug but is allowing for the medical usages of it. This is extremely helpful when people are allergic to certain medication or even against taking pharmaceutical drugs for there side effects. Possible illnesses marijuana can treat are; “Alzheimer's, Anorexia ,Arthritis, Asthma, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism, Back Pain, Cancer, Depression, Glaucoma, HIV / AIDS, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Insomnia, Interstitial Pneumonia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, Pancreatic Cancer, Panic Attacks, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,Radiation Therapy,Reactive Arthritis, Schizophrenia(s),Testicular Cancer, Testicular Torsion,Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Tic Douloureux, Tietze’s Syndrome, Tinnitus, Tourette Syndrome etc.”(Medical Marijuana) This will increase jobs, money income( from marijuana taxes), and heal the public as one. We need to accept marijuana as a nation and let go of the misunderstanding teaching of one bad president.
I would recommend for the U.S to legalize marijuana for medical usage and decriminalizing it at once as well. Putting a young child or a stressed out man in jail for relieving themselves from everyday worries is outrages; “In 2012, more than 749,000 people were arrested in this country for marijuana-related offenses alone.”(NORML) instead of pouring money into a broken system of the DEA, we can open dispensaries with that money. In the end we will not only make a profit from the marijuana taking the profit away from gangs but heal the nation as well. This is why I encourage the U.S to make a change and proceed with national advancement.
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