The use of marijuana has been around for thousands of years and used for its healing properties, well before modern medicine. Many cultures have also had a long history with recreational marijuana, and it is now becoming legal.
Supporters argue that the positives far outweigh any negative, but many disagree.
In 1998, Canada became the first nation to legalize medical marijuana use, and several other countries have followed suit. It is now legal for medical purposes in over 20 states and many other nations across the globe.
This article will address some of the arguments for both sides so you can make an informed decision.
Ease of Access and Availability
The wide-scale use of recreational marijuana in recent years has been limited because of its illegal status. This did not stop criminals from manufacturing and selling it; the public demand was there for these drugs.
Most experts agree that making something illegal does not stop people from using it. The distribution of marijuana remains in an underworld market where products are uncontrolled, and therefore, potentially unsafe.
Now that recreational marijuana legal, it can be regulated so consumers will know exactly what they are getting.
Marijuana has been proven to help treat many conditions which include Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, hepatitis C, and multiple sclerosis. Cancer patients given medical marijuana have reported that it helps ease many of the side effects caused by chemotherapy. The American Academy of Pain Medicine states that cannabis has shown to be an effective pain treatment. This in addition to helping control nausea and vomiting associated with other treatments.
It is hard to deny that some illnesses can be improved by using marijuana. The medicinal benefits are clear, so it was legalized in the first place.
Taxing recreational marijuana could potentially bring vast amounts of money into local and state governments. Tax revenue over the next few years could reach up to $60 million a year in Washington State alone. This money could be used in society, instead of just being kept by the government and used on things that some people might not agree with.
If you live in a state where marijuana is now legal, do you think it will help or hinder your life? Can you see any positives to outweigh all the negatives? _______________________________________________________
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