Legal Issues and Medical Use of Marijuana

In almost all the aspects of life, there exist two contradicting opinions and each side normally has a strong case to prove, and the use of medical marijuana is not an exception. The use of medical marijuana has been a never-ending discussion, an aspect seen in many studies which report marijuana was initially been used for medicinal purposes before the US Congress considered it unacceptable in Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act (Genetic Science, n. d). In some states, however, the use of medical marijuana is legalized. Given that both sides are in practice, the debate on medical marijuana has become intense with the proponents arguing that it can be an effective and safe treatment for varied conditions. The opponents, on the other hand, argue that medical marijuana is so dangerous to use and lacks the FDA-approval. Indeed, the opponents have a stronger point based on the fact that besides the fear of the likely causes of use of marijuana as medicine, there exist other drugs which could be used in its place effectively without causing any harm to the user.

A large percentage of the medical marijuana use proponents argue along the lines of the efficacy of marijuana in treating conditions and diseases such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS, among others. However much one may give them a room for doubt, they dearly need to consider the fact that there are many other legalized drugs which be used in place of the likely dangerous marijuana. The ideas of a medical marijuana should completely be fought and thwarted. The risks and dangers of using marijuana are well known by the scientific community despite being toned down by corporate organizations whose interests have always been making profits. To such corporates, if fighting to legalize the use of marijuana as a drug would get them rich, they wouldn’t hesitate, needless to say, they are not socially responsible. For all the supposed benefits, there are already safe medications. Instead, the perceived benefits will always bring psychosis, apathy, addictive disease, lost productivity, and deterioration of an individual’s intellectual ability.

If one would agree with the proponents of marijuana usage for medicine, they also need to ask the proponents would affect they later life. Indeed, legalizing a drug and employing it to save lives only to have the lives taken away by the devastating effects of the drug shows a high level of ignorance. No matter what good the drug may bring, it still remains dangerous. Furthermore, considering the fact that once the drug is legalized it would be used in the open, each community should think about the all-time drug dealers looking for easy ways to make money and the smokers who would be given a license to smoke the marijuana. However much the concept herein is supporting the drug for medicinal purposes, it needless to say that some people will see a loophole of using elsewhere, after all, it is a legalized drug. Legalizing the use of marijuana makes its transportation to the drug dealing world easier, just as much as to the smokers’ world. Considering the fact and likelihood that it will be smoked in public and near children, the thought after impacts will b do devastating to the users but not comparable to what it might do to the children who inhale its smokes. The children are thus the most vulnerable in this situation, and it would be bad to kill the next generation before they have even started living it.

Marijuana’s smoke, like tobacco, irritates the lungs and throats. Moreover, it also contains toxic particles and gases very likely to damage the lungs. Legalizing its use for medical practices would open a door for the smokers, who would, in turn, bring about a large airway irritation, lung hyperinflation, and increased airway confrontation. Many organizations that have investigated the impacts of marijuana smoke have reported the more warning signs of chronic bronchitis as compared to the nonsmokers. The organizations also report that its usage may also lower the immune response of the respiratory systems; thereby increasing the possibility of the user getting respiratory infections, also including pneumonia (Cotter, 2009). Moreover, other studies report that frequent smoking of marijuana increased the sick days because non-smokers cured quicker than the smokers because of respiratory illness, an aspect that further questions the efficacy of marijuana usage in treating any disease or conditions (Joffe & Yancy, 2004).

The proponents of medical marijuana argue that there exists research that proves the safety and efficiency of medical cannabis in relieving chronic pain. Cannabis, however, has no known poisonous dose and they argue that it can easily be dosed through oral ingestion, topical absorption, or vaporization; thereby avoiding the likely risks linked with the smoke (Russo, Guy & Robson, 2007). Evidently, the proponents do know the dangers of the smoke. Also, there is no scientific evidence that backs the efficacy of marijuana in minimizing the pain associated with any explicitly recognized analgesic impact. The claim that it brings limited central nervous system euphoria, which centrally eases the pain, best explains its means of both lowering pain and triggering euphoria linked to the addictive drug. Besides the lack of evidence that supports the safety of medical marijuana in lowering pain, there exist many analgesic medications to physicians and patients, which have also been verified and recognized in medical practice.

However much the dangers of marijuana are unquestionable, it is a constituent of Marinol and dronabinol, both synthetic forms of active ingredients in marijuana and available in pill form (Eddy, 2007). The use of dronabinol alone is reported to be less effective as many illnesses respond better when the all the active ingredients are combined rather than used as one. Also, attributed to the pill nature of dronabinol, it becomes harder with persons infected with vomiting and nausea to swallow. To further justify the point, it is no secret that swallowed medications take a longer time to digest and respond, and therefore inhaling the marijuana vapors will bring about quick treatment and effect. However much marijuana might be an unstable combination of over 400 chemicals, Marinol originates from the plant (Eddy, 2007). Despite being a constituent of marijuana, Marinol is not dangerous and has been approved by the FDA to be taken in stable well-known dosages.

However much the use of medical marijuana is believed to treat some conditions and diseases, its legalization still has devastating effects, which outweigh its perceived benefits. Some components of marijuana, for instance,Marinol, have no negative effects and therefore be legalized given that they are also backed with FDA approval. This means that not all marijuana is dangerous as some of its components can be used to treat specific conditions and diseases. Given the efficacy and safety of Marinol, which can only be administered in pill form, some proponents argue that it should be legalized because it is more efficient when smoked than when taken in solid form. Indeed, the standpoint is true as solid medications are difficult to consume and take more to digest and initiate treatment. The views can, however, not be used as a reason to legalize the use of medical marijuana. The damages greatly outweigh the likely benefits. Moreover, it shows a lot of ignorance to use a method of treatment that later kills those who use them and people around them through the smoke inhaled

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