Hook: The legalization of marijuana is a very questionable topic. It is considered to be a gateway drug therefore being the reason for the downfall of our youth. It has developed a negative reputation and many assume that cannabis or marijuana is a very dangerous substance. But in fact marijuana has many health related benefits and is a very all natural, healing medicine. We should allow it to have a positive effect on society and to legalize the plant.
Thesis Statement: Although legalizing medical use makes it easier for people to cheat the system, medical marijuana should be legalized for the use of pain management. It is very beneficial in the aid of helping with illness, there is no known lethal dose therefore making less overdoses to happen and there is very little evidence that marijuana has a significant health risk.
Subject of Body Paragraph 1: Medical Marijuana can help with cancer patients illness and overall pain management tremendously. This medicine is able to help with the patient’s nausea, pain, insomnia and even loss of appetite.
Usually when a patient is going through chemotherapy they tend to have large side effects. “A day doesn’t go by where I don’t see a cancer patient who has nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain, depression and insomnia. Marijuana is the only anti-nausea medicine that increases appetite. I could write six different prescriptions, all of which may interact with each other or the chemotherapy that the patient has been prescribed. Or I could just recommend trying one medicine.”
CBD is one of many compounds that is involved in the cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids. Researchers have been looking at the potential therapeutic uses of CBD. One way is the oils in the cannabis plant, which are known as CBD oils are extracted from the plant but does not any have THC in them. Which is the psychoactive part of medical marijuana. CBD is a natural pain relief and has many anti-inflammatory properties. People commonly use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve this pain and stiffness, which can include chronic pain. Some people feel that CBD and CBD oils offer a more natural way to lower pain. The non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could be a new treatment for chronic pain.
Research shows that CBD can help fight cancer, It has been studied that CBD can be used for its use as an anti-cancer agent. A review posted to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology notes that “CBD appears to block cancer cells from spreading around the body and invading an area entirely. This indicates that the compound tends to suppress the growth of cancer cells and promote the death of these cells. CBD also has very low toxicity levels, which may help in cancer treatment.”
People who have chronic anxiety are often advised to stay away from marijuana as THC could amplify or trigger anxiety and paranoia in some people. However theres a review from Neurotherapeutics that suggests “CBD may help to reduce the anxiety felt by people with certain anxiety disorders. The researchers point to studies showing that CBD may reduce anxiety behaviors in disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, etc.” That review notes that current medications for these disorders could cause additional side effects and symptoms that people might stop taking that drug(s) because of the unwanted effects; but with CBD it is not shown that there is any adverse effects in these cases to date.
Subject of Body Paragraph 2: By legalizing cannabis nationwide there’s a potential that the overdose rates could drop.
There is not a lot of research into the use of marijuana and how that could impact children and adults today. But by having the use of marijuana researchers could potentially find a treatment for cancer, epilepsy or Alzheimer’s. With regard to pain alone, marijuana could greatly reduce the demand for narcotics and simultaneously decrease the number of accidental painkiller overdoses. Which are the greatest cause of preventable death in this country.
Opioids are a class of drug that can be used as painkillers, but also have a great potential for misuse. Repeated use of opioids greatly increases the risk of developing an opioid use disorder. This drug is involved in 61% of all drug overdose deaths. Since 2006, opioid drug overdoses have jumped 200% and nearly half a million lives have been lost to due to this case since then. In 2016 Opioids including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl killed more than 42,000 people, that’s more than any year on record. 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.
By having cannabis legal people could turn to that instead of very dangerous painkillers.
Subject of Body Paragraph 3: The government would be able to tax a lot more of marijuana if they legalized it all throughout America. This means that there’s just tens of millions of dollars every year that the government is missing out on.
In 2011 the city of Oakland, California the government collected $1.4 million in taxes from medical marijuana dispensaries. Which is nearly 3 percent of all business tax revenue. The state of Colorado collected $5 million in sales taxes from the medical marijuana business. Denver collected $3.4 million from sales tax, application and license fees for its medical marijuana dispensaries (of which the city has more of than it has Starbucks coffee shops). Colorado Springs, Colorado collected more than $700,000 in taxes from the marijuana industry. Oregon raised an estimated $6.7 million in taxes which it used to pay for other state health programs. By these facts alone the government has collected more than 17 million dollars, imagine if this was current day and all over the united state, that would be a good amount of money collected.
In the spring of 2017, more than 300 economists, including three Nobel Laureates, signed a petition supporting a paper by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, who argued the government could save $7.7 billion a year by not having to enforce marijuana prohibition. The report also found that taxing pot at rates comparable to those levied on tobacco and alcohol could raise $6.2 billion annually. That’s a total of $13.9 billion in savings and income. Economist Stephen Easton penned an article in Businessweek that suggested the financial benefits of pot legalization may be even bigger than what Miron predicted.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, American taxpayers spend more than $1 billion a year incarcerating citizens for using pot: nearly one out of every eight drug prisoners in the country is locked up for skirting marijuana laws. In 2010 alone, more than 850,000 people were arrested for marijuana-related offenses and most charges were for simple possession. By legalizing marijuana the court system and police staff can focus on the real dangers in their county, not just people with
It is believed that legalizing recreational weed will cut off a revenue stream for illegal drug traders. Advocates contend that making the substance less profitable for criminals will result to a decrease in violence associated with the trade. This would save lives while taking the weight off from law enforcers.
Conclusion: Marijuana is a medicine, that should be studied and treated like any other medicine. By legalizing marijuana we could potentially save and or make lives trendomsloy better, get millions of dollars from taxing marijuana and have drug overdose rates drop. So why not legalize marijuana for the use nationwide.