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The Debate Over Legalization of Marijuana


Pro marijuana legalization groups such as the Physician's
Association for AIDS Care, National Lymphoma Foundation
argue that marijuana should be legalized in order to treat
terminally ill patients. Among them are AIDS victims who
find that marijuana stimulates their appetites so they can
fight off dangerous emaciation; glaucoma sufferers who have
used marijuana said it has prevented them from going blind,
and cancer patients for whom it alleviates the severe
nausea that is often accompanies chemotherapy and sometimes
makes lifesaving treatment impossible. 
Due to all these lobbying groups which show substantial
evidence that marijuana can be used as a prescribed drug.
Also many advocates who are pro marijuana complain that
morphine and cocaine are legal and are very dangerous
drugs, that brings up the question why not legalize
marijuana as medical drug which is proven to be less
dangerous than cocaine and morphine. Lobbying groups in a
San Diego, California , council committee unanimously voted
to urge president Bill Clinton and congress to end federal
restrictions against the use of marijuana for " legitiment
medical use." City council women Christine kehoe said she
wanted the city of San Diego "to go on the record we
support the medical use marijuana.; marijuana can be a drug
of necessity in the treatment of AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and
multiple sclerosis. ''
Many agencies which are anti marijuana such as Drug
Enforcement Agency and police departments argue that
marijuana shouldn't be legalized. These agencies believe
that marijuana shouldn't be legalized because if marijuana
is to become legal then thousands more patients using
marijuana. Then people will raise the question why
marijuana illegal at all if its a medicine.
The main reason why the Drug Enforcement Agency doesn't
want marijuana to be legal is because their is no hard core
evidence that proves that marijuana is a effective drug as
a medicine. In twenty years of research have produced no
reliable scientific proof that marijuana has medical value.
The American Cancer Society , American Glaucoma Society,the
National Multiple Sclerosis, the American Academy of
Ophthalmology , or the American Medical Association , say
that their is no evidence that marijuana is a medicine. The
agencies also argues that no other drug prescribed is
smoked and that knew findings show that marijuana is
acutely harmful to AIDS, Cancer patients because the active
ingredient in marijuana acutely reduces the the bodies
white blood cells which fight off infection. The Drug
Enforcement Agency along with police departments all over
the United States believe, with the legalization of drugs
crime will increase due to a higher increase of pot users
which will eventually become addicts and will still or kill
in order to get their drugs. These are the main points and
reasons why the Drug named marijuana shouldn't be legalized
in the United States of America.
Seeing booth sides of the issue I come to a conclusion that
marijuana should be legalized in order to help people
suffering from terminal diseases such as AIDS, Cancer and
Glaucoma. Prohibition of marijuana over the past decades
hasn't deminshed the demand of the drug in the United
States. The use of marijuana has acutely went up due to the
mass attention given to marijuana by rappers such as
Cypress Hill who promote the use of marijuana as a social
drug. But I believe that marijuana is here to stay in our
society and is only going through the stages that alcohol
had during the prohibition era.
 Marijuana will become legal due to the knew administration
which is liberal and who's leader , president Bill Clinton
who had acutely used marijuana during the nineteen sixties.
Due to all these factors marijuana will become more widely
accepted by the American people who will pressure congress
to rewrite the laws on the drug marijuana. Now its only a
matter of time before lobbying groups pressure the
legislature to legalize it. Due to legalization many states
will be able to grow marijuana as a cash crop, and the
United States government will be able to tax marijuana and
make revenue off it. The revenue made from marijuana will
be in the millions which can be used for drug rehabs and
anti drug programs targeted at elementary children. Still
by seeing both sides of the issue I'm still one hundred
percent pro marijuana because I use it socially and I
believe its less harmful than beer or liquor because with
marijuana you can't overdose.


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