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Marijuana: The Legalization - Paper

Marijuana: The Legalization


Their Side:
After the sustaining vote in November of 1996 and coming into effect the
beginning of this year, marijuana is now legal to medical patients in California
and Arizona. Proposition 215 reads as follows:
The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that the
purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows:

(A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain
and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed
appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the
person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of
cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, ...

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Section 11362.5)

Of course, it goes on and breaks into fine detail into which I choose
not to venture. To summarize it all, if you're sick, or think you are, your doc
can get you some pot. Just like that.
So what's so great about this? It supposedly brings relief to those
with terminal illnesses. (Such were listed in 215) Cancer sufferers who are
inflicted with nausea due to chemotherapy have reported that a puff or two of a
marijuana cigarette relieves the pain. (Theorized after study by psychiatrist
Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School) It has also been reported to relieve
the pain suffered by AIDS patients. Despite all this great relief, one question
remains unanswered, what about the side effects? Exactly how harmful and
addicting is this stuff?

MY SIDE: (the important stuff)
My personal opinion: Marijuana should remain illegal because of the
enormous side effects and addiction that results after using the drug. My first
fact to back my opinion would have to be ...

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Added: 8/21/2006 12:39:53 PM
Category: Legal Issues
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