Saskia Hillebrand
October 19, 2012


For many years now, there has been great controversy surrounding the illegal drug marijuana. Its widespread use since the Vietnam War has caused many people to speak for and against marijuana and its uses. However, in the recent past, a completely new controversy has arisen surrounding the use of marijuana: its medical benefits. After years of give and take, it is time for us to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. This is not the kind of use a common drug addict would seek, but rather a drug to comfort for terminally or critically ill people. In the past when "old-time" doctors prescribed a variety of medicines for ailments, drugs of ...

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but rather recognized its medical uses. The bill did specify, however, that physicians, veterinarians, druggists, growers, importers, manufacturers, and "compounders" of marijuana had to pay a tax in order to continue either prescribing or continuing their work with marijuana. Only non-medicinal, untaxed possession or sale of marijuana was outlawed. (Terkel 27). The tax, even in 1937, showed an awareness that marijuana was worthy consideration beneficial in the medical arena.

During the Vietnam War, drug use among teens and soldiers increased tremendously, prompting President Nixon to declare a war on drugs in June of 1971. One of the steps in this "war," was establishing the Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. After two years, the commission suggesting to President Nixon that marijuana should be decriminalized. In an act of defiance to a commission established as part of his own program, Nixon chose to ignore this. (Terkel 29). President Carter was not ignorant of the ...

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that marijuana can have negative affects on the body and the mental stability of the user. However, this point could be used to fight the use of many drugs that have negative side affects. It is common knowledge that chemotherapy causes weakness, nausea, and the killing of good as well as bad cells; yet it is still an accepted method to control cancer. In the field of medicine, it is necessary to overlook some negative side effects in order to create new types of medicine and treatments. This is one of the points that those whom support the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes focus on. The people who are willing to look beyond the obvious and really explore the medical ...

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