A good family friend of mine suffers from daily seizures. She has seen countless doctors, tried countless medications, and nothing has worked. Her doctor has suggested that medical marijuana could help lessen, or even nearly eliminate, her seizures. However, since she lives in Utah, it is illegal to use medical marijuana. She and her family have been seriously considering packing up everything and moving to Colorado to get her the help she needs. When will medical marijuana be legal throughout the US so people like my friend won’t have to move to get treatment?
The legalization of medical marijuana has been heavily debated for years. Many people are for legalization, because they believe that it can help them with their medical problems. However, many are also against legalization, for many reasons. One is that cannabis sale would have to be closely regulated. If used as a medicine, a new rapid-delivery system would need to be created as an alternative to smoking, one official said. Many argue over whether or not marijuana should be used to treat children. Even though legalization of marijuana in California and Colorado have led to less recreational use of the drug by children in those states, many believe that legalization can still have detrimental side effects. The legalization of the drug would lead to less people being thrown in jail for possession, and marijuana sales are taxable.
Overall, I think the arguments against the legalization of medical marijuana don’t hold water. There are many more pros than cons in using cannabis to treat various medical issues. I hope, and do believe, that nation-wide legalization is in the foreseeable future.
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