The legalization of medical marijuana would be very beneficial for our country because of the social, financial and medical impacts of legalization. Most of the country agrees that medical marijuana is the direction our country should go. There are too many advantages to the legalization of medical marijuana to ignore. It has been proven that medical marijuana is extremely efficient in relieving chronic pain, something that many of the elderly in America suffer from. Medical Marijuana is also a lot safer than prescribed opiates, because it is impossible to overdose and is far less addictive. It is also a great option of pain relief for those who cannot take advil or aleve due to medical issues.
Although 85% of Americans believe that medical marijuana should be legalized, the trump administration has been pushing for a pull back of legalization laws. He previously stated that he will allow those who are already using marijuana for medical purposes to keep doing so, but recently he has threatened to reverse this policy. Efforts to keep this policy in place, such as CBD extract which is just the CBD oil extracted from the marijuana plant. CBD extract from the plant contains little to no THC, meaning that users will receive no “high” but still benefit from its medical effects. 29 states in the US have at least legalized the use of medical CBD, which can help treat insomnia, anxiety, spasticity and pain. Although CBD has many benefits, it is still an early concept and requires much more experimentation and testing to make sure it is effective.
I recently interviewed my government teacher, Diana Pugh, about her perspective on the legalization of marijuana. Mrs. Pugh agrees that legalization has shown a lot of potential, medically, socially and financially. She says that to have a more definite answer, marijuana would need to be reclassified from a type 1 drug. Right now she thinks that marijuana is classified as far too dangerous and that limits the amount of research conducted on the drug. The only way to be confident that marijuana is effective and safe is to conduct more research and collect more data, but the federal classification puts a huge barrier on that. She has also said that marijuana is a potential great solution to the opioid crisis that we are currently having in the US right now. As studies have shown, marijuana is a great pain reliever, especially for chronic and moderate pain. Meaning that it is a great alternative over opiates, as it is far less addictive and far less lethal than the current prescribed pain killers.
In conclusion, legalization of marijuana is a very popular topic among Americans today. The medical and financial potential that early studies have shown look promising. As the opiate crisis in America seems to continue to get worse and worse, marijuana might be a great solution to a growing addiction problem in our country. Studies that are experimenting with marijuana as a pain reliever are still being conducted, but they have also been promising in their early research. One thing can be sure though. Marijuana needs to be reclassified from a Type 1 drug to appropriately match the risks the drug. Reclassification will encourage more research and will limit the amount of expense used on criminalizing a drug to the level equivalent of crack cocaine and heroin.
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