Legalizing Cannabis

Legalizing Cannabis
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Cannabis, usually referred to as marijuana, is a prohibited drug in the United States, but
some states have legalized it for medical use. According to Christianson (2010), between the
year 2001 and 2010, the arrests for marijuana possession in the US was approximately 7 million.
Most reports indicate that law enforcers in the country detain someone every minute due to drug
possession and use. The United States is losing the war on drugs and over the last 40 years, the
country spent over 1 trillion dollars to fight drugs. Law enforcers arrest the drug dealers with the
aim of maintaining order in the country. Law enforcers have exhausted most of their resources
with the aim of fighting the war on drugs in the country. Most of the arrests made for the
possession of marijuana are directed towards one race. They are racial biased with the black
people in the society being charged than the whites.
Like any drug, abuse of cannabis is harmful to human health. Misuse of the drug has had
adverse effects on the human body. Those convicted of the possession and use of the drug find it
hard to start a new life after the jail term. When applying for new jobs, the application form has a
section where one is asked if they have been convicted. Most people do not employ ex-convicts
as they some misjudge them and do not trust them. The law, however, does not permit employers
to discriminate, but most of them still do. Families have been destroyed due conviction and
incarceration cases. In most African-American homes, the fathers and sons are in most cases
convicted over drug issues. Most of those arrested are in most cases caught using marijuana.
However, the government should consider legalizing the drug as it has some useful value in
medicine. People in America are pushing for the legalization of the drug as it not only has
adverse effects on the users it also has some useful value. The consequences of those caught in
possession or use of the drug are less severe than it was ten years ago.
Medical marijuana is important and can help treat some of the diseases affecting
people. It can be used to treat glaucoma that is an eye disease that increases pressure on the
eyeball damaging the optic nerves and causing blindness. Cannabis helps in reducing the
pressure in the eye and avoids loss of vision. It can also contribute to reducing and preventing
epileptic seizures. Dravet syndrome is a seizure disorder that is rare and has harmful side effects.
The disease is lifelong but begins at infancy level. Due to its unusual nature, it is easy to
misdiagnose the condition. Use of marijuana in patients with this disorder has proved useful, and
it helps reduce the seizures.
Marijuana can aid in reducing, slowing and preventing the spread of cancer cells. Many
people are dying due to cancer as some are diagnosed at the fourth stage when it may be too late
for them. Weed slows down lung and brain tumors. Legalizing the drug will help save many
more lives that may have been otherwise lost. The drug is also known to increase appetite levels
in people and helps reduce pain especially for cancer patients during chemotherapy sessions. It
also appeases anxiety and nausea.
Legalizing of Marijuana can be helpful to many people. Most of these diseases are costly
to treat, and many of the patients end up dying due to lack of the resources. Legalizing the drug
will save many lives and avoids destroying others that are convicted due to the same. Biases on
arrests will reduce, and more people will have a chance to build a better life for themselves and
the families. The states that are yet to legalize the use and possession of the drug should consider
it following all the benefits it has. Unlike other drugs, cannabis has more medicinal benefits and
is approved in some states in America.
Christianson, M. A. (2010). Great Schism: Social Norms and Marijuana Prohibition, A. Harv. L.
& Pol'y Rev., 4, 229.

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