have legalized the medical use of marijuana (Ferner 2012). The first retail stores for Marijuana in
Colorado were opened for the sale of Marijuana to people who have attained the age of 21 years
or higher. There are still other countries where the use of medical marijuana has been legalized.
Canada is one such a country. Since its legalization, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has
reported a number of testimonies showing the success of use of marijuana as medication. One
testimony is that of Pariseau, a 30-yaer-old AIDS patient. Before starting using medical marijuana,
Pariseau could keep neither food nor medication in his system. After he began using marijuana for
medication, a report from his doctor stated “He is doing remarkably well because he can now
digest his medication. The HIV has been suppressed because of his improved immune function,
he has put on weight and he has learned to walk again -with a cane” (Gray, 1998).
Use of marijuana as medicine can help alleviate pain alongside other health benefits. In
addition, there are no proven disadvantages that are associated with the use of marijuana as
medicine (Barnes, 2017). Unlike some other drugs, marijuana used for medical purposes is not
addictive. No research has ever shown that marijuana is an addictive drug- people simply use it to
please themselves. Marijuana is a herbal drug that can be obtained naturally. It is considered to be
very safe in managing the symptoms of various diseases and health conditions like HIV/AIDS,
glaucoma, Arthritis, hepatitis C, Alzheimer’s disease and migraines as well as some psychological
conditions. For a fact, doctors from both within and outside the United States have recommended
the use of marijuana as medicine (Friese & Grube, 2013). Marijuana has not shown any long term
effects on the cognitive processes of the individual. The only effects occur only for a short time
after intoxication, but the brain is not damaged by this in any way.
The people who protest the use of marijuana for medication think of economic relief. They
have brought the topic of economic relief from the legalization of marijuana many times. If we