Marijuanas' Legalization As an Alternative Medicine Essays

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According to a 1996 Gallup poll, "73 percent of Americans favored making marjuana available by perscription", but 69 percent did not favor the legalization of its recreational use. (Koch) With this topic continually in the news, it becomes more about its medicinal and therapuetic uses and less about how it is used recreationally. Medical marijuana should be federally legalized to be used as an alternative medicine because it is a better choice than other drugs for pain and nausea, it is more affordable than other medicines and with its change from a Scheduale I to a Scheduale II drug, would fall in the same regulations as a perscription drug. Marijuana is a better choice than other drugs for pain and nausea because its side effects are …show more content…
Marijuana is more affordable than other medicines because it is easier to produce/grow in the patients home or through a pharmacy than a chemical in a laboratory or an expensive inhaled version. "Marijuana is, for many patients, the only alternative that works; for others, it is the only affordable alternative." says Dave Fratello, Communications Director with Americans for Medical Rights(qtd. by Koch). For those without the option of growing at home, which would be the least expensive, there are clubs and dispensaries in states where medicinal marijuana is more legal and acceptable. One of these clubs, the Cannabis Cultivators Club in San Francisco, Calif, "sells the smokable variety of pot as well as such pot-imbued products as brownies, pesto sauce, get capsules and tincture of rum"(Worsnop). With medicinal marijuana more accessible and more affordable, suffering patients will not have to be in pain due to their lack of funds. Finally, marijuana would be under the same regulations as perscription drugs if it were changed from a Scheduale I drug to a Scheduale II drug. It was categorized as such in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. A Scheduale I drug is defined as

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