The Marijuana Controversy
Dianne L. Joy
HA545_Unit 4 Project
Professor Shalah Watkins-Bailey
Since considering marijuana to have no accepted medical use DC and 20 of 50 states have since then legalized the medical use of marijuana. But the issue with marijuana is that they are n sure if it actually helps patients with diseases. It is argued that marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for people suffering from diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, pain, epilepsy, glaucoma and other conditions. But the others argue that marijuana is dangerous, it lacks the approval of the FDA, it is addictive, leads to harder drug use, interferes with fertility, impairs driving ability, and injures the lungs, immune system, and brain. They say that medical marijuana is a front for drug legalization and recreational use (Procon, 2013).
My position on this issue is that I think marijuana should be used for medicinal purposes only and not for personal use. For instance, say a friend of mine has a debilitating disease and no other treatment works for her but she is prescribed marijuana for her disease and it helps her function at a normal level. I would then be all for it and support her in her wishes to use marijuana. “For one it has cancer fighting properties like THC, it helps alleviate symptoms of chemotherapy, appetite suppression, muscular dysfunctions of MS and other pain causing diseases” (Stolic, 2009). But at the same time I feel it is addictive to users that don’t have medical conditions. From experience I know a lot of people that smoke marijuana and seem to function on a normal level but at the same time I see them becoming more dependent on it and can’t seem to function without it. They also seem to get lazy and they procrastinate about what they need to do. My daughter used to smoke marijuana and when she had things to do, she either didn’t get them done or she was late doing them. Now that she doesn’t...