Marijuana is a common substance, one that is used for medical purposes, and also one of the most abused drugs in the United States and other parts of the world. Marijuana has been in use for centuries. Its use can be traced back to the ancient Hindus. It was commonly used during this time for medical purposes, as it is believed to have a natural curative element. Even today, marijuana remains one of the most commonly used drugs for medical purposes, as well as a commonly abused drug. Marijuana is currently a policy issue in Wisconsin. A debate is ongoing in the state, as in many others in the United States, as whether or not to legalize marijuana (Smith, 2009). The most convincing argument regarding its legalization is for medical purposes. On one hand, supporters suggest that marijuana should be made legal in order to make it available for medical purposes while, on the other hand, opponents suggest that making the drug legal will increase its abuse.
The use of medical marijuana is an important policy in the medical and nursing community. This means that whether medical marijuana should be legalized or not has a major impact on practitioners, nurses and other partnerships in the medical field. For a long time, medical professionals and activists have debated whether to pass a law that would exempt individuals from the current law that prohibits manufacturing and distribution of marijuana. The Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act would authorize the use of marijuana under doctor’s authorization. The bill is a reintroduction of medical marijuana legislation that was filed by Rep. Pocan and Sen. Erpenbach in the year 2009 (Smith, 2009). Legalization of medical marijuana or use of the drug under physicians’ directive would protect nurses and other medical professionals, as well as patients, from legal penalties that accompany manufacture, distribution and delivery of marijuana. It has been suggested that marijuana...