Argumentative Essay On Illegalization Of Marijuana

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Marijuana, or cannabis, has been used since the dawn of man for its medicinal purposes; however, over the years it has been deemed void of any medicinal use and made illegal by the federal government. History has shown how marijuana was commonly recommended for medicinal use, then over the years has been made out to be something horrible and wrong. The illegalization of cannabis has had negative effects on everyone needing its medicinal properties, such as jailing; or having to resort to the use of prescription drugs which could eventually lead to substance abuse or addiction. Cannabis has many medicinal uses and could lessen the uncomfortable symptoms associated with their illness or disease. Why are there so many opposed to the use of …show more content…
It is fair to say that most drugs should remain in their current scheduling; however, there are many negative effects that stem from this belief. To start off, the United States spends more than $51,000,000,000 annually on the war on drugs (Drug Policy Alliance). If marijuana was made legal, then less money would be spent on the war on drugs and could be placed into more helpful federally funded programs. Less individuals would be jailed or imprisoned for the possession or use of marijuana. Statistics say that out of the 643,121 individuals arrested for marijuana violations, 574,641 (89%) are only charged with possession of marijuana. Despite the fact that marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 substance by the US Government, in 2001 the Department of Health and Human Services filed a patent (US Patent #6,630,507) for cannabinoids that was awarded in 2003 for “cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.” This totally contradiction of the United States Government’s own definition for the classification of a Schedule 1 substance having no medicinal benefits. The US also contradicts itself because “the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved synthetic versions of the cannabinoid Δ9-THC in the form of Dronabinol (Marinol®) and Nabilone (Cesamet®) for medicinal purposes (Baron, E. P., 2015).” Clearly the scheduling status of marijuana should be reconsidered and reclassified. Even after all of this information there are still individuals who think people only smoke marijuana to get high; however, this is not the case. I agree that there are some people who smoke marijuana just for the high, but in some cases that’s just not accurate. Unlike most pharmaceuticals that contain addictive components, marijuana is non-habit forming. Marijuana has many medicinal uses. It treats those suffering from migraines, OCD’s, ADD, ADHD, HIV wasting disease, lessens

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