Legalizing Marijuana Debate

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Most of us grew up hearing commercials stating, this is your brain, this is your brain on drugs. The commercial used an egg frying in a pan as the metaphor of drugs frying our brains. Does that hold true with marijuana? A great debate today is whether or not medical marijuana should be legalized. The controversy surrounding the legalization of marijuana debates the drug effectiveness vs. safety and regulation. My belief is that marijuana can have many positive effects on a disease process where other therapeutic measures have failed. Being a nurse I have seen many patients treated with conventional medication and not always do these pharmaceutical therapy’s help. If marijuana was legalized for medical use, many patients could benefit from its effects.
The history of marijuana is long and extensive, it dates back hundreds of centuries. There has been inconsistency in the debate of using marijuana for medical or recreationally use in the United States since the early
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Anyone confused? It is easy to get tangled in the legal confusion that seems to be building with this topic. According to an article in The New York Times newspaper, “Philadelphia Nears Deal to Ease Marijuana Laws”, by Gabriel Trip states, “The District of Columbia and 17 states have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, according to Normla, which advocates legalizing the drug. Colorado and Washington State this year become the first states to allow the sale and use of recreational marijuana.” What recreationally legal? Yes that is correct two states allow legal recreational use of marijuana. So what does decriminalization mean, one might wonder. Basically possession or personal consumption is treated like a minor traffic violation, no prison time, and no criminal record. One is fined based on the amount of marijuana in procession or a higher fine for public use (Trip,

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