Factors Between The Differences Between Medical And Recreational Marijuana

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Variation in the purpose of marijuana use can cause blurred lines between the differences of medicinal and recreational marijuana – resulting in the two different purposes to be viewed as similar activities allowing stigma to form. Alice C. Titus, United States Representative of Nevada’s first congressional district, discusses in her article, Puff, Puff, Pass… That Law, how veterans can benefit from the implementation of marijuana in the medical field by reducing the need for prescription medicine. She explains the distinguishing factors between medical and recreational use as: “in order for an individual to legally obtain and use medical marijuana, a doctor must recommend the drug for use in treating a diagnosed medical condition.” (Titus …show more content…
Nayna Philipsen, a Professor of Law at Coppin State University College of Health Professions, whose research interests include health and legislation, discusses in her article, Medical Marijuana: A Primer on Ethics, Evidence, And Politics, marijuana policies are based on common belief rather than scientific evidence. She states: “In 2010 in the US, 22,134 deaths were recorded from pharmaceuticals… No deaths caused by medical marijuana overdose have been confirmed in the US.” (Philipsen, Nayna, et al). Based on Philipsen’s research, marijuana is less dangerous than prescription medications that can be used legally for medicinal purposes. Consequently, medical and political professionals need to work in unison to create political and medical environments which provide solid information on medical marijuana to increase the knowledge and safety of both chronically ill and …show more content…
Neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, author of The Cable News Network article, Why I Changed My Mind on Weed, discusses how marijuana does have substantial medical benefits, however there is fear of marijuana health risks due to lack of equality proportioned research. He states: “about 6% of current U.S. marijuana studies investigate the benefits of medical marijuana. The rest are designed to investigate harm.” (CNN). Gupta’s investigation suggests that the limited medical studies in the United States about medical marijuana unrealistically represent data on cannabis, hence, purposely depicting marijuana use medically as a destructive treatment (CNN). Political behaviors of elected officials and constituency members are unfortunately influenced by the misleading adverse information that dominates medical research – delaying life-saving treatment from going to the chronically ill (CNN). Thus, there needs to be more awareness of research investigating the health benefits of marijuana to help voters and political officials to be properly informed to make decisions based on accurate

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