The Case for Medical Marijuana Essay

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Medical marijuana is an often-misunderstood subject—some people simply cannot understand why an elderly woman should puff away on marijuana to “cure” her emphysema. Overall public opinion leans toward keeping this mysterious drug away from pharmacy shelves. However, rare medical cannabis research studies show that marijuana alleviates pain from a plethora of debilitating diseases. All in all, the use of medical marijuana does have drawbacks, but marijuana is still a reliable course of treatment for those who suffer from chronic diseases.

One medical cannabis case comes from the small town of Dana Point, California, where Malinda Traudt, a blind cerebral palsy sufferer, relies on marijuana to survive. Malinda’s doctor
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The city will deny Malinda, along with countless other patients, the medication that manages their pain and makes life bearable because cities do not want the public living in a city with the blemish of a marijuana dispensary, regardless of the fact that marijuana patients typically have unbearably painful chronic diseases that mainstream medication cannot alleviate.

Cities often back their bans on marijuana with false ‘proof’ that marijuana is a gateway drug, leading users to try more potent drugs such as methamphetamines or heroin. However, multiple medical marijuana studies show that marijuana has certain healing qualities while having fewer side effects than conventional medication such as morphine of Vicodin. Medical marijuana studies are “dwindling fast” (Diep 1), so many studies now focus on certain isotopes of the potent pain relievers in marijuana. For instance, a study conducted at the Mayo Clinic on Marinol, a medication formed from chemicals in marijuana, studies individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While the study is ongoing, results at this point lean toward the conclusion that Marinol adequately relieves IBS pain without a strong potential for dependency (Diep1-2). The main problem with marijuana and its chemicals, however, is the total lack of studies which could prove cannabis’s medical potency to a skeptical audience. The few conducted studies “are promising enough to recommend new controlled studies” because

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