The Fight for Marijuana Legality Essay

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On Election Day in 1996, voters in California and Arizona voted for initiatives that would condone and legalize the acquisition of medical marijuana by those in need and prescribed it by a physician. Within 5 years of that, many states passed measures to allow the needy to legally receive medical marijuana: Arizona, Alaska, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Maine, the District of Columbia, and most recently, Hawaii (Bock 1). One might ask oneself what the regulations now that is so perturbing to those who need the use to be legalized? Stephen B. Duke gives insight to this inquiry—showing that the government may be contradicting itself, causing more pain and effort for less good—in his work Cannabis Captiva: Freeing the World from Marijuana …show more content…
Ultimately, this topic is in desperate need of clarification and decision-making. The use of marijuana either for medication or recreation is a largely popular activity. Legalization with regulation would essentially be the most intelligent plan of action, and as show previously, a drug must be legal to be “controlled,” taxed, or potentially monopolized in some areas. Some are not convinced that marijuana is in fact a medicine at all and is purely called that to cover up the true reason behind wanting to legalize the herb: to get high. It is difficult to truly determine what is or is not medicinal—even by Modern American medicine standards and guide lines. Modern physicians have deterred patients from seemingly “outlandish” methods of medicine frequently, such as the Oriental practices of acupuncture and acupressure, chiropractors, midwives, and others. Although these may seem primitive to the new-aged practitioners, the quick dismissal of the validity of these more-or-less safe practices (unlike the European medieval approach to curing sickness by “bleeding” a patient) might eliminate possible innovations and scientific process in the medical field (Bock 131-133). Marijuana may be

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