Marijuana Legalization Precious Khalani Gooden Kimberli D. Reed 11/5/09
Background Thirteen states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington Used to treat: nausea, pain, and vomiting from chemotherapy Severe weight loss from AIDS treatment
Main Point Marijuana is a Schedule I drug which mean its illegal and can only be used for research purposes.(LSD and Heroin) Want the federal government to change it to Schedule II therefore its legal for all states can be prescribed for any medical condition.
What is weed and who uses it? Mind altering substance, that has a chemical THC that heightens senses and relaxes. It is an herb, leafy substance. At least 37% of people from 12 and older 20% of people ranging 12-17 50% 18-25 48% of high school students in the US have used the drug at least once
Point of view of users Helps ease anxiety, stress, and pain. Alcohol and tobacco are legal and has side effects, why shouldn’t weed be legal Helps with appetite It doesn’t cause visible body harm like other drugs. Side effects are minimal. Helps to focus more in school and at work.
Opposing View It is unhealthy, it may cause respiratory infections, impaired memory and learnig disability Contains toxins and carninogens which increase cancer of the lung, neck, mouth and respiratory tract. Has no real medical need.
Pros Government could earn more money by taxing the sale of marijuana Can help people suffering from pain. Cancer and AIDS.
Cons Illegal drug that doesn’t have sufficient evidence supporting its use is beneficial Marijuana will lead to more severe drug use. “Gateway Effect” Send the wrong message to the public, especially children, that its recreational use is acceptable and that it is beneficial Create more medical problems in patients Marijuana can be easily abused if not tightly controlled.
Quick Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ-U3ayNgnk
Conclusion Marijuana has not been legalized because there is no substantiating evidence supporting its benefits. Dispensaries are subject to seizure at anytime. Supporters: help those that are terminally ill, provide significant revenue for the government Non-supporters: sends the wrong message, gateway effect, can be highly abused and create more medical problems
Discussion Questions If marijuana was legalized do you think it would send the wrong message to younger people? Should doctors be allowed to prescribe marijuana to minors with guardian consent? Should marijuana be legalized? Is there difference between marijuana addiction and other prescription addictions(vicotin)? Do you think the marijuana recommendation should be valid for a year?
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