Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1595 Words Oct 12th, 2014 7 Pages
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 20th century. To date both sides of the argument still contradict each other, this includes State vs. Federal law. In selected states marijuana is legal in some forms. However there is a difference in State vs. Federal law. Each state has their own state laws, which vary state to state. Though individual states have legalized marijuana the federal government still classify marijuana as an illegal substance. In the New York Times article, “Medical Marijuana Hits Wall of U.S. Law”, written by Serge F. Kovaleski,…

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