Essay about Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1212 Words Mar 5th, 2015 5 Pages
THESIS: It is unethical for the federal government to deny the widespread use and prescription of medical cannabis not only because it has been scientifically proven as adequate treatment for certain conditions, but because it is also less harmful than many Schedule II and FDA approved drugs.
In the seventies, the use of marijuana became illegal. Twenty years later, in 1996, California was the first state in the U.S. to legalize it for medicinal use. 18 years later, Washington and Colorado state(s) became the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use. During this time span, many people and politicians have had different views with the use of this drug in terms of both its recreational and medicinal purposes. The different views in a domain --here, it is with people of the U.S.--are what cause an ethical dilemma about the use.
Through many cases, this research will be going through the ethics of the medical side of cannabis: whether it is beneficial or not, how others feel about it, and why it is made illegal by the federal government. Through medical research, there are many differences and views on what seems to be a beneficial drug. Is it right for the federal government to limit the use of this drug? This is what caught my attention to research about the ethical situation behind the legalization and use of medical marijuana.

There are two main questions that must be answered to work through the dilemma: the first involves the empirical issue: Can…

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