Running head: SHOULD STATES HAVE LEGAL CONTROL OF MARIJUANA
Should States Have Legal Control of Medicinal Marijuana?
Richard J. Radde
Columbia Southern University
The use of marijuana for medicinal treatment has recently been an argumentive issue in state politics. The intent of this paper is to inform the reader of the benefits of using marijuana to assist patients with incurable diseases and to prove that states should have the right to legally control the use of it.
State’s Control of Marijuana for Medical Use
Marijuana is the drug made from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. The active ingredient of marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a sticky resin that is
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It also reduces the nausea and vomiting that is caused by the prescribed AIDS medications. Weight loss in AIDS patients is one of the primary reasons the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of Marinol (Joy & Benson, 1999). A loss of as little as five percent of their body weight is life threatening. Patients who received THC in the form of Marinol experience increased appetite and maintained their weight. Many of the patients prefer smoking marijuana to taking a pill since it gives them control to inhale just enough of the drug to relieve their symptoms. The patients also report that by smoking it gives them the “munchies”. Some AIDS patients say that it takes away their painful nerve damage also but more clinical studies are being performed on this. AIDS patients report that using marijuana helps them cope with having to live with a chronic illness for the rest of their lives. Cannabinoid drugs offer a broad spectrum of relief for patients suffering from the symptoms of AIDS. More effective medicines already exist but are not equally as effective for all people and have unwanted side effects (Mack & Joy, 2001).
The National Institute of Health funded researchers at the Medical College of Virginia in 1974 to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system. They found out instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice: lung and breast cancer, and a virus induced leukemia. The Drug