Legalizing Medical Marijuana

By.Cameron Hammers

Guiding Question

Should medical marijuana be legal in all states.

Thesis

Medical marijuana should be legal in all states because some people need the drug to help with their health and because it is safe.

About Marijuana

marijuana is a drug that is used a lot in America. it is used as recreational and Medical.marijuana is legal in 24 states so far.medical marijuana is a medicine that can cure different types of illnesses. medical marijuana must be prescribed and used only for medical use. Recreational marijuana is used without a prescription and is not used for medical reasons, only for the enjoyment of getting high.

Text Evidence

ProCon. com's article states that "Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions". this shows that medical marijuana is safe and should be legal in all states

The article "Medical Marijuana" by Erin Hildebrandt states that Marijuana, in all its forms, has enjoyed thousands of years of safe and effective medical use. this shows why marijuana is safe.
The article "Medical Marijuana" says that Medical marijuana is now legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Of those states, Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Colorado's first retail marijuana stores opened Jan. 1 for sale to people 21 years and older. If its already legal in 21 states then it should be legal in the rest of the states.
The article "Health and Human Services Department" says that "is a mind-altering drug made from the cannabis plant. The chemical THC is the ingredient that typically makes a marijuana user high, an experience that may include changes in mood, awareness, and outlook." The THC in marijuana is what affects the brain we don't have to inhale smoke because there are other ways you can get the THC.
The article "State Marijuana Laws Map" says "five states have become legal for recreational marijuana" if states are legalizing recreational marijuana then then should legalize medicinal marijuna.

Counter Argument

Most people say that marijuana is bad for you because it can hurt your lungs but most people smoke the plant. There are many different ways to consume marijuana. you can smoke it you can drink it and there are even skin cremes. medical marijuana can be safe if used responsibly and prescribed
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Citations

Marijuana: Weeding Out the Hype! (2002): 1-37 DB - SIRS Government Reporter. Print.

Sbury, And Laurie E. Ekstrand. ONDCP Media Campaign (Aug. 2006): 1-51 DB - SIRS Government Reporter. Print.

Sbury, And Laurie E. Ekstrand. ONDCP Media Campaign (Aug. 2006): 1-51 DB - SIRS Government Reporter. Print.