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Should Marijuana be Legalized for Medical Purposes Marijuana has been used extensively as a medical remedy for more than five thousand years In the early 1900s medical usage of marijuana began to decline with the advent of alternative drugs Injectable opiates and synthetic drugs such as aspirin and barbiturates began to replace marijuana as the physicians drug of choice in the twentieth-century as their results proved to be more consistent than the sometimes erratic effects of the hard-to-dose potencies of marijuana Grinspoon The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 made cannabis so expensive to obtain that its usage as a medical remedy in the US came to a halt Although now illegal in the US marijuana continues to be used for both medical and recreational purposes by many Americans There are a variety of opinions both for and against the re-legalization of marijuana today Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the legalization debate is whether marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes All drugs both prescription and non-prescription are federally Scheduled by the DEA Drug Enforcement Agency A drugs scheduling under Federal law is determined according to its effects medical uses and potential for abuse Claim V In this classification system marijuana is a Schedule I drug grouped with heroin LSD hashish methaqualone and designer drugs These are drugs having unpredictable effects and causing severe psychological or physical dependence or death Claim V A closer analysis of the DEAs Federal Scheduling system reveals that according to various studies by physicians on both sides of the legalization debate marijuana does not meet the requirements of a Schedule I drug but not those of Schedule II The difference between the two classes is that Schedule I drugs may lead to death while those on Schedule II are less likely to do so Proponents of legalization cite information that indicates marijuana is a relatively safe drug There is no
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