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Over the past decade there has been much controversy over the legalization of marijuana The government is uncertain of its effects on society in general as well as on the individual As of now marijuana is illegal in Canada and only thirteen people can smoke it legally httpwwwchuckiicomrepoANDCONSABOUT LEGALIZINGMARIJUANAshtml October 30th 2000 The government is just now looking at its effects Marijuana is actually medically beneficial bringing relief to many conditions It is also a factor that could lower the crime rate in Canada and give police and the judiciary system more time As well it could be a benefit to the economy by diminishing the Black Market and providing the government with tax money Because of all these benefits marijuana should be legalized in Canada Just one of the reasons it should be legalized is because it treats many illnesses The legalization of marijuana will provide medical relief to many serious conditions and illnesses Although marijuana is not a cure to disease and ailments it can provide much alleviation to patients In recent years the treatment for cancer and AIDS has improved but the side affects to these treatments have increased as well Marijuana is used to treat the side affects which include nausea and vomiting since it calms the stomach Also patients with HIV infection go through a period called the wasting syndrome where they do not eat Zimmer pg 16 These patients are suffering enough with life-threatening diseases and since marijuana relieves at least some of their pain it would be advantageous for it to be legalized Since marijuana is an appetite stimulant it can help these patients have the desire to eat and they can stay strong and it can also help others with eating disorders as well Zimmerman pg13 Many female teenagers suffer from eating disorde rs and if marijuana were legalized it could help stop the persistence of this disease by stimulating a persons appetite Marijuana is also useful
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