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Marijuana Medicine or Illicit Drug If you look hard enough you can see a drug deal happening daily Your first thought is look at that drug addict where are the Police when you need them What if the person buying the drug used it to ease the pain of a life threatening illness What if it slowed the progress of a blinding disease The debate over marijuana as a medicinal drug has continued for decades For thousands of years it has been used for a variety of ailments The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 federally prohibited marijuana The controlled Substances Act of 1970 placed all illicit and prescription drugs into five schedules categories Marijuana was place in Schedule I defining the substance as having a high potential for abuse no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision Supporters want the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a schedule II drug one that physicians can legally prescribe despite its potential for addiction Morphine is an example of a schedule II drug The Office of National Drug Control Policy ONDCP states it is to create a National Drug Control Strategy based on science rather than ideology Furthermore it endorses the therapeutic use of any substance but only if it meets strict scientific standards that ensures safe and effective use Marijuana has many pros and cons but should be legalized for medicinal purposes just for the simple fact of relieving a person of pain in their last days or slowing down the progress of a condition The opponents contend that legalizing Marijuana will send out the wrong message to children that using drugs is all right In recent years the rate of eighth graders using illicit drugs has tripled The increase in marijuana use has been fueled by a measurable decrease in the proportion of young people who perceive marijuana
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