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For years there has been a contoversy over the legalization of marijuana Marijuana is a drug made from the top of hemp plants In the United States it is classified as a narcotic drug that has been illegal since 1937 Unlike most narcotics though it does not cause a physical dependency or addiction Intoxication May cause and of the following giddiness sedation pleasant tranquility mood changes and altered sense of timem space and body dimensions Such effects are desired my many and condemned by others Prohibition of the drug has increased risk for dealers This makes the sale of marijuana more dangerous therefore making it more expensive So in the long run dealers have become richer Taxpayers money is being spent on police court proceedings and jail maintenance due to increased drug activity in the United States The question here is whether this money is worth spending Many people argue that marijuana shuould be legalized for several reasons for environmental and industrial benefits for farmers who grow the plant for a living for tax revenues and most importantly for medical use Numerous medical reports have been done to support legalization Each being very conclusive Marijuana has been used to treat patients with glaucoma multiple sclerosis cancer epilepsy AIDS and arthritis Marijuana helps relieve pain controls vomiting eases nausea and can stimulate appetite For some the psychological effects may even be beneficial Marijuana is less costly less toxic and in some cases more beneficial than regular treatments As early as 3000 BC Central Asia and China were using marijuana as a folk medicine Only in the 1900s did people begin using it as a pleasure-inducing drug Today in patients with AIDS marijuana helps with vomiting nausea and appetite loss when other medications have failed to do so marijuana has been seen to reduce IOP intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma which causes blindness Many patients are non-responsive to other drugs to treat this illness and marijuana
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