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Legalizing marijuana for medical purposes has been a debate for many years Many institutions have opened up to help terminally ill patients receive their dosage of marijuana One of them being Cannabis Healing Center in California which was shut down by the government in 1998 because selling or using marijuana for any reason is illegal no matter what Its a violation of federal law to cultivate or distribute marijuana Federal law supersedes state law Marmion 2 Even though marijuana has no scientific basis it has proven to help many people suffering from nausea due to chemotherapy and weightloss due to AIDS On the other hand there are many reasons why marijuana should not be legalized like the outcome of smoking marijuana or how it is harmful to the people and the society Marijuana has been around for thousands of years It was a commonly prescribed medicine for the ill until 1937 when it was proposed as an illegal drug Marijuana basically acts on the brain mostly the part of the brain that affects consciousness By acting on these higher brain systems marijuana produces some of its most striking medicinal benefits affecting perception of pain mood hunger and muscle control Gieringer Mikuriya and Rosenthal 13 It helps patients who are going through chemotherapy by stopping their nausea and increasing their appetites Martina Valdez had been getting chemotherapy for her minuet form of leukemia She says that using marijuana eased her nine months of chemo by stopping her nausea and increasing her appetite The marijuana stopped my nausea during chemo and encouraged my appetite It allowed me to regain my strength and normal body weight I lost about 15 pounds when I was using anti-nausea drugs prescribed by my doctors Those drugs didnt work at all for me Condor 1 Using marijuana increases the value of life available to some chemotherapy patients Not only does marijuana help chemo patients it also helps AIDS victims keep their weight
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