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Medical MarijuanaWhy Not There is much controversy surrounding the issue of a medication that has been used around the world as early as 3000 BC This drug used was that derived from a plant called marijuana Cannabis sativa It was used in these early times in India Central Asia and China for various illnesses This of course was long before the days of science using multiple types of chemicals to form prescription and over the counter drugs we now use in our everyday lives Yet our government outlaws the use of this natural plant for medication purposesWhy The Office of National Drug Control Policy has opposed legalization of medical marijuana because they believe in the possibility that some people would use it as an excuse to sell marijuana for non-medical use I feel that this is a ridiculous reason and I plan to show you why medical marijuana is not a bad thing and should be legalized First of all I would like to tell you about the benefits of medical marijuana In a 1999 government-sponsored study it was found that marijuana was beneficial for certain medical conditions THC delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol the active ingredient in marijuana has been shown to improve appetite and help prevent the severe weight loss associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome also known as AIDS Marijuana also reduces the nausea caused by cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatments There is also reports supporting marijuana to have positive properties in treating pain and muscle spasms in patients with Multiple Sclerosis Many people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis say that marijuana provides symptom relief when other medications fail Nearly twenty percent of states in the US see these beneficial qualities in marijuana and have passed legislation to allow patients to posses and grow marijuana for medical purposes with their doctors approval These states include Alaska Arizona California Colorado Hawaii Maine Nevada Oregon and Washington However these state laws are not in accordance
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