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Brianna Salcido
English 102
WP #3: Researched Argument
Professor Gerchick
3 December 2014

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“Should more Americans agree to use Medicinal Marijuana”
Medical Marijuana Benefits:
Evidence that more and more Americans today are leaning towards marijuana as their
choice of medication. The drug is seen as a great option that can help those with serious diseases.
U.S. officials state that although society has always referred to marijuana as being a dangerous
drug that is the gateway to much harsher drugs, it is said that the use of medical marijuana can
actually be beneficial. It can greatly help people with chronic diseases, and it is said that it can
stop cancer from spreading. Also marijuana can be used in the framing industry: animal bedding
and feed, mulch, mushroom compost. Another great use of marijuana can be textiles: diapers,
twine, rope, carpets, clothing and apparel, fabric, denim, shoes, etc. Medical marijuana should
definitely be legalized in the state of Arizona.

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The various uses of Marijuana

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Marijuana comes from the Indian hemp plant and was given its botanical name,
Cannabis sativa, by Linnaeus in 1753. The term cannabis is derived from cannabinoids,
a class of chemical compounds unique to this plant which produce its unusual effects.
(Marijuana, Its Effects on Mind & Body, p. 27). Marijuana was first described in print in
a Chinese book of medicine. Marijuana was introduced to Western medicine by the
British doctor; W.B. O’Shaughnessy, who learned about it while he was stationed in
India. Marijuana is a preparation from the Cannabis plant that is smoked. It consists of
the dried, ground-up flowers that highly variable plant. The main ingredient in Cannabis
is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol also called (THC) and it is the specific cannabinoid
which is psychoactive—meaning that it alters mood, perception, thought processes, and
consciousness. (Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education p. 1)
The ancient Persians, Greeks, Romans, East Indians, and Assyrians, also used the
drug. They used it to control muscle spasms, to reduce pain, and to treat indigestion. In
Asia and Africa, people use marijuana as an herbal preparation in folk medicine. Western
practitioners also used marijuana in medical practices. In the 19th century in America, it
was used by the medical profession for treating ailments such as spastic conditions,
headaches, labor pains, insomnia, and menstrual cramps. (Marijuana, Its effects on mind
& Body, p. 37, 38).
The therapeutic use of marijuana has a history of helping many and is considered
the most humane approach to helping the very ill but requires that people continue to
have the availability of the medical marijuana. The evidence that supports medical

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marijuana for appetite loss,vomiting, nausea, arthritis, weight loss, glaucoma, spasticity,
insomnia, seizures, and Tourette’s syndrome, to name a few are very impressive and
promising than other drugs that are available for each of these disorders. Even with
multiple treatments for every human problem, some patients do not respond well to
certain medications and respond better to medical marijuana to help them with pain and
their symptoms. Dr. Kleber said “Different people respond differently to various
treatments- that’s what most people opposing medical marijuana don’t
get.” (CBSNEWS). Steven R. Patiemo, PhD, Deputy Director of the Duke Cancer
Institute and Professor of Medicine, stated "The use of marijuana as a medicine is
remarkably uncontroversial at the bedside of a cancer patient or a child suffering from
convulsions who might be helped.” (Steven R. Patiemo, PhD).
Do the benefits of marijuana have you convinced?
The legal uses of marijuana can be helpful towards a number of things, for example, it
can help with the side effects many people with very serious diseases have, the legalization of it,
and the safety of medically regulated use of marijuana would be beneficial to society. Many
people will have differences of opinions on the use as well as the aid of marijuana, but as for the
people that have been diagnosed with chronic diseases such as AIDS (HIV), Arthritis, Asthma/
Breathing Disorders, Glaucoma, Migraines, Epilepsy/ Seizures, Psychological Conditions, and
people who are suffering from cancer and nausea-related treatments are extremely grateful for
medical marijuana. One example of how people are getting convinced more and more of the

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helpful uses of marijuana is the statement made by my grandmother in regards to a close friend
of hers, suffering from cancer.

“I had always opposed the use and legalization of marijuana, until I heard the sad
story of my co-worker a cancer survivor. The chemotherapy for my co-workers treatment
made her lose her appetite, felt weak, and nauseous. The only thing that helped her get
through those symptoms was marijuana.” After my grandmother heard that story, she then
changed her opinion and even voted for the legalization of marijuana while she was
living in the state of California.
Opposing factors of the legalization
Many people may differ and think it is not helpful and may not be the best remedy
due to the abuse of the drug or a long term health concern for lung cancer. But the
concern over Marijuana and the impact it may have on chronic respiratory issues have not
been found. Many citizens are against legalizing the drug. Scientific research is clear that
marijuana is addictive and that it’s use significantly impairs bodily and mental functions.
Many people feel that the marijuana trafficking is the biggest source of violence, crime
and social disintegration. I interviewed my grandfather that has a chronic diseases and
still opposes and choses not to support the legalization of marijuana. He feels very
strongly that there is no purpose other than to worsen the drug problems: addiction,
violence, disorder, and death in the state.
Pro legalization movement

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Nonetheless medicinal marijuana is clearly of great value to patients and doctors
that feel it is an effective way of treating their patient and are making a difference in
someones life by prescribing the drug should be allowed without a problem. Dennis
Kucinich,US Representative and 2008 Democratic Candidate for US President said, "It's
a matter between doctors and patients, and if doctors want to prescribe medical marijuana
to relieve pain, compassion requires that the government support that. And so as president
of the United States, I would make sure that our Justice Department was mindful that we
should be taking a compassionate approach.”
The controversy between whether marijuana and its medicinal benefits to people
seems to be lessening and people are starting to lean more towards accepting it rather
than denying the use. With so many people voting for it and actual patients that have
chronic diseases giving their testimonials about how much it has truly helped them live
with the disease instead of dying with it. Although the evidence of the drug being
beneficial, there are still many who feel it is not a good option. Peter Provet, PhD,
President and Chief Executive Officer at the Odyssey House, stated “ As a treatment
provider, I support the Food and Drug Administration’s dismissal of medical benefit from
marijuana. Regardless of the heated political debate that swirls around this issue, the fact
remains that despite the Institute of Medicine's claim to the contrary, for people
vulnerable to addictive disease, marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to the use of more
dangerous drugs like cocaine and heroin.” (New York Times;Peter Provet)
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In conclusion, peoples opinions and facts on marijuana's effects on the body will
differ from individual to individual. Today the consumption of marijuana and the study’s
have shown benefits and opposition for the use and the legalization of the drug. Citizens
should not overlook the true benefits of marijuana legalization. We will never be able to
predict the exact consequence of the legalization of it, but there is enough testimony to
consider this option. Although those have every reason to believe that further, the legal uses of
marijuana can be helpful towards the side effects many people with very serious diseases have,
the legalization of it, and the safety of medically regulated use of marijuana would be beneficial
to society. Now would you deny a sick person those benefits?

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