Pro’s and Con’s of Marijuana
The debate about marijuana will probably be going strong for a long time and maybe even until the end of time. Should it be legal or illegal? Is it more helpful or harmful? Does it lead kids to drugs or is it a safe drug? There are plenty of arguments for the pros and cons of marijuana but what are they?
Under current federal law, the Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance. This is means that the U.S. government feels that there are no accepted medical benefits, it has a high potential for abuse and is unsafe for use even under medical supervision. As of now, 16 states and territories currently permit medical marijuana use for patients with legitimate prescriptions for the substance.
Pro’s of marijuana
Despite the fact that the government has made cannabis totally illegal there has been proven to be great medical benefit shown with the use of marijuana. For instance, marijuana has been shown to be helpful for medical ailments from anxiety to terminal cancer.
Taxation. Many people believe taxes on marijuana would get the United States out of debt and help maintain a steadier economy. Medical marijuana alone generates 14 billion dollars per year.
Cancer patients or those undergoing chemotherapy could benefit from medical marijuana because it has shown to reduce vomiting, nausea, and increasing appetite. For those in pain or who have muscle spasms marijuana could be a better alternative to intense painkillers such as morphine or oxycodone.
The cons of marijuana.
While the medical uses of marijuana are widespread there are some downfalls to smoking pot. Ingesting marijuana can slow the motor skills, reaction time and can cause paranoia, mood swings, fatigue, and increased appetite. Some other cons of marijuana use are memory loss, confusion, delayed thought process, blockages of blood vessels which can lead to lung caner, loss of motivation, cramps and sometimes diarrhea.
One of the biggest cons of marijuana is the fact that it can sometimes lead those who use it recreationally to move on to harder substances. Not only that but it also can be addictive. While some people argue the physical addiction of marijuana it has been shown that psychological or mental addiction to marijuana is quite common. Those who get themselves addicted to marijuana suffer all the negative effects of the drug but more severely. The long term effects of marijuana when used recreationally can be life changing and last for a long time.
The debate could go on for hours on how the pros outweigh the cons of marijuana use and how those who may get addicted to marijuana were probably going to get addicted to something regardless. Yet there are those who believe that taxing or legalizing marijuana all together would lead the United States into a new kind of drug problem it has yet to see. Then there is the fight that marijuana is at least safer than alcohol but yet alcohol remains legal and there is always a point to counter that. Whether or not you agree with the pros or cons of marijuana it is a fact that marijuana has been a part of all our lives in one way or another and probably will be for the for seeable and unforeseeable future. It is merely a matter of time before something changes and it may be that marijuana is pushed out of the pro category forever or that it becomes something as common as alcohol.