The biggest users of our medical system are senior citizens, and it should therefore come as no surprise that when medical marijuana first became available in California, seniors were some of the first to try it out. Seniors are finding that medical marijuana works on a large variety of illnesses that modern medicine has yet to effectively treat. However, being legal and effective doesn't make it any less controversial. Seeing a grandparent smoking marijuana can be a shock.
"In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis, marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care. DEA Administrative Law Judge - Francis Young (1988)
"I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?" - Willie Nelson
Health Canada cited a number of reasons to favor regulatory reform, in a lengthy analysis it prepared in 2012. It noted that recent Canadian court decisions supported its own position, “that dried marijuana for medical purposes should be produced and distributed as much as possible in the same manner as a medication.” The analysis mentioned that under the old system, registered users generally disliked the application process and the fact that only a single strain of marijuana was available for purchase.
One of the strongest arguments in favor of legalizing marijuana is that it will reduce alcohol consumption, which considering marijuana is safer than alcohol, it would be a good thing if that were to happen. Alcohol abuse increases domestic violence, car crashes, and health problems. Marijuana on the other hand does not lead to increased crime, lowers the rate of car crashes compared to alcohol, and has many health benefits.
The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 B.C. by Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The emperor documented the drug's effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout.
During the temperance movement of the 1890s, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol. The reason for this was that use of marijuana did not lead to domestic violence while alcohol abuse did.
Marijuana was first severely restricted as a recreational and medicinal drug in the U.S. by the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The law did not prohibit marijuana use but imposed such a heavy tax that legal sale and use became nearly impossible.
Like Carl Sagan, another very smart person who enjoyed banging the gong and hitting the bong and was able to make it work, whether in the lab or on the islands. The cultural anthropologist became an avid toker after contracting a disease and using the boo medicinally, at first. She later testified before Congress to legalize the stuff because of the relief she received from smoking weed. Congress said no deal, but gave her the Medal of Freedom after she passed on to her special isle in the sky in 1978. - Margaret Mead
Nearly half the country has already tried pot which is more than how many Americans know who Jennifer Lawrence is and much much more than the percentage of Americans who are left handed. Medical marijuana is important to a lot of people. According to a Discovery Health article, marijuana has been extremely successful in relieving nausea. Furthermore, it helps relax muscle tension, spasms and chronic pain.
If you are completely fine with alcohol and cigarettes, then there shouldn't be a reason you aren't accepting of marijuana as well. A 2010 study published in the Lancet and reported on by The Economist, a team of drug experts in the U.K. assessed the combined harms to others and to the user of marijuana as less than the harms posed by alcohol or tobacco use. The negative stigma of pot use has certainly made it seem like it's worse, and since using the drug is still illegal, the fact that only people who are willing to break the law will smoke has inevitably made it associated with a "pothead" culture.
The ratio of the effective dosage to a lethal dosage is approximately 40,000:1. A very low presence of cannabinoid receptors in the brainstem indicates why especially high doses of Cannabis are not lethal. - Dr. M. Herkenham Ph.D