- Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
“According to considerable medical research, marijuana has the ability to soothe some symptoms associated with chronic or long-term illness, certain medical treatments, and chronic injury. The American Medical Association (AMA), while refusing to endorse legalization, has repeatedly asserted that the drug can be effective in managing nausea, vomiting, chronic pain, and other symptoms that cause patient discomfort. Additionally, patients undergoing symptom-causing treatments such as chemotherapy may be able to get symptomatic relief from medical marijuana when other drugs cannot be taken due to possible interference with the treatment. Medical marijuana legalization is often suggested as a compassionate law for those suffering from symptoms that other drugs cannot treat effectively.
Some people argue that medical marijuana legalization could provide great benefits to those with allergies or sensitivities, or little response to existing legal drugs. Legalization could also provide symptomatic relief to those who cannot take existing legal drugs due to contraindications. It provides an alternative therapy to end-of-life patients who do not wish to continue traditional drug therapy due to side effects.
Many arguments against medical marijuana legalization suggest that not enough research has been done to determine if the drug is safe, effective, and can be correctly standardized for dosage. Additionally, some are afraid that legalizing the drug for medical use will make it easier for minors and non-patients to obtain illegally. Some also argue that since the drug is so widely cultivated illegally, it would be enormously difficult to standardize growing rights and could lead to an extensive black market in the drug.”
“What Are the Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana Legalization?” wisegeek.com (accessed Oct. 6, 2011)
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