Mary Jane, pot, dust, good, ganja, and weed are all names used to describe the earth’s famous herb, formally known as marijuana. Marijuana has been around for decades. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, marijuana is defined as the dried leaves and flowering tops of the female hemp plant, usually illegal for its intoxicating effects. Illegal is the key word in the definition given. Due to the presence of the chemical THC that is found in marijuana and the opinion that marijuana is an addictive gateway drug, it is illegal in all states. Marijuana is mostly consumed by teens between the ages of 16 and 25. The legalization of marijuana should occur because it can be used to treat medical conditions, its effects have never killed anyone, and it could possibly boost the economy.
First of all, Marijuana should be legalized for treatment of certain medical conditions. “Glaucoma, neuropathic pain, Aids “wasting,” symptoms of multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-induced nausea” are a few medical conditions in which marijuana would be considered for treatment (Resitivo, Denton 291). The dosage amount and the manner of consumption would vary in accordance with the medical condition. However, these two matters would be difficult to establish without the needed support of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Due to the approval of synthetic versions of active ingredients found in marijuana, legalization of marijuana for this purpose is not needed. Depending on the medical conditions viewed by physicians, currently 12 sates including California and New Mexico allow physicians to prescribe marijuana. Marijuana has been tried and tested for decades on medically stable individuals by means of recreational usage, so therefore there would be no harm in the usage of marijuana in accordance to medical conditions.
Secondly the effects of marijuana vary depending on the manner of consumption. “Most effects may last anywhere from four to eight hours...