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Julie ArangoMrs. McCallPsychology 2301.0202-13-15Marijuana: Pros and Cons of Legalization Marijuana is considered an illegal drug in some states but is encouraged to be used as a treatment in other states. Why is it illegal in some states and not in others?  The reason is because the drug has recently developed a new use that can help treat illnesses such as muscle spasms, seizures, Crohn’s disease, and nausea during chemo therapy. Many people think that this medicine is and always will be an illegal drug that shouldn’t be legalized even for medical purposes. The drug can help in many ways but just as every drug does it does have its own side effects such as a drop or rise in heart or blood pressure, lung problems, hallucinations, and depression. Medical marijuana is not monitored like FDA-approved medicines. When using it, you don’t know its potential to cause cancer, its purity, potency, or side effects. Only people who have a card from a doctor should use medical marijuana. Doctors will not prescribe medical marijuana to anyone under 18. Others who should not use it:People with heart diseasePregnant womenPeople with a history of psychosisNext, you have the people that can see the right uses of marijuana and how it can better health all over the world. Marijuana is used as a pain medication, such as Tylenol. However when two Tylenol don’t fix your problem, what do you do? Most people take two more, some take more than that which causes them to overdose. With Marijuana as your pain reliever, you can’t overdose. If you’re in pain you just use more of it and you don’t have to worry about having your stomach pumped later if it’s too much. There’s a lot to consider when talking about whether the drug is beneficiary or not. Like all drugs it does have some side effects, but the side effects are much lower health risks than the original medical condition that led to the use of medicinal marijuana in the first place. You can go back and forth with the ideas of it being good for your health or bad. So let’s throw that out the window and talk about the financial side of this. The states can benefit from the taxes that are included with buying marijuana if it is legalized and that would raise over 2.4 billion dollars for the states to spend on roads or any other infrastructural upgrades. Jobs in the United States are also becoming more uncommon and with marijuana legalized it would open up more dispensers that would need workers managers and owners to run helping the unemployment rates decrease. Both the states and the people benefit from marijuana being legalized. The consumers get their medication, while the state government gets their money.My choice is for marijuana to be legalized. It does no harm to anyone but the consumer, and even then the harm is little to none. If marijuana was legalized it would open up hundreds or even thousands of jobs and the states would gain more money from taxes, ultimately improving the city and state roads and buildings of the United States.Resources “Pain Management.” Medical Marijuana Treatment Uses and How It Works. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Feb. 2015.  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-947-marijuana.aspx?activeingredientid=947&activeingredientname=marijuana  “Marijuana Policy Project.” The High Cost of Marijuana Prohibition in U.S. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2015.

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