Should marijuana be legalized for medicinal purposes? Will this legalization lead to abuses? There is currently a lot of debate going on about this issue.
I came across an article in the New York Times which led me to think about this topic. It has been argued that marijuana can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of many conditions including, cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions. Those that support legalization do agree that there may be an increase in abuse of the drug if it is legalized.
Due to it’s popularity, researchers and drug officials say that marijuana causes little harm and have even argued that it is safer than alcohol. Speaking of alcohol, Colorado plans to start regulating the drug as they do alcohol.
As of today, 16 states allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Rules vary from state to state and the debate on this reform continues.
Thought of the day–
- Why is it that the legalization for medicinal marijuana has been opposed for so long if it causes little to no harm and can help to relieve pain associated with many conditions?