the highs of marijuana

Brittney Toler
Anna James
English 101
May 13, 2015
The Highs of Marijuana
Unfortunately, today’s society has been programmed for so long to believe that marijuana is “bad” simply because they are uneducated on the subject. However, for those that do not know, marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a harmless plant and is the most widely used illegal drug in the United States. An estimated 76 million Americans, about, one in four, have tried marijuana at least once (Paul Ruschmann). The benefits of legalizing marijuana outweigh the disadvantages, but our government has their beliefs as to why it is harmful. Despite many people’s doubts about the plant; supporters of marijuana have completed sufficient researches to make their point as to why it should be legalized. (Galston and Dionne). Marijuana is one of the most controversial issues in the United States because many people are not approaching the situation in a positive manner, which is the reason why only twenty states has legalized the herb; however I avidly support the legalization of marijuana.
It is clear that, marijuana is a breakthrough to the medical world because it is being used more than ever to help patients live with their illnesses. For instance, clinical trials have been conducted on cannabis and cannabinoids for ways to cope with side effects of cancer and cancer therapies (cancer.org). These studies show that when Delta-9-THC, the main drug found in cannabis, is taken by mouth, chemotherapy- related nausea and vomiting is relieved. There are two cannaboid drugs, dronabinal and nabilone, that are approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration. Also, when taken by mouth, clinical studies have shown that marijuana relieves cancer pain (cancer.gov). Current legal restrictions on the use of marijuana have prevented researchers from conducting the broad clinical trials necessary to fully understand other numerous ways that medical marijuana can help cancer patients…