Pro's of Marijuana Legalization -

Medicinal Use

The strongest argument for legalizing Marijuana is for medical purposes. Marijuana can be used as a treatment for many different diseases and health issues. Legalizing Marijuana will make it easier for the patients to receive the drug and it will make it easier for scientist to study the drug further to confirm the drugs medicinal purposes.

Marijuana Treatment
Cancer Chemotherapy
often causes extreme nausea and vomiting
Active ingredient THC reduces vomiting and nausea,
alleviates pretreatment anxiety. 8
AIDS-related wasting
Low appetite, loss of lean (muscle) mass
Improves appetite8
Pain and Muscle Spasms
Associated with epilepsy and multiple sclerosis
Reduces muscle spasms; may ease incontinence of
bladder and bowel and relieve depression.8
A progressive form of blindness due to increased pressure inside the eye
Reduces pressure within the eye.8
But it may also reduce blood flow to the optic nerve, exacerbating the loss of vision.
AsthmaCan help open up the lungs of an asthma attack victim.6
Known health issues that Marijuana can be used for treatment

Expensive Drug War

Legalizing Marijuana means we can treat the problem of drug abuse as a medical problem not a criminal one.

It is estimated that the United States government spends $10 billion dollars a year in its attempts to keep Marijuana off the street, while the State of California has revenue of 14 billion annually for the production of its legalized medicinal Marijuana.5

If Marijuana is legalized The U.S. can tax the revenues and will have additional fund that can be used for awareness of the drugs affects and treatment.

During the prohibition of alcohol during the 1920's the Mafia could produce alcohol and had a considerable control over others who wanted it. The role that the Mafia played in the 1920's has transformed into the corner drug dealers and drug cartel of the 1990's.

Legalization will result in a decrease in deaths and violence due to the unregulated blackmarket trade or Marijuana.

1 out of 6 people in jail are in for non-violent drug offenses6. Prisons are overcrowded and it is very costly to keep people in prison. Legalizing Marijuana would make room for more violent offenders.

Marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol

Unlike Alcohol and prescription drugs, Marijuana is not lethal by overdosing.

A study in 2009 by U.S. Department of Health and Human Studies published that 69.7 million Americans are current users of tobacco products, 15 million Americans abuse alcohol, and only 4.2 million Americans abuse Marijuana.7

Everyday 1,000 people die from smoking related illnesses, 550 die from alcohol related accidents and diseases, and less than 20 die of drug related causes.4

Legalization may not cause a spike in use as critics acclaim. American adolescents use Marijuana twice as much as their counter parts in Holland where Marijuana is legal.3