24 May 2009

Legalized MARIJUANA: Yes? No?

Asking the question "Should marijuana be legal?" is like bumping into a hornet's nest and there will be a response which is usually very strong. The medical use of marijuana has been a hot topic for the past decade.

I live in Michigan which is one of 13 states where "medicinal marijuana" is legal. The "Michigan Medical Marijuana Act" was approved 11/4/08 and went into effect 12/4/08.

Marijuana, the most commonly used illegal drug in the US is taken from the leaves and flowering tops of the Cannabis saliva plant. It first became popular in the United States in the 1920's and can also come in a concentrated, resinous form called hashish and a sticky black liquid called hash oil. The average potency has increased over the past 20 years.

Marijuana can be smoked in many ways:

  • Rolled into joints (marijuana cigarettes)
  • Blunts (marijuana rolled into the leaf wrap of a hallowed-out cigar)
  • Use of a vaporizer
One of the dangers of smoking marijuana is the possibility that it has been laced with other, more dangerous substances such as crack, cocaine PCP or even embalming fluid. With unregulated drugs such as marijuana, the user has no way of knowing what has been added.

Doctors in Michigan approve the medical use of marijuana for treatment of chronic/debilitating medical conditions such as: cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn's Disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, severe nausea ( especially as a result of chemotherapy), and seizures.

I feel the option of medical marijuana should be available to people who have conditions where their pain can be eased and the quality of there life (especially for those who are terminally ill) can be improved or at least maintained.