An argument on the legalization of marijuana as a prescription drug

Douglas Husak provides the conceptual clarity needed to work one's way through the various debates surrounding drug use and the law. History shows us that making drugs illegal creates criminal enterprises, and prohibition exacerbates the very real dangers of impurity, violenceand poverty.

At the same time, other pleasure-producing drugs, such as tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine, though legally regulated for the purposes of consumer safety and under-age consumption, can be purchased over the counter.

In particular, favoring drug legalization does not imply approval of drug use. De Marneffe centers his argument on heroin. With this logic we may as well make all prescriptions illegal.

Marijuana Legalization Impeding Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse: Botticelli

There is no doubt that drugs can be dangerous, but that is not a valid reason to make them illegal. Michael Abbott October 14, at 4: Vaporizer — Premium herbal vaporizers at very low prices.

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The body also produces its own cannabinoid chemicals.

Drug liberalization

The benefits of marijuana can be received through injection, food, or in a pill form—eliminating the concern of inhaling harmful smoke. Legalize Cannabis — Sites for and against marijuana.

After considering four standard justifications for punishing drug users Husak concludes that "the arguments for criminalization are not sufficiently persuasive to justify the infliction of punishment. Legal or not, people will continue to use drugs.

To advocate the legalization of drugs calls for a legal system in which the production and sale of drugs are not criminal offenses. However, as noted by ACOG, studies have suggested the use of marijuana with tobacco may increase the risk for preterm delivery.

Legalize marijuana and reduce health care costs by reducing the probability of overdoses and accidental ingestion of an unintended drug through standardization of drug purity by state-sponsored production and sale.

The Lesser of Two Evils: The Argument for Medical Marijuana Use in Children

Put simply, incarceration is such a harsh penalty that drug use, generally harmless to others and less harmful to the user than commonly supposed, fails to justify it. How might cannabinoids be useful as medicine?

Various proponents of drug liberalization wish to repeal these laws for reasons ranging from individual rights -based defenses of libertyto consequentialist arguments against the economic and social outcomes of drug prohibition. The evidence is overwhelming that medical marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer and AIDS.

Position Statements and Resolutions Published: I am aware there is a correlation between the use of one of those drugs and the use of all the others, but then we all know correlation is not causation.

Continued research may lead to more medications. In the review, eight of the 12 studies indicated an increased risk of lung cancer from cannabis use or cases indicating lung cancer occurrence.

These numbers could rise as more states continue to legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. In fact, a growing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical use. These rules may be changing under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Alcohol alone is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States, yet you never hear anyone argue that we should outlaw pain killers or alcohol.

As a public health measure, statistics show that prohibition was a tremendous success. Drug Interactions With Marijuana Combining marijuana with other CNS depressant drugs that also cause drowsiness or sedation such as alcohol, barbiturates, sedating antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, opiate pain killers, etc can magnify the drowsiness.

ACOG recommends that marijuana use be discontinued during breastfeeding. Drug users exercise free will when they chose to use drugs; a person has the right to give up his or her own freedom.

The cannabinoids in marijuana THC, cannabidiol can affect liver enzymes and may alter the blood levels and effects of medications.

Marijuana as Medicine

There have been no reports of THC overdose leading to death. Patients can have a lengthy withdrawal and symptoms that can continue for months after stopping marijuana use. Withdrawal symptoms usually begin about a day after the person stops using marijuana, peaks in 2 to 3 days and may take about 1 to 2 weeks to subside.

While studies have consistently shown that drug use is distributed relatively evenly across racial demographics, the vast majority of people in jail for drug-related offenses are people of color.

Reviewed by William Hawk, James Madison University In the United States the production, distribution and use of marijuana, heroin, and cocaine are crimes subjecting the offender to imprisonment.

Rather, the best way to prevent youth drug abuse is through science-based educationand smart restrictions on access and advertising.Concern: Marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to increased usage of cocaine and heroin and drug dependence. Argument: Again, this is a behavior that can be controlled and prevented.

The continued use of prescription drugs with multiple and dangerous side effects too often cannot be contained.

Arguments for and against drug prohibition

Marijuana (cannabis) is a green, brown or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. Marijuana is used as a psychoactive (i.e. mind altering) recreational drug, for certain medical ailments and for religious and spiritual purposes.

From a blanket prohibition suppressing all use, to permitting certain amounts for personal use, the legalization of marijuana fights different fights in different countries. However arguments FOR and AGAINST the legalization of marijuana remain the same. The Roots of Marijuana Law in the US The Marijuana Tax Act was introduced in The Legalization of Drugs, appearing in the series "For and Against" edited by R.

G. Frey for Cambridge University Press, raises the seldom-asked philosophical question of the justification, if any, of imprisoning persons for drug offenses. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews is an electronic, The Legalization of Drugs: For & Against.

Published: August 09, Peter de Marneffe offers an argument against drug legalization. The argument itself is simple. Legalize marijuana and reduce health care costs by reducing the probability of overdoses and accidental ingestion of an unintended drug through standardization of drug purity by state-sponsored production and sale.

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