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Cannabis is the most hated but yet very beneficial drug in the world. The United States has had strict laws against the use and distribution of marijuana since 1937. (The Union, Brett Harvey) Federal and state laws on medicinal marijuana are very different from each other. Cannabis has a lot of health benefits, this is the reason California was the first state to legalize it for medicinal purposes. (How weed won the west, Kevin Booth) People in America have been getting arrested for the use and possession of marijuana since it was outlawed.

Charlie Lynch was one of those people in 2008. (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) I believe medical marijuana should be a legally taxed substance in the United States. In a world that has hated marijuana since it was outlawed in 1937, the times are finally starting to change. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) Cannabis is still federally illegal and is considered a schedule 1 drug by the federal government. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) This means that marijuana has a high potential for dependency and has no accepted medical use. This means it is in the same category as LSD, PCP, and Heroin.

Cannabis compared to those other drugs is like putting an assault charge in the same class as a murder charge. The federal government believes marijuana has no use or value and is just another drug American citizen’s misuse every day. (How weed won the west, Kevin Booth) Some states have had a difference in opinion regarding the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Eighteen states have legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. (How Weed Won the West, Kevin Booth) Two of those states have legalized it for recreational use which basically means it is like tobacco or alcohol.

But just because a state has medical cannabis legalized does not mean people can just do whatever they please with the substance. There are very strict laws for the use and distribution of medical marijuana. First you have to get a business license from the state and county in that state in which you are trying to open a medical marijuana dispensary. (The Union, Brett Harvey) If you want to purchase cannabis you must be medically prescribed by a doctor in the state in which you wish to purchase the substance.

This means if you have license to purchase it in California does not mean you can go to Colorado and purchase medical marijuana. One thing people try to argue is that cannabis can treat almost anything ranging from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) to cancer. (The Union, Brett Harvey) So it is extremely easy to receive a medical license. But this is the main reason California pushed so hard for cannabis to be legalized for medicinal purposes. California was the first state to legalize cannabis in 1996.

The bill stated that the use of medicinal marijuana was allowed if a doctor or physician thought the person’s health would benefit from the use of the substance. (The Union, Brett Harvey) All the health benefits cannabis brings to the table are the reason people wanted it to become legal. Another main reason was that if legalized marijuana could be taxed by the government and pull in billions of dollars annually. (How weed won the west, Kevin Booth) Cannabis is an illegal billion dollar industry in the United States today.

If the government made it legal and taxed it they could make up the deficit that our country faces in no time at all. In Oakland, California marijuana is a taxed substance by the government. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) For every thousand dollars of cannabis sold the government gets eighteen dollar back. The government in Oakland is pulling in over a hundred million dollars a year in profit. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) This is just one city in the United States, so think about if marijuana was legal in the whole country. The debt would be gone in a matter of no time.

People in California saw this and took the charge to act on it first. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) Now there are over a thousand medical marijuana dispensaries in California. (How weed won the west, Kevin Booth) This has allowed there to be a flood of over a hundred and fifty thousand medical marijuana patients in California today. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) All these people who have a license prove that there is a profitable industry in cannabis. (How weed won the west, Kevin Booth) The money alone should be enough to legalize it but some people argue that marijuana is harmful.

When you look at the facts of cannabis use zero people have died in the United States from consuming cannabis. (The Union, Brett Harvey) Some people say cannabis kills brain cells but this theory was proven wrong in 2005 by Xia Zhang, from the University of Saskatchewan, in one of his journals of clinical investigation. (How weed won the west, Kevin Booth) Here he found that cannabis actually stimulates the brain cells more than it kills them. (how weed won the west, Kevin Booth) No bad side effects or diseases have ever been found in cannabis other than making a person tired or sleepy.

So marijuana compared to tobacco or alcohol, which is the top two killers in America, is actually quite healthy. (The Union, Brett Harvey) Medicinal cannabis should be legal because there are endless health benefits and nothing bad has ever been proven to come from this substance. One of the main reason cannabis has started to become legal in some states is because of its many health benefits. Cannabis can be used to cure diseases, illnesses, and conditions. (How weed won the west, Kevin Booth) A disease is an alteration of the mental and/or physical structure of the human body and mind.

Tumors are one of the biggest diseases that cancer can treat. It is a proven fact that cannabis slows down the growth of tumors. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) The cannabinoids slow down the facsimile which in return slows down the production of cancer cells in the body. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) Cannabis is also good for Alzheimer’s disease and for people that suffer from seizures. Chronic diseases are also treated by cannabis. (The Union, Brett Harvey) The cannabis helps people relax and feel less pain, which then allows people with chronic diseases to operate easier.

The cannabinoids in cannabis relaxes their muscles which allows them to move and talk more freely and more understandable. (How weed won the west, Kevin Booth) Illnesses can also be treated by cannabis. Illness is something that someone gets over time but it eventually goes away. (The Union, Brett Harvey) Cannabis is an excellent and healthy way to relieve pain from migraine headaches. (The Union, Brett Harvey) Migraines are often caused by nausea, flashes of light, and photosensitivity.

When cannabis is taken in to a person’s body it impacts the Autonomic Nervous system which causes that person to breathe easier and relax. (The Union, Brett Harvey) Conditions are also treatable by cannabis. Conditions are things that are not necessarily a disease but a very serious problem that must be treated. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) PMS (premenstrual syndrome), depression, OCD (compulsive disorder), and ADD (attention deficit disorder) are all conditions that cannabis can teat.

All these are easily treated by marijuana because of the cannabinoids in cannabis go into a person’s body and help it relax which in return relieves their pain. As you can see cannabis can treat a wide variety of health problems but that is not the only benefit. Marijuana was found to be a non-addictive drug. (How Weed won the west, Kevin Booth) This means that once you stop using cannabis your body does not go through withdrawals. Unlike most prescription drugs, which are very addicting, marijuana has zero deaths attributed to its use.

Prescription drugs kill over ten thousand Americans every year. (The Union, Brett Harvey) So now you can see why legalizing cannabis is so important to some people. Some people say “there are more people in treatments for being addicted to cannabis than any other drug”. (The Union, Brett Harvey) When you actually look into this you find that ninety seven percent of these people are not in treatment willingly. (A NormL Life, Rod Pitman) They have been either ordered by a judge or made by a legal guardian to attend these treatments.

This is caused by marijuana being an illegal substance. Whenever someone is caught with cannabis they are given a court date. In court the judge usually gives them an option. They can either take the charges or attend treatments and the charges will be dropped. (A NormL Life, Rob Pitman) Obviously most people chose to go to treatment so their charges will get dropped. So the DEA (drug enforcement agency) uses these statistics to their advantage to show people how many kids have a “addiction to marijuana” but in reality all tests that have been run have shown no addiction linked to cannabis what so ever.

This is why many people have chosen to open medical dispensaries in California and other states where it is legal. They see that people need the substance and they want to provide it to them in a safe and easy way. Charlie Lynch was one of those people. Charlie lived in California and he had a serious problem with migraine headaches until he was introduced to cannabis by one of his friends. After he tried it and it helped his headaches stop he started researching it more.

He found that it could cure a lot of health problems so he decided to open a dispensary up in his hometown. (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) Charlie lived in Moro County and there was not an open dispensary yet. He got all the necessary licenses he needed to open, found a building, and started his business. . (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) The mayor, town hall board members, town committee, county attorney, state attorney, and residents of Moro county were all their for the grand opening.

Everyone in Moro County praised Charlie for what he was doing to help them and their children. One family had a 17 year old son Owen who had his leg amputated because of a tumor. . (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) None of the drug prescriptions from a doctor were helping the pain go away and Owen was having trouble sleeping at night. (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) His parents looked into medical marijuana and because Charlie had opened a dispensary, right in their town. they had easy access to it. So they took Owen to get his license and they tested out cannabis.

With a shocking surprise it actually helped relieve his pain and helped him sleep at night. They praised Charlie for all he had done for them and everyone else in the town. . (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) After about a year of being open, Charlie’s dispensary was raided by the federal government, in which marijuana is still illegal, and he was arrested at his home in 2008. (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) After being arrested Charlie tried to fight in court but it was no use. He was sent to federal court and charged with five felonies.

Under federal law he was distributing cannabis illegally and distributing it to minors. (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) So the judge had no choice but to at least sentence him to some kind of jail time even if what he was doing was technically legal by state laws. On June 11, 2009 Judge George Wu sentenced Charlie to three hundred and sixty six days in federal prison and to undergo five years of mandatory observation and drug testing. (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) Judge Wu said “individuals such as Lynch are caught in the middle of the shifting of government positions”.

“Much of the problems could be solved by the reclassification of marijuana from a schedule one drug”. (Lynching Charlie Lynch, Rick Ray) This story shows an example of how dangerous it can be to distribute marijuana even in a state that has it legalized. But if people are willing to take that risk just to provide it to other people who need it does that not say anything at all. In the end it all comes down to one thing and that is making cannabis a legal substance in all states for medicinal purposes.

Not only are there endless health benefits but it is a solid source of income for the government. California started this process in 1996 by becoming the first state to legalize cannabis and seventeen other states have followed. There are already many people just like Charlie Lynch putting their lives on the line for other people just so they can receive this medicine. So just ask yourself if normal American citizens are willing to put their security, livelihoods, and families on the line to distribute this so called “horrible drug” could it really be that bad?

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