marijuana

Marijuana: Persuasive Essay In California there is still more controversial
debate over the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The advantage with using
marijuana

for medical reason is, it eases the pain, and relaxes them so they can enjoy
the rest of their life. For these terminally ill patients the marijuana also
makes them happy

and enjoyable to be around. The disadvantage is that after smoking it for an
extended period of time the majority of the patients will develop lung cancer.
That is not

so bad for them considering there is no cure for their disease. My stand
point on this subject is that it is a good idea for marijuana to be used as a
medical drug for the

treatment in terminal illnesses. The state law proposition 215 which says,
that pot is legal to smoke if you are using it for medical reasons in terminally
ill cases. This

proposition was on the November ballot and was voted into effect. The federal
law that was put into effect no to long ago, states that using marijuana for any
reason

including medical reasons is illegal. This law was put into effect by the
president Bill Clintion. I feel that the law enforcers in California should
ignore the federal law or

appeal it in court. There is another drug that is illegal to use in any way
but for medical reasons. That drug is morphine, it is used in hospitals to
relieve the sever pain

of any patient. The reason I know this is that recently my mother was in the
hospital for a brain aneurysm and when she got headaches she was given morphine.
This

is just like what is going on in California, people diagnosed with AIDS and
other illnesses should be able to use strong medicines including marijuana to
ease the

suffering that they are experiencing. Especially in California where there
are more AIDS cases there than any other place in the nation. All over the state
there are

clinics that supply patients with pot for them to use to relax. Some of these
places have strict guidelines for acquiring marijuana and others do not have so
strict

guidelines. One of the clinics or clubs(as they call them) was raided and
shutdown by state narcotics agents. The club\'s name was Cannabis Buyers Club,
which has

thousands of members was the one shutdown. The patients that received their
pot there were upset. City Hall, in the first week got 150 calls asking for
help. Officials

went to the Healing Alternatives Foundation and asked for help. Matthew
Sharp, the foundation director and an AIDS patient told the mayor that he would
not help

because of the guidelines. Matthew sharp also said he "really never
liked to smoke pot." But after he was diagnosed with wasting syndrome, the
smoking helped him

to relax and it helped he over come the nausea and start eating again. That
is another way of how smoking pot has helped these patients start enjoying their
lives

more. There are more patients with stories like his and that is why I feel
that Proposition 215 should be enforce and not the federal law. I think that
California should

appeal the federal law for the health and happiness of the patients. That is
my position on this subjec

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