Here's One Good Reason Why Marijuana Should Be Legal

Submitted by: lalapancakes 7 months ago in Lifestyle News & Politics Science

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With elections coming up and medical marijuana on the front line I’m reminded of the children cannabis oil helps. Kids with severe epileptic disease like Dravens Syndrome deserve a chance so it’s extra infuriating to know science has known about a chemical in marijuana which prevents seizures since the '70s, but are only just now starting to run research on it. Cannabis oil definitely reduces seizures by a lot, it’s just not understood how.

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Male 188
Because it is a schedule 1 drug no medical studies can be conducted with marijuana in the U.S. There is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence of the benefits of marijuana but without clinical studies it can't be used legally(federal) as medicine. It needs to be reclassified and studies performed.
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Male 1,055
No medical studies can be performed? What about the ones the Department of the Navy conducted back in the seventies? It would probably be hard to find any evidence of them now. There have actually been some conducted since then, but the MSM doesn't generally report on them, because pot is bad. BAD, I say! EVIL!!! At least, that's what some people believe. There have been studies that have proven that pot actually improves lung function, stops and even reverses cataracts, controls appetite, halts the spread of cancer cells, controls anxiety, and the list goes on, but you probably won't find any of this published by anyone that would be considered a "credible source". However, I do agree that there should be more studies performed, and the results TRUTHFULLY published to the public, instead of trying to convince everyone of how incredibly BAD it is.
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Male 184
I think its fairly obvious that it should not be a schedule 1 substance (and in practice it has not been). The issue looming beyond is the use of marijuana for no significant medical advantage putting in the same class as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol. I want to know more about how judgement and perception is affected for the lawyers, doctors, and truck drivers who depend on a clear mind to stay safe. (Please cite studies, I actually am interested in reading them.)
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Male 1,055
You certainly raise some good points, especially about judgement and perception. I have long held that drug testing by employers is total bullshit, due to current testing methods. It is absolutely none of my employer's business what I may do in my own home, on my time. However, I could, in theory, be fired for something that I did a week ago while I was on vacation, and not on company time. Alcohol is legal, and has many more instances on record of having been a contributing factor in wrecks, fights, and deaths than pot. Make a test for pot similar to the one for alcohol, meaning one that tells if you are intoxicated when the test is administered, and I will have absolutely no problem with "drug testing". That way, if there is a wreck, for example, that it is suspected that pot was a factor in, we could tell for sure, not blame it on pot because the driver smoked a few joints last week. Due to the way pot is tested for, it would be extremely difficult to have an accurate study about how pot affects, say, truck drivers, based on current records. All any current records would show is that the driver has smoked pot recently, with no proof that they were under the influence at the time of an incident. Having smoked pot for many years, I will say that personally, I prefer greatly not to drive while under the influence. I did so many times in my younger days, and never had a problem because of it, but I did the same with alcohol along the same time period, with similar results. I choose to believe that I was simply extremely lucky. I can definitely tell that I am impaired after smoking, and often find my mind wandering. I don't feel that I could properly keep my mind on the task at hand well enough to drive like that, so I choose not to. I have also never been one to go to school or work while high, as I don't feel that I can properly do what I should be doing. Smoking is something that I do on my time, when I can relax and chill out and enjoy the experience. Oh, and sex is absolutely awesome while high! I personally feel that pot should be legal, but regulated and tested for in a way that proves current intoxication. Also, nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the face of the planet, and isn't controlled any further than setting a minimum age to be able to purchase it.
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