Why IS Marijuana Illegal Despite Its Medical Benefits?

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald October 17, 10:00 pm
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Marijuana is loaded with countless benefits, most especially in the medical field. Despite its practicality, however, it is deemed as illegal for various reason, and one of which is marijuana's capacity to trigger clinical anorexia and the said paranoia.

Medical marijuana is already legalized in various states in the U.S., while some areas even allow recreational use. Some countries also allow medical and recreational marijuana usage including Canada. Despite its legalization and benefits, it is still classified as harmful drugs.

Author and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, John Hudak told NPR that marijuana is still deemed as a dangerous drug as it can easily be abused. He traced back the history of marijuana laws and was able to discover that one of the most basic argument is the fact that adults back in the days tend to over use marijuana as they are just after the high.

"One significant argument in favor of adult use marijuana that not many people talk about is a simple one, and that is some people just like to get high," Hudak told NPR. "I think in this policy debate, oftentimes seeing marijuana as a recreational product, it is frowned upon to discuss it, but it's a reality. People enjoy it like people enjoy wine or people enjoy a good steak."

Marijuana legalization is starting to move forward. It is slowly becoming acceptable as various sectors are already taking its benefits into consideration. One of the biggest medical advancement that medical marijuana imposed is its capacity to alleviate even the worst cases of epilepsy, most especially in children.

Parent Herald previously reported that children with epilepsy are to be given access to medical marijuana by 2017 in Victoria, Australia, which is a huge medical progress. Medical marijuana is often opted by parents as it has minimal side effects once being given to younger children. Medical marijuana is often used by parents with children suffering from Dravet syndrome which a severe form of epilepsy.

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