I am trying to construct a well written thesis statement for my continuity project in sociology.
In my opinion, i feel that our government & the major pharmaceutical companies have too much control and is preventing this from happening.
Also, doctors prescribe and promote drugs to patients that suffer from illnesses but having harsh side effects and many occasions do not relieve the pain for the patients....but marijuana does!!!
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I agree that most of the reasons for opposition to medical marijuana are fundamentally social, related more to taboos against the drug than medical evidence. There is no doubt that smoking marijuana carries certain health risks, but, as you indicate, so do many other drugs that are regularly prescribed. It is very strange, and unfortunate for people that could benefit from using it in controlled circumstances.
I do not really think that the drug companies are the ones who are to blame. Instead, I believe that there simply is not the support among the general populace for medical marijuana. There are many people who are genuinely concerned about medical marijuana being used fraudulently by people who just want to get high. There is also a definite societal bias against marijuana (as opposed to, say, alcohol). Therefore, I would argue that it is public opinion that allows the government to continue to impede the use of medical marijuana.
Many people are concerned that legalizing marijuana, even for medical purposes, will promote the use of harder drugs. I am skeptical of this argument, but I did see a report recently indicating that one place in California dispensing marijuana for medical purposes was being quite lax in its standards. Reports such as this help explain the concerns that some people have.
Maybe if there were a Marijuana Lobby as powerful as the Pharmaceutical Lobby, things would be different...
We can talk about the medical marijuana issue as a social one, or as a commercial one. It is both, in the end, but due to the taboos on the subject, however minor they are becoming, it is still hard to have an honest, uninhibited discussion on what to do with this particular controlled substance.
The social issues associated with marijuana derive from the laws that have been in place, which should never have been passed in the first place. Simply by making it illegal, its use is stigmatized, as was alcohol in the 1920's (although people still drank then and smoke now.) If the laws forbidding marijuana were gone, eventually so would the taboos, just like when Prohibition was repealed.
For forever and a day, the concern about marijuana has always been the idea that it leads to more serious drug use. A counter-argument points out that alcohol is legal and more apt to cause someone to cause damage to self and/or others, while marijuana only makes people hungry. I have heard these arguments for a long time.
Interestingly, legalizing it would knock pot dealers on their butts if people could get it legally. Personally, I would be more concerned about hard drugs that destroy people's brains and their lives. Addiction is a terrible thing. And I am not certain if it's true that marijuana leads to the use of harder drugs.
Who is to say it will always be illegal? Prilosec and Allegra (for instance) used to be available only with a prescription; now they are available over the counter. Perhaps the benefits of legalizing marijuana have not yet been exposed. In time, things may change. However, putting any kind of drug (even cough syrups with codeine, years ago) in the hands of the young can have long-reaching effects. It is unfortunate the marijuana seems such a concern in the hands of young people when violence on the streets, and a string of abusive behaviors are visited upon our young everyday. The world is not a safe place for kids. However, if the government controls the substance to protect kids, I'll support that. If it is necessary to improve the quality of life for sick people, I'm for that. Having witnessed an older friend die of bone cancer recently, I thank God for prescription drugs like morphine which are made available to those who need them.
Give it time. Further research may be needed, and then the government and doctors may see it in a different light.
There is another important consideration. Many religious people are decidedly conservative in these types of issues. For this reason, there is a very strong public opinion in American against the legalizing of marijuana. Think of how powerful the religious right in when it comes to elections. In addition to this, it is real possibility that the relaxing of this law may open up other questions, that is the legalization of harder drugs.
Is there not evidence to suggest that intensive marijuana use might lead to mental illness such as depression or even schizophrenia? I am not an expert in this area, but you might like to research this. There does seem to be some evidence, albeit limited, to suggest that marijuana does have side effects or negative impact on those that smoke it.
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