Does the move to legalize weed for medical purposes count as a step towards the decriminalization of weed in general?

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I do not think that the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes is a step towards decriminalization of the drug in general. The legalization of marijuana is based strictly on medical necessity (or is supposed to be anyway). For example, marijuana has been proven effective against glaucoma because it alters the pressure within the eye. If it is used medically then I think it is fine but I do not think it is okay to use recreationally. There are too many damaging side effects. In addition, it causes curiosity. If someone likes the way this drug makes them feel then they move on to more dangerous things such as heroin or cocaine.

Marijuana has many adverse effects on the human body that are too dangerous to ignore. Marijuana effects the heart, lungs, and brain. It can also impair the bodies immune system.

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I personally doubt it, but that is obviously just a matter of opinion since there is no official way to determine whether it's a step towards a more general legalization.

In my opinion, it is not a major step because the idea of medical marijuana seems so much different to people like me who disapprove of the use of marijuana in general.  It seems to me that using a substance for medical purposes is much different from using it for fun.

So I can see a lot of people like me being okay with the idea of allowing it when prescribed by a doctor but not with the idea of just letting anyone use it because they feel like it.

So I don't think support for the one implies support for the other.

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