10 Facts That Show Why Medical Marijuana Should Be Legal
The cannabis industry continues to grow at unexpectedly fast rates. Medical marijuana, introduced to the country by California in the mid-90s, has slowly swept across the entire country and even to many parts of the world. The plant has been known to help with a variety of ailments. The plant has proven time and time again that it can help people suffering from a variety of illnesses. Despite this, many governments around the world still reached the access to medical marijuana. With that in mind, we put together a list of the top 10 reasons and facts as to why medical marijuana should be legal.
Top 10 reasons why medical marijuana should be legal
1. Medicinal Applications of Marijuana
The many different applications of medical marijuana are simply astounding. We have covered the topic of medical marijuana applications in-depth before but it simply cannot be understated. The plant has been known to help with general medical problems such as chronic pain, nausea, and sleep aid. Some of the more common ailments which are treated with medical marijuana include crohn’s disease and glaucoma, with dozens of other ailments which can benefit from cannabis consumption. Yet, there is still much research to be completed to fully understand the potential of medical marijuana. Through this, we are learning more about how the plant can treat ailments such as PTSD or anxiety. Since research into the plant has not been abundant, in the coming years we should expect to see more ailments treated with medical marijuana.
2. Many Successful Examples
There are nearly three dozen states which have implemented medical marijuana across the United States. The first state, as noted above, was California with the implementation of their 1996 ballot initiative Prop 215. Since then, the concept of medical marijuana has bloomed across the country with over three dozens states implementing legalized medical marijuana. These programs have generated states tens of millions of dollars in extra revenue, helped reduce the number of criminals in the system, and reduced the dependency of the state’s population on pharmaceuticals. All and all, there are many statistics which support the success of medical marijuana programs initiated by states. Furthermore, it must be working if so many states have jumped on board with their own programs in the last couple decades.
3. Supported by Many Doctors
The world of medicine has been slower than other sectors to support medical marijuana. Perhaps a good thing, the slow adoption by the medical community suggests doctors want scientific data to support medical marijuana. Luckily, that data has arrived by 2018. Doctors have, for the most part, come around to the positive effects of medical marijuana. Even famous doctors such as Dr. Sanjay Gupta has come out to change his view in favor of medical marijuana. As legalization of medical marijuana brings about more medical studies to show the benefits of cannabis for patients suffering from a variety of ailments, we should see more doctors get on board with the cause.
4. Patient’s Rights
The bottom line is we should not be arresting non-violent patients who are trying to access their medication. It should be seen as a horrible crime to arrest someone who is trying to find relieve from cancer or live a healthy life while having glaucoma. A patient should have a right to the medicine of their choice, especially with regards to a substance such a marijuana which is non-toxic and nearly non-addictive. This notion of patient’s rights may be a slippery slope but it should at least include cannabis consumption as an option considering the non-lethal nature of cannabis and its medicinal effects. All and all, many states seem to agree with this notion thus over ⅔ of the United States have medical marijuana programs in place today, despite federal prohibition of cannabis.
5. Less Side Effects
The number of patients in the world who are taking pharmaceuticals with harsh side-effects simply is too high. Many ailments such as pain relief, reducing nausea, or the dozens of other benefits patients find with medical marijuana can help patients stop taking their more dangerous pharmaceuticals. Furthemore, if you have ever lived in America you’ve seen one of the medical pharmaceutical ads which end with a long and fast list of the side effects. This can be avoided for many patients with a replacement plan of medical marijuana consumption. Finally, we have seen the horrible effects of the opioid epidemic. This reason alone should be pushing our government representatives to legalize medical marijuana and start saving lives affected by the opioid epidemic.
6. Less Expensive for Patients
The cost of healthcare and pharmaceuticals which help patients deal with their ailments can be insanely expensive. Sometimes, these costs can be as high as thousands per month for patients suffering from life threatening illnesses. This concept of saving patients money may not benefit the big pharmaceutical companies which produce these products but it will help patients. A patient should have a right to grow their own medicine at home for an exponentially less amount of money compared to pharmaceutical alternatives. While it may take a green thumb to grow the cannabis plant, it certainly does not take as much green paper! In all seriousness, the issue should be framed as a patient’s right issue. With patient’s rights in mind, there simply is no reason to keep medical marijuana in the restricted state that it is.
7. Tax Revenue
The states which have implemented medical marijuana have seen a great bump in their tax revenue. These medical marijuana programs across the country have generated states millions of dolllars in extra tax revenue. Large states such as California have been projected to bring in anywhere from $60 to $100 million dollars from their medical marijuana program. Other smaller states, such as Maine, are expected to bring in nearly half a million dollars for the state. Furthermore, the state of Colorado which is just above average in terms of number of people living there, estimates medical marijuana to bring in $5 million. This money can be used to help with other drug addictions, educational efforts, and other budget shortages states see on a regular basis.
8. Prohibition is immoral
There can be an extremely powerful argument made to suggest that prohibition of a medicine is immoral, even if that medicine is medical marijuana. Further, the arrest non-violent drug offenders can be a baseline for many across the country to agree we should legalize medical marijuana. Taking that a step further in a conservative direction, the basis of government is to protect the citizen’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If a patient suffering from an ailment wants to use a non-toxic substance such as marijuana to find relieve and enjoy their life more, it should be their choice! This is not the case currently at the federal level but it is nice to see over three dozen states which have stepped up to legalize medical marijuana.
9. Freedom of Choice
Heading towards the end of the list, we believe patients have a right to freedom of choice with regards to their medicine. While this must be taken with a small grain of salt since some medications are more dangerous to patients and society as a whole. Nonetheless, cannabis is non-toxic and the societal dangers the plant presents are slim. We would argue, if any negative effects of cannabis exist they are caused by the prohibition of the plant more than the use of the plant. When the most dangerous thing about a substance is the legality of it, we have a big problem. While the freedom of choice with regards to medicine certainly is not protected by the U.S. constitution, it should be something we consider more readily as we move further into the 21st century. The rights of people surely should be updated as the digital world takes over. With that in mind, we believe a patient should have a right to choose a less toxic and less addictive alternative for their medication, something cannabis can provide for millions of people fighting diseases across the world.
10. Historically Correct
Doctors have used cannabis as a medicine for a long time prior to the plant becoming illegal. In nearly every doctor’s bag in the early 1900’s you would find some form of cannabis to be used for a variety of ailments. There are even reports of ancient civilizations using the plant to help with their ailments before the creation of modern medicine. With this in mind, history is usually correct and should be used as a guideline to a proper way of living. While this is not absolute, it certainly is a good rule of thumb to follow.
All and all the facts really do support the case for medicinal applications of marijuana. With that mind, we’d love to hear if you had any other pros to me medicinal effects of cannabis. Many of the evidence we have today is based upon the comments of users who have found relief. We encourage you to leave a comment below about your experience with medical marijuana.