Today’s debate was on whether Marijuna should be legalised for medical purposes. It was very interesting as there was many different factors affecting the decision such as health benefits/ risks, political and financial impacts as well as opinions with personal experiences.
- Medical Marijuana is a natural, less expensive drug which has proven to ease the pain of those suffering from many terminal illness.
- It’s a naturally occurring substance so it appeals to those who oppose more chemical based medicines – Marijuana is less toxic than many common drugs physicians prescribe every day.
- Scientific and medical texts going back thousands of years point to medicinal properties for Marijuana.
- Marijuana has proven medical uses beyond pain relief and relaxation, including treatment of glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and treating the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatment.
- As long as Marijuana remains illegal, profits from sales go to criminals and drug cartels, and people will continue to be punished for using a substance less harmful than currently legal drugs.
- If medical marijuana were legalized, governments would be able to ensure that patients are receiving safe, high-quality cannabis and would not have to risk the potential dangers of finding it on the street.
- Prescription drugs kill about 100,000 people in the world each year. A professor at Harvard Medical School has said that there’s never been a single death attributed to Marijuana., either medicinally or recreationally.
- It has been discovered that Marijuana can prevent an enzyme from accelerating the formation of ‘Alzheimer’s plaques’ in the brain, and therefore reduce the chance of developing Alzheimer’s.
- Cannabis seeds are also found to be rich in protein and essential fatty acids, including linoleic and omega-3, which play a major role in promoting health.