Medical marijuana provides unnecessary opportunity for abuse
Recently, there have been supporters for medicinal marijuana use in Arkansas in the upper concourse of the Donaghey Student Center; when a student walks by, they give their speech about how marijuana is supposedly good for people, and ask for signatures and support.
They aren’t getting my signature or my support anytime soon.
According to arkansasmedicalmarijuana.net, using marijuana has health benefits that include relieving migraines, soothing depression, making PMS easier to handle, treat glaucoma and help with ADD and ADHD. But what they don’t say is that most of those, if not all, can be easily treated with over-the-counter medicines and prescribed medicine. For migraines, that’s why we have Excedrin and Tylenol. PMS is a little bit trickier, but isn’t impossible to diminish without marijuana. Certain birth control medications have been known to reduce PMS related symptoms, according to a sciencedaily.com article.
It is redundant to attempt to treat depression with medicinal marijuana because you still have to go to a doctor to get a prescription, so instead of getting a prescription for weed, you can get anti-depressants and hopefully have a regular visit to a therapist.
Marijuana is also very addictive. Granted, I understand that legal items such as alcohol and for some people, even food, can be an addiction. But, if an addiction can be prevented by not legalizing it, why legalize it? I don’t see how marijuana can benefit anyone’s health; I just see it as a way for people to get high. My question is what’s next? After they legalize medicinal marijuana, the supporters are going to most likely start pushing for it to be a legal substance, and then what? Is medicinal cocaine going to be pushed?
I can’t imagine marijuana being able to benefit people, only hinder their lives. During a study, Dr. Jake Henningfield of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, drugs were listed in order of how addictive they are. Marijuana and caffeine were both number five on this list. While two other doctors in the study placed Marijuana at number six, according to medicalmarijuanaprocon.org.
The point I am getting at is marijuana is unnecessary, and I don’t think it does anything positive. It is just a fad and people think it’s cool to use it.