CTM have focused on the issue of Cannabis: should it be legal?
Is cannabis legal in your part of the world? Why or Why not?
Here in America, Cannabis remains mostly illegal under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, a federal Law because it’s deemed physically and psychologically deleterious and extremely addictive. Nevertheless, some states implemented exemptions under state laws strictly allowing cannabis use for medicinal or industrial purposes. In eight states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, and Washington) the sale and possession of cannabis is legal for both medical and recreational use. Other states such as Washington D.C. legalized cannabis for personal use but not commercial sale.
Initially, I was torn about the legalization of marijuana. Personally, I’ve never used marijuana, so my beliefs are socially ingrained. Taking a closer look, I believe marijuana has many pros and cons. Cannabis Sativa is a plant, born of nature, and highly psychotropic. Yes, it can be harmful but also has beneficial qualities. As such, I believe people should be allowed the freedom to consume whatever they desire. The use of marijuana should not be an arrestable offense. Making it illegal doesn’t stop people from using it, but puts them in harm’s way when purchased from dangerous criminals. Cannabis should be sold just like alcohol and cigarettes, through authorized dealers. Legalizing cannabis prevents third party interaction with criminals whose sole purpose is to maximize profit, and introducing people to drugs more lethal than cannabis.
Is it okay for medical use – pain relief for example or not?
Darn, right it is! There’s a misconception about medical marijuana. People aren’t getting high as they would from smoking a joint. That’s not how it works. Medicinal marijuana is administered in pill forms and doesn’t make you high. Its benefits are a reduction in pain, inflammation, and nausea. It also controls epileptic seizures, provides relief from chemotherapy, and other illnesses—Multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, mental disorders, etc. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) tested Cannabis through numerous clinical trials, finding the benefits outweigh the risks. Personally, if a family member or I were in pain, I wouldn’t think twice about its use. I’d prefer a natural substance created by Mother Nature over man-made drugs which pose numerous side effects.
As I’ve stated above, I believe individual’s contact with seedy drug dealers pushing harsher drugs for profit sways people toward something more potent. Cannabis itself doesn’t increase the desire for stronger drugs, although I do believe cannabis is addictive and can lead to increased usage.
Is this drug as bad as everyone makes out?
Every drug poses risks. Caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, even food is an addiction as we’ve seen with the astronomical increase in American’s weight. Anything ingested in excess is detrimental to one’s health. Too much caffeine and you risk anxiety, restlessness, psychosis, and withdrawal symptoms. Too much alcohol and you increase your chances of cirrhosis of the liver, stroke, heart arrhythmias, and high blood pressure. Smoking too many cigarettes increases your chances of lung disease and cancer. Food, which we need to survive, when consumed in excess calories causes obesity, diabetes, heart, disease, and other maladies. Yes, too much cannabis has potential risks as well—a drop in blood sugar which leads to weakness and temporary unconsciousness, shakiness, tremors, paranoia, psychosis.
So, is cannabis as dangerous as everyone makes it out to be? Yes and no. As with everything pleasurably addictive, too much is harmful, but in moderation, it’s harmless.
“While marijuana addiction is real, it is a rarer addiction than other (legal or illegal) substances. Statistics say that 9 percent of people (roughly one out of 10) who use marijuana become dependent on it, compared to 32 percent of tobacco users, 20 percent of cocaine users, and 15 percent of alcohol drinkers.” (Melania Pineola)
Cannabis in the United States Cannabis. Retrieved from Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_in_the_United_States
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH) (April 2017).Marijuana as Medicine. Retrieved from
Pinola, Melanie (2016). What Marijuana Actually Does to Your Brain and Body. Retrieved from http://lifehacker.com/what-marijuana-actually-does-to-your-brain-and-body-1693986467