The Blunt Truth

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The Blunt Truth Many people including myself have been told that drugs are bad and to never use them, and as a child we listen to our authority figures even though we may not understand the reason behind it. To this day, I still remember the D.A.R.E program in the fifth grade, but now that I am older, I realize that people are going to do drugs despite what laws are in place. The drug in question is marijuana. Marijuana is all around us; it is in the music we listen to, the television shows and movies we watch, and is constantly on the news. The debate to legalize marijuana in the United States has been argued since the existence of the drug and is even more prevalent today. Marijuana today has more uses than just to get “high,” it has medical and financial benefits that are commonly overlooked. Most Americans today believe that someone who smokes marijuana is a lazy, 20-year-old stoner who does not contribute to society other than buying large amounts of Doritos and Taco Bell. This statement is completely false. Marijuana can be used by anyone and has many more uses than just to get high. Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient is tetrahydro-cannabinol or THC (Griffiths). Marijuana has been used as a medicine in European colonies in North America since the 18th century (Griffiths). According to Heather M. Griffiths, “people seek out marijuana with medical problems including nausea, vomiting, weight loss, multiple sclerosis, asthma, inflammation, glaucoma, poor appetite, spasticity, chronic pain, and acute pain.” Many cancer patients who suffer from chemotherapy-induced nausea prefer to ingest marijuana through smoking or eating to control their side effects rather than standard anti-nausea drugs. Along with cancer patients, many AIDS patients lose their appetite while under treatment; patients often resort to the use of medical marijuana to regain their…...

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