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Legalization of Marijuana

Critical Thinking and Innovation

Kristi Beckley

on 25 August 2015

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Created by: Kristi Beckley, Sarah Fraser, Samantha McKillop, Jenna Cullum, and Sara Meanzies Legalization of Marijuana Key Points Marijuana What are the uses? Benefits Any questions? 1.What is it?
2. Current Uses and Benefits
3. Opposing arguments
4. Legalization: What does it mean?
5. Article Review
6.Statistics/Did You Know?
7. Questions What Is It? Currently, marijuana is used for medical purposes and recreational use. Our economy could benefit through taxing Marijuana
Marijuana legalization laws would minimize the flow of money to criminal gangs that would bring billions of dollars for productive economic development
If it were a regulated and legal market, marijuana sales and use among teenagers could be reduced. Marijuana is a drug from the Hemp plant known as Cannabis Sativa. The active ingredient is THC. This is what alters your brain by causing the release of dopamine, which can produce a feeling of a more relaxed state and even heighten senses.

Marijuana can be smoked or consumed in tea or eaten in food. Statistics Did you know?... When did marijuana prohibition begin?
Why is marijuana considered a "schedule 1 drug and is that a fair assesment of the drug by the federal government? Answers 1. The usual dating of the federal ban in 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, although 29 states had already prohibited by 1931. California was among the first movers, banning marijuana in 1913,

2. If someone runs the clinical trials to show that some version of marijuana is "safe and effective" for some condition in some group of patients, that product can move to Schedule II or Schedule III, as happened with pure THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of marijuana, marketed as Marinol. Opposing Arguments Legalization:
What does it mean? If marijuana were legal, it should be taxed and regulated. This would mean it would be taxed like any other produce, making billions of dollars for our economy. As well as being regulated like beer and tobacco but it should have more restrictions seeing as it is somewhat of a new concept. Where? Marijuana is not fully legal anywhere because there are restrictions. California and areas of the U.S. have legalized the use of marijuana for medial purposes but there are restrictions such as the amount you can have or number of plants you may grow. Other states and many more areas around the world are in the processes of at least decriminalizing marijuana. It's use is currently illegal in the Netherlands but is considered a "soft" drug. Therefore people are not prosecuted for having small amounts on them, even in coffee shops. One interesting fact is that the following organizations that are opposed to legalization of marijuana, all seem to benefit by making profit from it being illegal. 1.Police Unions:

2. Private Prisons Corporations:

3. Alcohol and Beer Companies:

4. Pharmaceutical Corporations: Marijuana is known to be a "gateway drug" which means it may lead to the use of other, more harmful and addictive drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Studies show that this is not the case for everybody but it is a possibility. Other concerns are impaired driving and young children having access to the drug. The main physical damage is lung damage from first and second-hand smoke. Is this not the case with alcohol and cigarettes as well? It is the responsibility of each individual to use the drug for health, not recreational use responsibly, with caution.

Benefits and risks are likely overstated by advocates and opponents of legalization
Making it legal does not mean that it's negative effects are any less dangerous
Legalization might have the benefit of fueling the research needed to settle these debates Article Review Medical Marijuana is prescribed to a wide rage of patients as young as 6 years and up for almost everything from migraines to cancer and HIV patients. Keep in mind marijuana can be consumed in food or liquid forms for medical use. What is Dopamine? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that sends information from one part of your brain to another. It is known to increase motivation as well as pleasure and reward-seeking behaviours. In a synthesized form, dopamine is used as a pharmaceutical drug to treat emergency cardiac arrest, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Disease. Natural causes of dopamine release: Certain foods such as; dairy, almonds, and bananas
Lack of sleep Health Benefits
Multiple Sclerosis Spinal Cord Injury/disease Cancer HIV/Aids Severe Arthritis Epilepsy ADD/ADHD Eating Disorder Arthritis Auto Accident(s) Alzheimer's Disease Brain Injury Chronic Pain Chronic Nausea Colitis Crohn's Disease Kidney Failure/Dialysis Fibromyalgia Head Injury Irritable Bowel Syndrome Migraines Muscular Dystrophy Muscle Spasms Nausea Parkinson's Disease Sleep Disorders Anxiety Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Hepatitis C Gastrointestinal Problems Back & Neck Problems The following is a list of diagnosis or symptoms people can apply to get Medical Marijuana for. Retrieved from: http://medicalmarijuana.ca/for-patients/apply-medical-marijuana 65% of Canadians are in favour of decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana Approximately 60% of Americans believe Marijuana should not only be decriminalized, but it should be legal Marijuana could replace expensive medicine. Everything from Advil to Vicodin. “They crack down on marijuana because they get federal drug war grants" "They make millions for incarcerating people on drug crimes, especially marijuana." "Alcohol and tobacco companies fear their profits would instead go toward marijuana." Overall, Marijuana has a lot of positive uses as a natural remedy/cure but it is not the only option. There are many other natural cures for just about anything you can think of but the government and companies would not make as much money if there were no health problems. Cancer- marijuana slows down the growth of tumors in the lungs, breasts and brain considerably.
Multiple Sclerosis- Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease.
Tourette’s and OCD- marijuana’s effects slow down the tics in those suffering from Tourette’s, and the obsessive neurological symptoms in people with OCD.
Alzheimer’s- the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease. If marijuana were taxed and regulated, studies show we would save $7.7 billion per year on prohibition enforcement If marijuana were taxed like most consumer goods, it would produce tax revenues of at least $2.4 billion annually ... If it were taxed similar to alcohol or tobacco, it would produce up to $6.2 billion annually.
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