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Current Events, Ethical Dilemma
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Current Events, Ethical Dilemma
Legalization of medical marijuana was passed by Arizona voters on November 2, 2010. Arizona became the 15th state in the United States where marijuana can be obtained by patients with debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, Aids, and multiple sclerosis. The Arizona Department of Health Services plans to issue about 125 certificates to people who are interested in running medical-marijuana dispensaries. Legalization of the herb is a starting point for getting the medicinal help to the ones in need but there are also numerous issues.
There is evidence that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS. Several recent studies, including the one from the Scripps Research Institute, shows that TCH, the chemical in marijuana responsible for the high, can help slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. (In fact, it seems to block the formation of disease-causing plaques better than several mainstream drugs.) Other studies have shown THC to be very effective antinausea treatment for people for whom conventional medications aren’t working. Medical cannabis has also shown promise relieving pain in patients with multiple sclerosis and reducing intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients. Marijuana has also been known to help with such diseases as seizures, migraines, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), ADHD and helps minimize symptoms of crohn’s disease as it stops nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. There is evidence, however, that frequent marijuana use can seriously affect a person’s short term memory, impair their cognitive ability, and lead to long-lasting depression or anxiety. While many people smoke marijuana to relax, it can have the opposite…...

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