Advantages of Legalizing the Marijuana 2020 Scholarship Holder – Omaha Criminal Protection Lawyer

Olivia Oviedo is our 2020 scholarship holder. Olivia is from Tucson and is in her sophomore year at Northern Arizona University. She is a psychology student with a minor in health.

Your future career goals are to work in a service role in the medical field. Some options include physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Below is a copy of her essay:

Marijuana is a controversial topic that is gaining more support, at least for medical purposes. Currently, the FDA has approved three drugs that contain THC.

The two main cannabinoids useful in medicine are THC and CBD. However, there are other cannabinoids that are found to be helpful in medical treatment. To date, 33 states recognize medical marijuana as a legal practice and 15 states have decriminalized (not legalized) marijuana.

New state laws have actually opened the doors to give researchers more opportunities to study the medicinal uses of marijuana and understand its effects on the body.

There are numerous benefits to legalizing marijuana (especially medical marijuana) as it treats many chronic diseases and related symptoms. Medical marijuana has been shown to be most beneficial for ADHD, AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, depression, epilepsy, insomnia, glaucoma, and PTSD.

Additionally, states that tax and regulate marijuana like Colorado and Washington have already generated millions of dollars in health care, education, and other public investments. Marijuana use, when legalized and used for pain in patients, shows a correlation with decreased opioid prescription.

The claim of no medicinal value applies primarily to smoked marijuana. And in alternative medicine, especially in the use of cannabis in the form of hemp, for some time before 500 B.C. Practiced. Ancient Chinese medicine used hemp as an herbal medicine in Central Asia.

In a recent study by PlosOne, they found no predictive correlation between medical marijuana and higher crime rates. In fact, robbery and burglary rates decreased, countering opponents alleging alleged pharmacies, leading to further victimization. The Journal of Law and Economics conducted a study into the investigation of road deaths and found that road deaths actually decreased.

The controversial questions surrounding medical marijuana stem primarily from the question of the therapeutic properties that claim a medicinal purpose, as well as the general health effects of marijuana. Although medical marijuana is a herbal medicine from the environment, of course does not mean safe. When states legalize marijuana, even for medical purposes, the perception is that the drug is safe and is normalizing. It also offers more access.

Marijuana can have short-term effects on cognitive impairment, short-term memory loss, coordination, and increased heart rate. Apathy, loss of productivity, addictions, deterioration in intellectual function, car accidents and psychosis are among the negative consequences. Since marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 controlled substance, opponents state that it has no medicinal use, has a high rate of addition, and has a high potential for substance abuse.

Marijuana has contributed to a high percentage of accidents in motor vehicles and in the workplace. Medical marijuana is viewed only as an unorthodox treatment and there is a lack of scientific research. Opponents believe the risk outweighs potential benefits and that medical advocates are making a leap that medical marijuana can aid in treatment.

Attitudes have changed significantly in recent years. Lots of people can campaign for medical marijuana legalization and see some health benefits. Studies reveal its therapeutic properties and research continues to show support in its effects, confidence in its use, and a great alternative to pain and prescription drug use.

However, more research is clearly needed as only 6% of studies actually analyze the medicinal properties of marijuana. Currently, it is estimated that over 85% of Americans support at least medical marijuana legalization.

Tom Petersen

Petersen was invited to join the National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD) organization in 2013. NAFDD reviews thousands of lawyers and only selects those who have had excellent results in DUI defense cases. Attorney Petersen was named one of the Top 50 Nebraska Defense Lawyers by more than 5,000.

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