Legalize Medical Marijuana

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Although many states have already legalized medical marijuana, it is not legal on a national level due to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The CSA is a system that puts drugs into different schedules. Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug alongside Heroin and LSD. When a drug is listed as Schedule I, it means that the drug has a high potential for abuse, there is no accepted medical use in the U.S., and there is a lack of accepted safety for the use of the substance under medical supervision. We believe that medical marijuana should be listed as a Schedule III drug. This would mean it has the potential for abuse, has accepted medical use, and the abuse of the drug may possibly lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence. This would put marijuana on the same level as Vicodin. It does not make sense to have Marijuana on a more extreme level than one of the most abused drugs in America. Even Xanax is in Schedule IV, which is below Vicodin. Vicodin and Xanax have high addictive qualities, unlike Marijuana.

Medical Marijuana can help many people with many different conditions. Some citizens aren't able to obtain it in their state because of the fact that it isn't legal, leading them to retrieve it in illegal ways. Also, if medical Marijuana was taxed the way that alcohol and cigarettes are, this could potentially save the country up to $13.7 billion annually according to studies by multiple economists.



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