Medical Marijuana Essay

There Megan lied, shaking in spasm, body aching in pain and to top it off unable to see. She had been suffering from a disability named Cerebral Palsy (CP) as well as beeping legally blind since birth. Sadly, for her disability, there is no cure, just harsh painkillers prescribed to cope with the pain. To make it even worse, in the state she lives in, Rhode Island, the natural medicine she needs is illegal for purchase. All of the country, thousands of people are suffering from life threatening diseases and unable to legal obtain their miracle medication, Marijuana.

Meanwhile in California, in previous months Matt was in the same situation, but now Matt is living a better quality of life all because of marijuana. In spite of the controversies, opening medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island will help patients suffering from cerebral palsy and other disabilities be able to safely take medication without fearing addiction or suffering from side effects, decrease the amount of money spent on prescription medication and most of all greatly impact the symptoms for the better. Cerebral Palsy is a very troubling disability. It is a brain injury that usually occurs at birth.

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There are three different kinds of Cerebral Palsy, spastic, athetoid, and ataxic. All of the types have something to do with coordination, muscle control and fine motor skills. There are worse cases than others that effect important functions and everyday tasks such as breathing, eating and learning. Cerebral Palsy is an incurable disability and doesn’t get better or worse. “Cerebral palsy is one of the most common congenital (existing before birth or at birth) disorders of childhood. About 500,000 children and adults of all ages in the United States have the condition” (“Cerebral Palsy” 1).

Because it is incurable and so many people have it, there are many medicines to cope with the pain and spasms. Although, most of them are narcotics and have horrible side effects. These drugs help some patients, but others seek a natural and safer alternative, Cannabis. Not only do some of these prescribed medications have detrimental side effects, they also are extremely addictive and lead to many deaths. “In 2008, the most recent year for which there are statistics, there were 20,044 overdose deaths from prescription drugs. Of those, 14,800 were from narcotic painkillers” (Roberts 1).

What makes Cannabis so much safer is the fact that its nearly impossible to overdose. In fact, there are 0 recorded deaths in US history by from marijuana (Stevens 1). Another common misconception about marijuana is that marijuana is a gateway drug and will lead users into stronger and more dangerous drugs such as heroin. The theory was laid to rest in a study conducted in 2006. “More than 100 million Americans have tried marijuana; 14. 4 million Americans are estimated to be “past-month” users. Yet there are only an estimated 2,075,000 “past-month” users of cocaine and 153,000 “past-month” users of heroin” (Morgan 1).

The study clearly proves that there is a huge difference is “past month” marijuana users and “past month” cocaine and heroin users. Another advantage for medical marijuana patients is the dramatically decrease in cost for medication. A Consumer Report states that in 2007, “Prices for prescription drugs are skyrocketing. In 2007, Americans spent $287 billion on prescription drugs, about five times as much as in 1993, according to Consumer Reports” (Cohen 1). While on the other hand in Megan’s case, her and her family might be spending hundreds of dollars a month on prescription drugs that they don’t really need.