Pharmaceuticals and Legalization of Marijuana

Why is Weed looked down upon and showed in a very negative light when research shows that it can be very helpful to some medical research and attempt to cure diseases that have not yet been found to have a cure. Weed, Marijuana or Cannabis which ever name you want to use has been shown to have positive effects on helping some individuals with such thing as pain relief from illnesses such as glaucoma, cancer and HIV.

There are various arguments for why some pharmaceutical companies are against the use of marijuana for medical purposes and others are not against it. One argument from pharmaceutical business owners would be they would rather stay away from the drug, as they are still unsure on any possible side affects it could have in the long run. Another argument could be that pharmaceuticals do not want to use marijuana for medical purposes because they could see a decline in sales for prescription pills they sell. About 90% of pharmaceuticals in America are privately owned businesses so some owners are against medical marijuana because they will lose out on profits. These owners are likely to lose out on profits because if they are not given the license to sell medical marijuana some patients in states with medical marijuana available choose to go for that meaning sales in prescription pills are declining. The graph to the right shows an example of prescription pills declining in sales in states with the power to sell medical marijuana.

Research shows that marijuana can be used for a large variety of illnesses and attempt to cure them or reduce symptoms of the disease with great effect.

Bradford, A. & Bradford, D. (2016) ‘fewer pills prescribed in medical pot states’ [online photo] available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/13/one-striking-chart-shows-why-pharma-companies-are-fighting-legal-marijuana/?utm_term=.1b39173d6842 [accessed on 1st March 2017]

An example of how medical marijuana is helpful and helps reduce some illness symptoms would be the scene in the documentary “The union: the business behind getting high” which was released in 2007. In this documentary there is a part where they interview a medical marijuana user that has the condition multiple sclerosis. In the video we see the patient Greg Cooper they are interviewing showing some extreme symptoms of multiple sclerosis as he is shacking uncontrollably. In the next scene on the documentary we are shown Greg using some medical marijuana and the symptoms of his multiple sclerosis reduce drastically.

For years the public has not been told the truth about Marijuana and has been fed lies about the drug. The public have been misinformed about marijuana as this quote from Ronald Reagan is a good example, “I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-Bomb blast.” This statement from Ronald Reagan was untrue and said to be used as a scare tactic to stop people smoking marijuana. ‘Reefer Madness’ by Lawrence Meade was created with the aim to portray weed in a negative light, which it appears to have succeeded in doing so as many people have fears of the drug because of this film and other inaccurate studies. An example of a study on marijuana that had huge inaccuracies to make marijuana a feared drug was the monkey study by Dr. Robert G. Heath. In the study Dr. Heath used rhesus monkeys and exposed them to the equivalent of 30 joints a day for 90 days. The final report from Dr. Heath showed that after the 90 days the monkeys started wasting and dying. The autopsies showed that the monkeys had significant brain damage but this study was ruled in accurate as critics suggested that suffocation was the reason for the brain damage and death of the monkeys and not because of marijuana.

The legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use could be very positive, as many illnesses could be treat to a better extent than they are currently being treated. Marijuana for recreational use could also have a positive impact on economy, as the government will be able to apply taxes on the product.

Click the link below to listen to an interview with Dr. Nota a pharmaceutical business owner in America as he expresses his views on medical marijuana & pharmaceuticals and marijuana use recreationally:

https://soundcloud.com/tii-kats/interview-with-dr-nota-pharmaceuticals-and-legalization-of-marijuana

Graph sourced from:

Bradford, A. & Bradford, D. (2016) ‘fewer pills prescribed in medical pot states’ [online photo] available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/13/one-striking-chart-shows-why-pharma-companies-are-fighting-legal-marijuana/?utm_term=.1b39173d6842 [accessed on 1st March 2017]

 

Tii Katsande 

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