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Medical Marijuana

            There are many diseases in which the "victim" may experience symptoms that can be treated by smoking marijuana. AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and chron's disease are only a few of the many diseases that can be helped through the use of marijuana. People consider marijuana to be a dangerous drug and are unaware of many medical uses. Because marijuana is stereotyped as a dangerous drug, a bad feeling about the drug is common. There are many groups and even magazines dedicated to trying to get marijuana legalized, such as High Times Magazine, the Cannabis Coalition and the National Organization for the reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Others just don't want to admit that the drug should be used for any reason at all because they feel that it is harmful. A lot of people however, disagree and feel that marijuana should never be legalized, but what about for medical uses? The medical use of marijuana should be legal for people who suffer from a serious disease, and can be helped by the use of the drug.
             Marijuana, a.k.a. pot, weed, cannabis, (the list goes on), is one of the most popular drugs being used throughout the country. Marijuana is not the cure to any disease, not by any means, but it does help ease the pain of those who suffer. One such disease is chron's. This is an incurable, and painful inflammation of the digestive tract that can have life-threatening complications. A good example of this is in the case of Cheryl Johnson. Cheryl is the mother of Simon Johnson, who has chron's disease. Simon is left with nausea and vomiting from the disease and the medicine that he was put on to control it. The vomiting was so severe that every morning on his way to school he would have to have his mother pull the car to the side of the road so that he could throw up. He often would miss months of school at a time because he was immensely sick. That was before he found marijuana. He now lives a relatively normal life.

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