Dexter C. New York

Legalize Medical Cannabis

Marijuana is both dangerous and helpful. it can soothe pain, help people fall asleep, and increase appetite. Decriminalize cannabis for those who need it.

Dear Future President,

A substance known as cannabis, is becoming legal in some states such as California. People who use cannabis for medical practices usually try to subdue their pain. Medicinal users use cannabis to help them sustain their pain during moments of stress, or diseases. Although it has many medical purposes, using cannabis can cause drowsiness. This could cause accidents when driving. An example is the commercial that says “drive high, get a DUI.”

One of the many uses of cannabis include medical cures.. It contains chemical THC which is tetrahydrocannabinol. “This chemical affects a person's memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and sensory and time perception,” says Alina Bradford, Live Science Contributor. This shows that the outcomes of usage of weed is not all that bad. Many people use the drug to soothe their pain. “Over 94 million people in the US have admitted using it at least once,” an international statistics says. This shows that people know the risk & and how to use cannabis. Although many people know the affects of cannabis, many people abuse this substance. A survey showed that 1,246,170 people have used medical cannabis in states that have decriminalized cannabis, (survey taken by ProCon.Org). My grandaunt has terminal cancer, she used cannabis to make the pain go away for a while. One time, she was in Florida with a torn achilles. Florida didn’t allow my grand aunt to take her medicine due to unclear prescriptions by the doctor. My grand aunt was screaming in the middle of the night due to the excruciating pain. My dreams were filled with scares, and screams. From that day on we kept her in California. Please consider making this legal for those who need it. It may seem chaotic with the smell everywhere, but I believe that everyone should have a option to subdue their pain, and live their life to the fullest. Thank you for reading my letter, and have a good day!

From a young curious student,

Dexter C.


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