Medical Marijuana Legalized
By Nick Dryfoos
Pennsylvania is now one of the 23 states to legalize medical marijuana. The Bill passed by a landslide, with a winning vote of 149-43. This has been a controversial topic for years and now looks like it will eventually be legalized in all 50 states. Although many were ecstatic about the newly-passed bill, there is some debate whether or not this bill should’ve been passed. Some believe that people will abuse their easy-access to the popular drug, which isn’t something too hard to believe; especially since this also is the first time an illegal drug has been legalized.
There are both pros and cons that come from this drug being legalized. It can be prescribed for a variety of conditions including AIDS, HIV, cancer, PTSD, and more. The drug stimulates hunger, which can also benefit people who need to gain weight. Many people against marijuana are under the misconception that it can kill you by frequent use, which is not the case. A total of 0 people die from marijuana overdose annually. This may actually be one of the safest prescribed drugs out there.
Although there are zero deaths per year, The American Lung Association advises to choose the alternative forms of marijuana rather than smoking it. “Smoke is harmful to lung health. Whether from burning wood, tobacco or marijuana, toxins and carcinogens are released from the combustion of materials. Smoke from marijuana combustion has been shown to contain many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco smoke” their website states. Marijuana use can be beneficial, as long as it’s used correctly.