Medical Marijuana Argument Missing Facts

There are currently 8 states in this country that have medical marijuana laws that allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients for it's effects of increased appetite or reduced pain. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled last week that the government is not allowed to revoke prescriptions licenses of doctors who recommend marijuana to patients, citing it's a First Amendment right. The ruling is the first in history, yet not all the facts about marijuana were disclosed. Pot, like any other drug, has more than just it's immediate effects and the downside to the drug largely overshadows any supposed value it may have.
Marijuana advocacy groups have been in existence for decades. Such misinformed groups have held numerous rallies and demonstrations and even have multi-million dollar lobbying campaigns working on the federal government. These groups may or may not have had an impact on last week's ruling in San Francisco. While many people feel that marijuana is not as dangerous as other drugs, most people know and understand that pot dulls a person's senses and causes lethargy.
The issue of whether or not to fully legalize marijuana is, by all means, not a small one. Research has been done to present the "pros" and cons of smoking weed and the results were largely dependent upon who funded the project. Arguments have been made that medical marijuana dulls the pain of coping with certain conditions. So much of the pro marijuana information has made it into mainstream society that children today do not view the drug as being nearly as harmful compared to children twenty years ago, according to recent surveys.
What these advocates fail to mention is the truth about what the drug actually does to a person, such as damaging the lungs, nerves and brain. There are over 400 chemicals found in marijuana smoke and 60 of them have been proven to cause cancer. Marijuana contains the neurotoxin THC, which is a poison that affects the brain and nerves. When someone smokes pot, two things happen two them: 1) There is an almost immediate burn-up of vitamins and minerals in the body. 2) The nerves in the body go numb. These two things happen every time someone takes the drug and it causes that person's health to steadily decrease. A person's tolerance to the drug also builds and eventually the person has to smoke pot almost continuously just to feel somewhat normal because they have caused so much damage to themselves.
Marijuana's negative effects also last well beyond the initial use. THC is lypophilic, meaning the chemical is fat-bonding and gets stored inside a person's body for weeks, months and even years after use ceases. American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard did extensive research in the field of drug use and rehabilitation and discovered that the stored drug particles can be released back into the bloodstream at later periods and continue to cause further damage and drug cravings. In his research, Hubbard also developed a dry-heat sauna detoxification program that is totally drug-free and rids the body of the old drug residues and restores health. This highly effective method of detoxification is used at Narconon (r) drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers around the world.

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