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Prescription drugs kill 47,055 people each year due to abuse and side effects. Under federal law, marijuana is illegal in the U.S. for medical or recreational use. In 1996, California, under proposition 215, became the first state to legalize the medical use of cannabis. Soon after, 23 states have allowed the comprehensive public use of marijuana. With states now legalizing dispensaries, there is: protection from criminal penalties, access through home cultivation, access to different strains, and provides an alternative to common pills prescribed by doctor’s. Medical cannabis has been shown to help with numerous diseases including: cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, and alzheimer’s. With 27 states still having the natural medicine illegal, the debate on whether the drug should become legal or not is a battle that has been occurring for the past 2 centuries. Today I am going to be talking about why medical cannabis should be a legal drug that is accessible to those who need it. Once THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) enters your brain, it brings about feelings of relaxation, euphoria, and pain modulation. Overdosing on Marijuana is virtually impossible. You would need to eat 22 Kg (776 Oz) of marijuana to be at risk of death. Being at risk for an overdose via smoking would require you smoke 680 Kg (2400 Oz) of Marijuana, which in turn means that the amount of deaths due to cannabis overdose is 0. This goes to show that medical marijuana is a safer alternative to prescription drugs

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