The road to legalization: Marijuana as medicine

The uses of marijuana on both a medical and industrial level exemplify the unscientific and impractical nature of cannabis prohibition. Classified as a Schedule I drug, federal law considers cannabis to have no medical use and to have a high potential for addiction. Yet, this classification seems to have no bases in reality. While marijuana remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medical use, along with the District of Columbia and Guam. 

The medical aspects of marijuana have been used by humans for centuries, even being considered a reputable medicine in the United States until the 20thcentury. The majority of criticism toward cannabis as medicine comes from the lack of research that many claim plague the field. However, this lack of research stems in its entirety from the illegality of marijuana. In fact, because of the federal classification of cannabis,

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