Let’s get lifted: Legalizing the joint

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Marijuana, the new bandwagon for political officials and celebrity doctors. For years, marijuana, locally known as reefer, has been looked upon and compared by law enforcement officials to drugs far worse damaging than the drug itself. In fact, it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug substance. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration,

“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.  Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.  Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

Heroin, Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), Marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), Methaqualone, and Peyote”.

Two so-called facts in this definition about marijuana’s classification caught my attention: drug with no currently accepted medical use and a drug that’s considered to be one of the most dangerous drugs of all drugs. Recently, celebrity practicing neurosurgeon and CNN‘s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has gone on record to speak on marijuana’s classification,

“Neither of those statements has ever been factual. Even many of the most ardent critics of medical marijuana don’t agree with the Schedule I classification, knowing how it’s impeded the ability to conduct needed research on the plant”

I don’t know what bothers me most, the fact that millions of people across the U.S have been imprisoned and have had their personal background history’s marked with felony drug counts for marijuana or the fact that it takes political officials and celebrities, who’ve probably been smoking themselves for years, to now speak out in support of its declassification and legalization because there’s big money involved. They claim their sudden support is solely based on its’ medicinal benefits and healing qualities. In particular, patients with cancer. That’s admirable. I’m in support of anything that aids individuals in maintaining a great quality of life.

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But let’s be honest, and this is solely my conspiracy theory speaking here, they’ve known for years reefer doesn’t kill anyone and that it could possibly be a cure for or an aid in curing cancer. What they should be saying is let’s all of a sudden get rich off weed after pretending for years it’s dangerous and allowing millions of people to suffer and die from a debilitating disease in an effort to make big money off of prescription drugs. Shame. Shame. Shame.

I’m not a weed smoker, but in a supported effort to not have to view one more picture of a baby suffering from any form of cancer, it should be legalized for medicinal purposes.


Sources:DEACNN Health

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Naomi C. Kellogg

Naomi is an emerging screenwriter and novelist who writes fiction, nonfiction, and dramas. She’s written for a national magazine, run a blog, and headed the communications department for a 501c3 corporation. Naomi is actively completing a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and is a member of the Nation Council of Negro Women (NCNW), St. Petersburg Chapter, where she hopes to inspire young African-American women who aspire to write.

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