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I need a little help proof reading my 1 page paper on medicinal marijuana, could you please help?

Legal Medicinal Marijuana
Joe B asked:

“New Jersey Vote Backs Marijuana for Severely Ill”

I know this is long, if you could help with even the first paragraph, I would appreciate it. I know basic grammatics, I’m questionable at the advanced stuff.

Medical Marijuana has and always will be a hot button issue amongst the public as well as elected officials. Both sides have compelling arguments albeit its adversaries have nearly a 75 year prohibition in their favor. I use the term prohibition referring to an era of American history whereby majorities actions were mass criminalized. During 1920-1933, the consumption of alcohol was deemed illegal. When the prohibition was overturned, the primarily rationale behind this decision was that it was criminalizing innocent citizens affording a pleasure they were legally given in the past. I believe the use of marijuana could be compared to the alcohol prohibition, assuming its illegality criminalizes a large mass of American citizens who otherwise would abide by the laws of our land. Throughout history marijuana has come very close to being decriminalized at the federal level, particularly in the 70’s. The primary reason it remains illegal, as an elected official you should always be concerned with the popular vote. In history, proponents of marijuana’s legalization/decriminalization automatically could kiss the popular vote goodbye, logic aside. Here we are today facing a relevant yet separate matter concerning legalizing marijuana strictly for medical use.
New Jersey will be the 14th state legalizing medicinal marijuana although there will be some unique limitations. It is no secret states such as California are undergoing some serious problems with the abuse of medical marijuana. Their laws are extremely vague, allowing individuals with anxiety or those who suffer from panic attacks to be qualified candidates. There is a huge problem with this, the above mentioned symptoms can be simulated or falsely created for the sheer purpose for gaining legal access to the drug. New Jersey with those issues in mind, decided to take a more stringent approach and only make serious medical conditions eligible for the “protected status”. Conditions such as; Aids, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis which are nearly impossible fake given testing can positively confirm the aforementioned conditions. In the past there has been great divide among Democrats and Republicans concerning the legalization of medical marijuana. It is interesting how this divide among parties has turned into quasi uniform agreement that medicinal marijuana should In fact be legalized, political views aside. Governor Corzine signed the bill prior to leaving office and it’s expected to be in full effect within the next 6 to 12 months.
This decision shows signs of logic and compassion for those who need marijuana in mitigating their ailments. There have been concrete multiple sclerosis studies showing the use of medicinal marijuana will slow the progression of the disease, these studies have been dismissed in the past. I whole heartedly agree with New Jersey’s decision in giving qualified patients immunity status from being prosecuted. One of the primary issues I don’t agree with, the FDA’s refusal to recognize this prescribed drug. Federal law states that all prescription drugs must be approved by the FDA for them to be sold. This issue is being skirted, officials assert, medical marijuana is a “recommendation” not a prescription thus it does not have to be FDA approved. The FDA refuses to see any medical benefit in marijuana and their testing conditions in making this decision, show extreme bias. A quick look in history and knowing all the horrible products the FDA has approved, almost dismisses the validity of their research given you cannot overdose on marijuana. The dilemma here is that if FDA approved, it automatically would be legal on the federal level, thus the reservations via the FDA.
In sum, I firmly believe New Jersey has made the right decision in legalizing medicinal marijuana. This is a decision that shows compassion and logic, given all the legal alternatives. I do believe this is the tip of the iceberg in terms marijuana being legalized as a whole, a decision that California may be the first to make. Lastly, I find it highly troubling that regardless of its legal/illegal status, the government will find a way to profit via tax or through its criminalization. I find it highly hypocritical creating a 75 year prohibition, in turn legalizing marijuana not for logic or compassion, rather economical benefit being the most compelling argument.

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  1. Starfire says:

    “When the prohibition was overturned, the PRIMARY rationale behind this decision was that it was criminalizing innocent citizens affording a pleasure they were legally given in the past”
    Primary in place of primarily.

    “The primary reason it remains illegal, as an elected official you should always be concerned with the popular vote.” ?? This makes no sense

    “There is a huge problem with this, the above mentioned symptoms can be simulated or falsely created for the sheer purpose OF gaining legal access to the drug”
    Of instead of For

    “Conditions such as; Aids, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis are nearly impossible to fake and testing can positively confirm the aforementioned conditions.
    Suggestion to what you originally had put down

    “There have been concrete multiple sclerosis studies showing the use of medicinal marijuana will slow the progression of the disease, these studies have been dismissed in the past”
    Needs to be re-worded

    “I do believe this is the tip of the iceberg in terms OF marijuana being legalized, a decision that California may be the first to make.”

    “Lastly, I find it highly troubling that regardless of its status, the government will find a way to profit via taxing or through its criminalization.”

    “I find it hypocritical legalizing marijuana not for logic or compassion, but for economical benefit as being the most compelling argument.”

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