Medical Marijuana Will Be Beneficial for Arizona

Robert D. Trevino

COM 422: Advanced Argumentation

Medical Marijuana will be beneficial for Arizona

      The recount votes are finally in, and medical marijuana has been approved, approved Nov. 2, 2010 by 50.13% by Arizona voters. (1) I’m pleased to see this proposal pass, so long as there is strict control of its use and distribution. Now Arizona has become the 15th state to pass a medical marijuana law, “Enabling a “qualifying patient” who is registered with the Arizona Department of Health Services, legally obtain, posses and to use marijuana from a non-profit Medical Marijuana Dispensary.

      Once people learn about the beneficial uses of medical marijuana, they will be more compassionate to support and understand it as a medicine. Former US General Surgeon Joycelin Elders M.D. states; “The evidence is overwhelming, marijuana can alleviate certain types of pain, Nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms caused by illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and Aids or by abusive drugs used to treat them. Marijuana is less toxic than many other drugs physicians prescribe today.” (2)

      Would the crime and violence, within the United States and the U.S. Mexican border be significantly reduced if the buying and selling of marijuana is legalized? I believe the answer is yes they can; and working closely with our neighbors in Mexico is the key. There must be a basis of mutual trust, with goals to develop working relationships and an improvement of intelligence. Hopefully with a drop in drug demand, the revenues from drug sales will dry up and a lower crime level will result.

  Another benefit of Arizona will be the extension of tax revenue from medical marijuana. It would increase that state's cigarette tax to fund from the current rate of $1.18 per pack, to a new standard of $1.98 per package as well as increases in other tobacco products, generating approximate 150 million dollars of tax revenue per year. (3)

  Now, like most law abiding...