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Why Shouldn`t Marijuanas Be Legalized in the Philippines

All I ask of you, who are reading now, is to be open-minded. Try to think outside of indoctrination and do your own research. You do not need to use cannabis to support legalization. Because one of the many benefits that legalizing cannabis use can bring to all of us is to boost tourism and taxation. Just ask Thailand. They roll in it. Pun intended. In recent years, attitudes toward marijuana have changed culturally. At the time of writing, medical marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia; Recreational marijuana is now legal in Washington and Colorado.

A large and growing body of literature indicates that the legalization of marijuana can have negative effects on individual and public health. Nevertheless, let`s be open to the potential wonders of this controversial plant. If it is legalised, I hope it will be patient- and research-oriented, with appropriate regulation and taxation. I therefore conclude that medical marijuana should be legalized, regardless of the outcome. Yes, its legalization will increase the rate of recreational use and for some it may be their gateway drug and certainly addiction, but the fact is that it is effective and patients in this country should not be prevented from taking advantage of this substance when needed, it is a great help for patients with epilepsy or any type of disease. to have the opportunity to use marijuana. Here in the Philippines, we generally think of marijuana as having only harmful effects on people who use it, due to the factor that it is addictive, where people have trouble controlling their drug use, because it has effects on our mood and thinking, studies have shown that it could affect a person`s cognitive functions through cannabis addiction. recreational. I think marijuana should be legalized, but with the regulations, while marijuana is only used for medical purposes, the problem when it is legalized is the implementation of the law. Unfortunately, the Philippines excels at making a law, but not at implementing it.

It may be vulnerable to regulatory oversight. The way medical marijuana is to be approved, prescribed, dosed, stored and made available to the public is very different from other prescription drugs. This requires a number of surveys and validations. Although there is a huge amount of research on marijuana from other countries such as the United States, these studies cannot be considered similar to marijuana grown on Philippine soil. Marijuana plants that are not grown in the same soil and environment would have a different plant chemistry and do not produce similar compounds, although they are morphologically similar. Because of this variation, the results may have different safety profiles and may not have the same therapeutic effects. There is still a long way to go before we see the final results. It is said that marijuana is a very harmful plant that can put people`s lives at risk if used, and this will be a problem we will face in our society if it is legalized. However, it also has many positives. In the Philippine Constitution, marijuana or cannabis was the second most widely used drug in the Philippines after methamphetamine or, as we all know, «shabu» under Republic Act No.

6425 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1972. Nowadays, marijuana remains illegal in the Philippines due to several rules and regulations, which prevents researchers or scientists in our country from conducting extensive research on the possible benefits and effectiveness of medical marijuana, it also makes it difficult for people who actually need it as medicine, And it can be quite expensive. if he came from other countries. He produces it. He claims to help and treat many patients who needed prevention and especially even as a cure for their diseases. Marijuana shows that it can treat glaucoma, nausea, epilepsy, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, etc. Studies also show that marijuana is much cheaper than using technical and mechanical methods such as chemotherapy and dialysis if it were to be legalized. Therefore, I think marijuana should be legal in the Philippines for medical purposes. Early studies have suggested cognitive declines associated with marijuana (particularly early and heavy use); these declines persisted long after the acute cannabis intoxication phase.44–46 Recently, Meier and colleagues analyzed data from a prospective study that followed subjects from birth to age 38; Their findings provided supporting evidence that cannabis use, when it began during adolescence, was associated with cognitive impairment in several areas, including executive function, processing speed, memory, perceptual reasoning, and verbal comprehension.47 Rogeberg48 criticized the study`s methodology, saying the results were confused by differences in socioeconomic status; However, this assertion was based on partial analyses using very small numbers. Other sub-analyses49 of the original study cohort showed that marijuana was equally common in populations with higher socioeconomic status, suggesting that socioeconomic status was not a confounding variable. Every epidemiological study is subject to confusing bias and future research will be needed to clarify and quantify the link between cognitive decline and marijuana use in adolescents.

However, the results of the original study by Meier et al. show that there is indeed an independent association between intelligence loss and marijuana use in adolescents. This finding, by the way, is consistent with previous studies.44 But Tito James, we already have regulations for medical purposes, why the need to make them available for recreational use? Currently, marijuana is considered a dangerous drug in the country under Republic Act No. 9165 or the General Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.