A simple plant causes enormous controversy in the United States, but for such silly reasons. False reports and hungry corporations feed the public misinformation, but the truth is that marijuana is not any of the horrible things that the media claims it to be.
A Gateway Drug?
Seventh-grade health class has been long warning students that marijuana is a “gateway drug” whose use will lead to other, harder drugs. This has been proven false for many years, but it is still being taught in schools. Why? Despite hard medical evidence proving its benefits (including ALS treatment, side effects of chemotherapy and migraine headaches), the public continues to be told that marijuana will rot the brain and get kids addicted to drugs.
The Evil Empire
Pharmaceutical companies made approximately $775 billion in 2015, thanks largely in part to the markup of expensive brand-name drugs. These numbers have been steadily climbing since the 1990s. Marijuana is a plant, and growers know that it costs very little to manufacture. One must wonder if lawmakers have more devious intents, bowing down to the almighty dollar.
While there is still medical research being done on how marijuana can slow down the growth of cancer cells, the science is slowly starting to catch up with what humans have known for thousands of years: marijuana is not something to be feared, but something to embrace as a legitimate form of medicine.