Ethical Implications Of Medical Marijuana

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Medical Marijuana Cannabis is the scientific name for marijuana. This drug is considered one of the most popular and used drugs around the world (Davis, 2017). The first state in the United States that approved proposition 215 was California. This proposition was passed in 1996 after many people voted in favor to approve the use of medical marijuana. 215 proposition legalized the use of medical marijuana and allowed people to use this drug without breaking the state law. (Kamin, 2015). In Addition, recreational marijuana became a legal drug in California on January 1, 2018 after proposition 64 was approved (The Desert Sun, 2017). Although, some people acknowledge the benefits that cannabis can have on the body others think it does not have a positive impact on the body. The purpose of this paper is to present the ethical implications of the use of medical marijuana. According to Park’s ethical decision making model the first step to follow is the identification of the ethical problem. After reading about the medical use of marijuana, I easily identified this ethical issue that has been existing for an extended period of time. In fact, in 1970, this drug was categorized as dangerous under the Control Substances Act (Philipsen, McMullen, & Wood, 2017). Health care providers that practice the ethical principle of non-maleficence make sure they avoid any therapy or medication that can cause harm to the patient (Kangasniemi, Vaismoradi, Jasper, & Turunen, 2013). As a result,
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