Utilitarianism In Medical Marijuana

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Recently the use of medical marijuana has become a very controversial topic among the community and government. Marijuana has a stereotype with hippies and drug offences, often leading to its medical benefits being overlooked consequently marijuana is only rarely given to patients with extreme conditions. It is not being used efficiently as well as not being used to its potential. Several states in Australia still consider the use of medical marijuana a prohibited act and the few states and territories that don’t prohibit the drug only allow the use for medical conditions. However, it is very restricted regarding who can access the medicine. Being a new topic there are very few philosophical events that relate to the use of medical marijuana, however, the philosophical theory of Utilitarianism can still be applied.
The thing that needs to be understood is the difference between medical marijuana and marijuana. Medical marijuana is the whole, unprocessed part of the plant which contains hundreds of cannabinoids, which is what treats various diseases. Marijuana used for recreation has more THC content than medical marijuana. THC is what gives the ‘high’. (ADF, 2018, Medical cannabis). Medical marijuana needs to become accessible for all eligible patients by just the use of a doctor’s prescription. Marijuana can be used to treat alzheimer’s disease, appetite loss, cancer, crohn 's disease, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, nausea, chronic pain, eating disorders such
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