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    Does marijuana help you?

    Aspiring physician who uses marijuana responsibly.


    I’m 23 years old, and I started smoking marijuana when I was 18. This past may I graduated college and now working a part time job in San Jose, CA while taking care of my parents. For myself, marijuana was a medication. When I was tired or fatigued, I could use marijuana to help me continue studying and reading. As someone who has suffered from anxiety, depression, and ADHD, marijuana limited my need for antidepressants and ADHD medication, which often caused insomnia. My grades actually improved when I began smoking regularly at nighttime because I felt less inclined to go out, and I began using that extra time to study, which became more enjoyable and game-like.

    I’m hoping to attend medical school next year, and I strongly believe that marijuana will help me study longer and more effectively in the evenings. My greatest fear will be testing positive on a random drug screen and losing this dream to the stigma and legality of marijuana use. No one but my closest friends and family know that I use marijuana. I dress nice, act professionally, and would never dream of lighting up before work (especially as a physician). I don’t want my dreams to be limited by archaic anti-drug laws, which have only perpetuated serious drug abuse through an increase of pharmaceutical prescription opiods.

    I believe marijuana is a tool. When used properly, it can be beneficial and therapeutic for the user. When used improperly, marijuana can be dangerous. I hope Colorado takes time to educate its students about marijuana safety rather than demonizing the drug.

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