DisciplineAssignment Type Academic Level Date General Moral Considerations on medical marijuana Introduction Medical marijuana has come to the limelight over the last decade in the healthcare sector over its crucial medicinal benefits though it has been in use for an extended time period. The most government has prohibited the use of the herb citing its side effects. The recent realization of its crucial importance in dealing with acute diseases has predominantly supported its legalization in most countries. Its legalization brings out fierce debate in respect to ethical concerns. Legalization of Marijuana as one of the prominent drugs brings out intense debate about drug abuse specifically for families that have suffered from its effects through losing their loved ones to substance abuse. Therefore there is an existing dilemma about Marijuana in that in one part it is a medicinal product while on the other part it is a drug abuse is effective and properly used. References Bernheim R. G. (2015). Essentials of public health ethics. Burlington MA: Jones &amp; Clark P. A. (2000). The ethics of medical marijuana: Government restrictions vs. medical necessity. Journal of Public Health Policy 40-60. Clark P. A. Capuzzi K. & Fick C. (2011). Medical marijuana: medical necessity versus political agenda. Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research 17(12) RA249. Kleber H. D. & Dupont R. L. (2012). Physicians and Medical Marijuana. The American Journal of Psychiatry 169(6) 564-8.Prentiss D. Power R. Balmas G. Tzuang G. & Israelski D. M. (2008). Patterns of marijuana use among patients with HIV/AIDS followed in a public health care setting. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999) 35 1 38-45. Wilkinson S. Yarnell S. Radhakrishnan R. Ball S. & D'Souza D. (2016). Marijuana legalization: Impact on physicians and public health. (pp. 453-466). PALO ALTO: ANNUAL REVIEWS. doi:10.1146/annurev-med-050214-013454 [...]
Public health ethics rests upon a set of general moral considerations (GMC’s) that have been widely discussed in literature, and utilized in the practice of public health decision-making. Your text identifies GMC’s (Table 2.1, page 21); however, goes into detail about the first five- producing benefits; avoiding, preventing, and removing harms; utility; distributive justice/procedural justice; and respect of autonomous choices and actions. For this assignment, you are to explore the ethical issue of Medical Marijuana , then discuss how each of the five GMC’s listed above may or may not apply. Identify any current and/or future political, legal or economic challenges, as they relate to the ethics of public health practice and health care delivery. Hypothesize potential solutions to the ethical challenges through utilization of appropriate GMC’s. (3-5 pages) Below I have attached an example paper, a first draft paper of medical marijuana and ethics which is to be used to build upon, ch. 2 of public health ethics on GMC's.