Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

John Bumpus


Marijuana--Government policy--United States; Drug legalization--United States; Tetrahydrocannabinol--Government policy--United States; Marijuana--Therapeutic use--United States;


This thesis argues for marijuana and other products containing tetrahydrocannabinol being legalized in the United States. Through my analysis of peer reviewed and popular literature, containing clinical testimony and professional opinions, I described the medical and societal benefits of legalizing marijuana and products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The key societal benefits are an increase in tax revenue and a decrease in crime rate. Marijuana and THC containing products also contain substantial medical benefits. Taking this consideration this thesis focuses on four major symptoms or diseases: multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and chronic pain. Evidence is presented why marijuana and products containing THC should be legalized, but I believe more clinical and economical research could be completed in order to strengthen this argument.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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