Like many households, ours is one that differs in opinion on many topics. My husband and I vary greatly in our political and social views of the world around us. I suppose it has to do with both our upbringing and our choice of careers. I’m a caregiver at a local senior housing facility where I must face both life and death situations and long-term illnesses on a daily basis. My husband is a police officer in the inner-city so we have very different views of the world around us. When discussion that comes up very frequently is the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of terminal and long-term illnesses. I can see the benefits of these treatments and feel that medical marijuana, and in some cases recreational use, should be legalized. My husband is furious every time I even mentioned this topic because he deals with the use of drugs such as marijuana and worse in a much different situation. He comes face-to-face each day with illegal drug dealers and the consequences of those who partake of these as well. The often sees young lives cut short by overdose and is completely against the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. He feels bad by legalizing this so-called “ harmless” drug, it will lead to be more frequent use of harder drugs that take lives on a daily basis. He feels that medical marijuana needs to be strictly regulated and only through, rigorous testing, should it be available to anyone. Because I see the other side of it where people are suffering from long-term pain or life ending illnesses, I see the benefits of having it readily available to ease their discomfort. I don’t think that medical marijuana is the answer, to everything, however, if they can make a person more comfortable in the last days I think that it should be an option.