Legalizing Marijuana

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Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana is a hallucinogen; its active property is THC. Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the U.S., and is often the first illegal drug used by teenagers. Some states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes only. From a rational point of view, individuals deserve the right to make choices for themselves. The government only has a right to limit those choices if the individual's actions endanger someone else. This does not apply to marijuana, since the individual who chooses to use marijuana does so according to his or her own free will. The government also may have a right to limit individual actions if the actions show a significant threat to the individual. This argument does not logically apply to marijuana because marijuana is far less dangerous than some drugs which are legal, such as alcohol and tobacco.

Legalizing of marijuana would change many things in world today, such as, keeping marijuana illegal is expensive, medical use, hemp, and religious use as well. We could save billions of dollars every year as a nation if we stop wasting money locking people up for having marijuana. In addition, if marijuana were legal, the government would be able to collect taxes on it, and would have a lot more money to pay for effective drug education programs and other important causes. Marijuana can be used as medicine because it helps to stimulate appetite and relieve nausea in cancer and AIDS patients.

Marijuana use is less harmful and risky than the use of alcohol, tobacco, and many nonprescription drugs. It is the safest (currently) illegal drug. Marijuana is much less addictive than tobacco or alcohol. Legalization of marijuana would cut down on crime. Because marijuana is illegal, it is difficult to manufacture, and is expensive, so addicts often have to turn to crime to maintain their habit. Legalization would drive the price down and lessen this problem. Currently, much of the crime that goes on is a result of...
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