Legalizing Marijuana

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Legalizing Marijuana
The argument of whether to legalize marijuana or not is parallel to the age-old battle of Creationism vs. Evolution, everyone has his or her own opinion. Legalizing marijuana is social debate whose outcome could not possibly make everyone happy. This debate is filled with both pros and cons, and some would argue that both sides have equally convincing arguments. There are several substantial reasons why marijuana should be legalized. A few reasons why it should be legal are, there are no logical reasons for marijuana to be illegal, legalizing marijuana would save the government a lot of money, and prohibition of marijuana is simply not working. The first and most basic reason that marijuana should be legal is there are no logical reasons for it to be illegal. Some people ask “why should marijuana be legalized” but I will ask a different question, “Why should marijuana be illegal?” From a logical 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 pose a significant threat to the individual, or if the actions endanger someone else. This argument does not logically apply to marijuana because it is far less dangerous than some drugs which are legal, such as alcohol. Of course there would have to be restrictions on the use of marijuana. Like alcohol there would be an age restriction, and a restriction on when marijuana can be used, such as when you are driving. Individuals deserve the right to decide whether or not they should use marijuana, and the government should not tell these individuals what they can and cannot do as long as it does not put themselves or others in danger. The second important reason that marijuana should be legal is that it would save the government a lot of money, therefore saving taxpayers money. In the United States, all levels of government, federal, state, and local authorities participate in the "War...
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