April 9, 2013
Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States with roughly 100 million Americans admitting to trying marijuana at least once. The total number of individuals arrested for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, is less than the number of individuals arrested for marijuana related crimes. In this paper I will be arguing why marijuana should be legalized for recreation use. The points I will be getting across are liberty, cost, and failure. People have the right to decide whether or not they want to use marijuana.
The government only has the right to limit the choice of an individual only if the action endangers someone else. When talking about marijuana this should not apply because those who choose to use marijuana on his or her free will. The government also may have a right to limit individual actions if the actions pose a significant threat to the individual. But 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. Then legalization might reduce the likelihood of moving on to harder drugs.
When most people hear marijuana, they automatically think gateway drug. The gateway theory is the theory that the use of less deleterious drugs may lead to a future risk of using more dangerous hard drugs. Scientific research has found that more than 100 million Americans have tried marijuana. There is an estimate of 14.4 million Americans to be past month users. Yet there are only an estimated 2,075,000 past month users of cocaine and 153,000 past month users of heroin. The fact that most people get marijuana from people who have more harmful drugs like cocaine and heroin, if the government legalized marijuana people would not be persuade to try other drugs and less likely to get a hold of them.
The second important reason that marijuana should... [continues]
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