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Issue: Should marijuana be legalized?
Thesis: Marijuana should be legalized for recreational use only, however because marijuana after long term abuse can lead to addiction. Reasons:
1. Harmless
2. Benificial
3. Overated

Questions, counterarguments, objections: The main reason marijuana is not legalized is because of the way society will be viewed, not how the drug actually affects an individual.

Morgan Meaders
Freshman English I
T. Smith
29 November 2012
Legalizing Marijuana
As the human population increases, so does the use of drugs, especially marijuana (“Drug”). Marijuana is a green/brownish nub of grass compressed together (Brookes). “It is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers” to some people (“Drug”). The purpose of this drug is to break the marijuana down into small pieces to where it looks like tobacco and then smoke it. “Marijuana is usually smoked out of pipes of in cigars that are dumped of the tobacco and filled with weed (“Drug”). This natural essence makes the body fill a "hi". Though marijuana is illegal, it is becoming more and more widespread. This type of drug is harmless, but yet beneficial. Personally, I think marijuana is over-rated, so therefore, I am for legalizing this drug.

In most cases when using drugs or even consuming alcohol, people are cautioned with side effects and dangers that the drug may cause over long periods (White). Most drugs impose serious side effects like hangovers and withdrawals, but not marijuana (“Drug”). “Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States” (“Drug”). Other drugs will result in long-term effects like' aging more rapidly, loss of teeth, and brain damage (“Drug”). For example, crack, cocaine, methamphetamine, and pill popping do cause many side effects and aging. Marijuana does not result in any of these conditions; it is indeed, the least harmless drug.

It is unusual to think that a street drug can be beneficial, but it is true. Marijuana...
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