The Effects of Legalizing Marijuana

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The Pros and Cons of Legalizing Marijuana
Latrease Brown
March 14, 2011

In society today, many people look for a feeling of freedom. Many people go on vacation and spend money. The most common gateway for people is drugs. Our American society is facing a tremendous drug problem. It has become a highly controversial issue whether drugs such as marijuana should be legalized or not. Some people advocate this issue and believe that legalization is the only solution left for the nation while others oppose because it will increase the number of drug users and drug related crimes. Marijuana is a drug that is illegal in the United States. This drug as you know is bad and causes severe side effects to your brain and body. Marijuana has both short term and long term effects. However, according to scientific experiments, marijuana is known to be beneficial in medicine. The question is should marijuana be legalized? Marijuana is a mixture of leaves, stems, and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis, it can be smoked or eaten. Marijuana use was used in the 1800’s as an energy booster. Marijuana is an illegal drug, though it is legal in some countries. Marijuana should be legalized for adults use because they can make the wise choice as to when they had enough. As for legalizing marijuana and the message it sends to kids, I believe that kids always want to do things that are illegal and once it becomes legal it isn’t as fun because anyone can do it. As reported “The perceived risk of marijuana did not change among California youth between 1996 and 1997. Supporters of legalization believe that if government regulates drugs such as cocaine and marijuana by imposing taxes, then the black market will be eliminated. However, the higher the tax rate, the higher the price of the drugs, and not many users can afford to buy high priced drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. Therefore, they will have to go to drug gangs who sell marijuana and cocaine under the market price. In addition, children and teenagers will be obviously banned from purchasing marijuana and cocaine just as they are prohibited from buying beer and liquor. Nevertheless, there will be drug pushers who will continue to encourage the youngsters and try to get them hooked to marijuana and cocaine. Hence, legalization will encourage a growing criminal black market. The negative effects are difficulty with short-term memory, racing heart, dizziness, and paranoia. Marijuana lifts you up when you are down. Marijuana violators are filling up the jails, when jails should be holding people for more serious crimes such as (rape, murder etc….). Data provided by the Bureau of Prisons and the United States Sentencing Commission suggest that one of every six inmates in federal prison system has been locked up for marijuana offense. The prisons are being filled with marijuana violators even though marijuana hasn’t clamed a life. Marijuana has some chemicals in it but not ones to claim a life, like cigarettes and alcohol. Marijuana has not been proven to be physically addictive but psychological dependence can occur. Dependence means that the person may think that they are so sick that they can’t live without marijuana. “Marijuana disrupts the nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are forms. Some studies show that when people have smoked large of marijuana for years the drug takes its toll on mental functions.

"One of marijuana’s greatest advantages as a medicine is its remarkable safety. It has little effect on major physiological functions. Marijuana is also far less addictive and far less subject to abuse than many drugs”. Marijuana as medicine has been studied for many years. In some cultures, it is already used as medicine. There are many good uses for marijuana to be used as medicine which will be discussed. The problem is that in order to be used in United States as medicine, marijuana must be legalized. Many...
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