Weed Legalization

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Kiersten Deemer
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15 April 2013
Legalization of Marijuana
Close to 100 million Americans claimed to use marijuana at some point in their lives, and 25 million within the past year (Normal). Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used in the United States. The legalization of marijuana has caused much controversy in this country since around the 1970’s and the debate still continues to this day. Many argue that marijuana is a gateway drug and there are no benefits of this drug, while others recognize there are medical advantages but still do not support recreational use. There is a large population, though, who believe there is no harm with the recreational use of marijuana, and support the legalization of it. The legalization of marijuana in this country would not only prove further that this drug is not a gateway drug, but it would also enhance the quality of the drug, and the economy.

Many believe that marijuana is a major gateway drug, and use that as a main reason to keep it illegal. Keeping marijuana illegal makes it much more difficult to receive this drug, and those who want to try it may begin to associate with bad influences to get it. This is an understandable way to look at this drug as a gateway drug, but with its legalization, teens and other marijuana users would not have to associate with drug dealers who are interested in selling more serious drugs. A 12 year study was performed in 2006 by the American Psychiatric Association that proved no relationship between the uses of marijuana increasing the chances of the usage of other drugs (Gupta). The legalization of marijuana could do nothing more than dispel the myth of it being a gateway drug.

The quality of the black marketed marijuana could easily make a consumer a bit uneasy. Because this drug is illegal, it is nearly impossible to get quality, well refined marijuana without a ridiculous price tag attached. With the help of the government, this drug could be...
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