Argumentive Essay

Topics: Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country, Hashish Pages: 5 (1106 words) Published: February 8, 2015


Argumentative Essay

Legalization of Marijuana

Ashley Bassett

Eng. 1301

Instructor: Pam Hesser

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The recreational use of Marijuana should be legalized. According to the New York Times The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. Figures compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. Even worse, the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals. It is widely accepted by society and by lawmakers that the drinking of alcohol is okay and safe for us and we should drink it. However, not many of us take notice all the fighting, vandalism, and rape that happens because of the influence of drinking alcohol. But what would happen if everyone smoked marijuana instead of consuming alcohol? How did we come to the realization that marijuana is bad and alcohol is okay? Research provided by NORML Foundation, whose mission is to reform marijuana laws, marijuana is the third most popular leisure drug in America (following only alcohol and tobacco). Around 100 million Americans have been utilized cannabis during their lifetime at least once, and 14 million of them consistently consume that product regardless of their fear of being arrested. (Normal) The reason those people smoke marijuana is the relaxation feelings that the substance provides. Even though the substance does not have serious drawbacks, smoking weed is still considered as a crime. Therefore, our government authorities should generate laws that would reveal the current situation regarding cannabis consumption, not contradict it.

Marijuana should be legalized one reason being because it’s a natural pain killer. Multiple studies of medical practice of marijuana show that in some cases Marijuana is the only possible pain relief medication for anguish people. For example, Ellen Lenox, who has a muscle tissue disorder, said that marijuana saved her life. Mrs. Lenox had tried lots of different painkillers, some of them didn’t work, and other Mrs. Smith had allergies with. Consequently, her doctor recommended medical marijuana to relieve her pain. Thankfully, medical marijuana helped Mrs. Lenox. This is only one of pg.2

many stories where marijuana helps patients to ease their pain. According to the New York Times, more than 60 U.S. And international heath organizations are in favor of providing patients direct lawful access to medical marijuana under a doctor's observation. Since marijuana is a priceless assistance in the medical care of a broad variety of illnesses, more and more states should pass medical marijuana laws.

A trustworthy marijuana consumer does not demonstrate a danger to society. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report (2011), “Enforcing marijuana prohibition costs taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually and results in arrest of more than 853,000 individuals per year”. This number is much higher than the total number of all criminal arrests combined (murderers, rapist, robber, and etc.) Marijuana smokers, as every citizen in the U.S., also fulfill their obligations by paying taxes, taking care of their families and children. Abruptly, they are arrested, incarcerated and treated like lawbreakers merely because of their “recreational drug of choice.”Sadly, many children of marijuana smokers are placed in foster care centers, which causes pain and suffering for millions of families. Also, it decriminalize creates disregard for authorities and criminal justice system. As a community we need to reconsider our public view over the issue and create such laws that would not harm the interests of others. Meanwhile, responsible and mature marijuana smokers are not the problem and it is time to prevent their further incarceration and...
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