Persuasive Essay

Topics: Prohibition in the United States, Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country Pages: 3 (963 words) Published: February 27, 2012
Persuasive Essay

Legalize Marijuana
This essay will be about the legal issues of marijuana. The California government chooses to have a vote in California and other states and it passed the vote, now the federal government is trying to shut down dispensaries in the state. Even though California passed the vote in 1996 to allow the use of medical marijuana for medical use, the drug is still illegal under federal law. According to federal law, any amount found on a person is a misdemeanor and holds a fine of $1,000 and up to 1 year in jail, and state law states that 28.5 grams or less only carries a $100 fine. I believe that marijuana should be legal because it is not a dangerous drug as much as other things that are legal. For instance tobacco kills approximately 438,000 people a year, and also causes lung cancer. The worst thing about tobacco is it can kill or cause medical problems without you even smoking it. According to the Center for Disease Control secondhand smoke causes nearly 50,000 deaths, 3,400 from lung cancer and 46,000 from heart disease. But yet this is completely legal to consume. Take alcohol for example. It kills approximately 79,000 people a year and also contributes to long-term health risks such as kidney failure, and sexually transmitted diseases. In 1920 the Federal decided to make alcohol illegal to sell, make, transport, or consume, because it thought it may make our country better. Instead, it became more dangerous. Crime families became more powerful. More people died from drinking a more potent but illegally-made version, called moonshine. Even public officials such as police officers we corrupted. However, in 1933 the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited drinking alcoholic beverages. Other risks that are reported with alcohol are more violence among people, such as spousal abuse, child neglect and maltreatment. It is shown that two out of three incidents of spousal abuse has been the result of...

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