Should Marijuana be Legalized?
Still today the debate over the legalization of marijuana in the United States continues. Marijuana is a drug that often smoked in a cigarette or bong. Because this drug is illegal, it is affecting us as individuals and as a country. Many people believe legalizing this “miracle drug” could be very beneficial to our country, including myself. It is argued that, “Like sex, alcohol, or cigarettes, marijuana is one of life's little pleasures for some people” (Should Marijuana Be Legalized under Any Circumstances?). If marijuana were legalized our economy would improve, the crime rate would decrease, medical benefits would be seen, and make it possible for the quality and safety of drugs to be regulated.
Many people have the wrong idea of what marijuana actually does to the body, assuming it is a more harmful drug than it actually is. But in reality, it is not so bad. “The drug generally isn’t more harmful than alcohol or tobacco if used in moderation,” but isn’t abuse of any bad substance almost always a problem? (Should Marijuana Be Legalized under Any Circumstances?). Like all drugs, you will suffer harmful consequences to your body if moderation is not used. “Its low toxicity is responsible for the well-known fact that marijuana has never directly caused a death”. (Legalizing Weed May Benefit Society, Economy)The Washington Post said “marijuana smoking, even in extreme cases, does not lead to lung cancer, while cigarettes cause 440,000 deaths a year.” (Legalizing Weed May Benefit Society, Economy). Also, most doctors say it is not any more addictive than alcohol or
tobacco. I do not believe it is fair or right that marijuana is illegal while tobacco and alcohol are equally harmful, if not more harmful. Health reasons don’t seem to be the reason it is illegal.
So if this drug isn’t considered a major health concern compared to alcohol or tobacco, then why is it illegal? Well, like most things these days, it is a...
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