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16 January 2015
Why Marijuana should be legalized
Multiple studies have found that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco yet somehow is still considered a schedule 1 drug along with other more extreme drugs such as heroin. Marijuana is the leaves and shredded flowers of hemp plant called Cannabis sativa which is usually a green or gray mixture. Marijuana can be not only smoked in the form a joint, blunt, bowl, bong, etc but can also be eaten. Uses of marijuana can be medically or recreationally and the use of it can be dated back to thousands of years ago in Asia when its effect was discovered for medical and spiritual purposes. “The main mind-altering (psychoactive) ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol)” (Marijuana, gmu.edu). Marijuana should be legalized not only for the immense possibility of tax revenue but also because regulating marijuana makes society safer, providing job opportunities and the countless health benefits.
Despite that marijuana has been known as being an agent for reaching bliss it also provides many health benefits that could benefit many with a variety of conditions. In fact “the survey of more than 1,500 doctors and nearly 3,000 consumers found that 69 percent of doctors said medical marijuana can help with certain conditions and treatments” (Preidt). Marijuana’s significant medical benefits include renewing a cancer patients appetite, providing sleep aid (helping those with insomnia), lowering anxiety, relieving those with chronic pain, and many others. Also if Marijuana was legalized and used for medical purposes it would then have to go through the FDA for regulating meaning there wouldn’t be a risk of it being laced with something else. A popular marijuana strain known for being an option to treat seizures is called Charlotte’s Web. Charlotte’s Web medical potency is due to its high CBD content and the strain is also effective with little to no psychoactive effects. This makes the strain better for those who don’t want their medication to affect daily tasks. Despite popular belief, Lester Grinspoon, MD said “although cannabis has been smoked widely in Western countries for more than four decades, there have been no reported cases of lung cancer or emphysema attributed to marijuana. I suspect that a day’s breathing in any city with poor air quality poses more of a threat than inhaling a day’s dose—which for many ailments is just a portion of a joint – of marijuana ” (Top 10 Pros and Cons - Medical Marijuana - ProCon.org).
Even though other lethal drugs are addictive and marijuana is often associated with those (ie: heroine), marijuana is not physically addictive. However, marijuana can be argued as psychologically addictive but so is food. Even though most would believe otherwise, food when used wrongly is much worse for someone’s health than cannabis is. In fact, food intake being abused can be linked to more than half of the top 10 leading causes of death in the country. These same facts cannot be said about users of marijuana with the death toll being at zero. Ironically many view marijuana has physically harmful but when put next to other legal drug counterparts it is by far the least physically harmful. These other legal drug counterparts including cigarettes, alcohol, sleep aids, and prescription painkillers are all exceedingly addictive, and can also all lead to death. Even Joycelyn Elders, MD agrees that “indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day “(Top 10 Pros and Cons - Medical Marijuana - ProCon.org).
Along with medical benefits legalization could lead to billions of dollars in tax revenue. The legalization of this drug comes with many different ways of making money off of it for the government. When Colorado cautiously legalized marijuana they immediately saw a huge tax revenue. In fact, within just three months Colorado collected a large...
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