Kayla Morgan states that “It’s nearly impossible to overdose on marijuana, to do so; 1,500 pounds of marijuana would have to be smoked, or otherwise ingested in some form, in under 15 minutes,” (100) whereas users who drink alcohol run the risk of overdosing if they simply exceed their limit by a small amount, alcohol intoxication and overdose is very common. As such, with alcohol being dangerous and legal, tobacco products cause cancers of many kinds and kill many each year from those complications. Supporters of marijuana legalization do not sugar coat the fact that “it is a drug with mind-alter... ... middle of paper ... ...York Times 18 May 2013: A. 7. SIRS Researcher.
Almost every American has heard of marijuana and its many nicknames such as weed, MJ, Mary Jane, cannabis, etc. “Nearly 100 million Americans use marijuana.” (“About Marijuana”) NORML, an organization that advocates changing marijuana laws, states, “Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America behind alcohol and tobacco.” (“About Marijuana.”) If this many people are using it, why has it not been legalized? Some would say it should remain illegal because it hurts people and is harmful to society. To a point, it can be hurtful to people and harmful to society by creating overeaters and mellowed out, couch-bums; however, marijuana itself has never been shown to kill anyone. It is just like alcohol and tobacco.
There has been a debate over the legalization of marijuana since it was made illegal in the 1920s. There are opponents on both sides of the issue. There are many benefits to the legalization of marijuana, but there are also detrimental effects to society that are caused by marijuana use. These issues need to be debated to determine if the legalization of marijuana would benefit the United States. According to a 2003 Zogby poll, “the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and only make it illegal for children.” (Nadelmann, Ethan) Cannabis has been around since ancient times.
Marijuana should be legalized for a multitude of reasons, it can help economically as well as medically, those are the two main points right there. Marijuana is not manmade it is it grown naturally just like tobacco is for cigarettes which supposedly causes lung cancer and yet cigarettes are legal. And then there is a variety of plants when processed properly make alcohol which when abused can cause liver disease and yet it too is legal. Where is the study that shows marijuana causes harm to the body? There was a statement that Congressman Blumenauer had made that marijuana was the “gateway drug”, there are other officials and police that agree with him.
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Seventy-five hundred thousand people were arrested in 2012 for marijuana possession alone (“Reforming...”). This offense is considered very serious, yet it is gradually becoming the most used drug in America. Marijuana should be legalized due to its medicinal value, cropping abilities, and recreational values. Marijuana is a schedule one controlled substance along with heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and meth. Which means it has a high potential of being abused (Drug).
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