Legalisation of Marijuana

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The discussion whether marijuana should be legalized and taxed is very present within the last month. That’s why I’m going to discuss the pro and cons about the legalisation of weed, as it is often called, in the following research paper. Marijuana is a drug produced from the Cannabis plant, which is used to produce several kind of drugs. It is illegal an illegal substance under federal law, but some states passed legislation, that allowed the use of medical marijuana. Some states like Colorado and Washington went further and legalized the sale and consumption of small amounts of weed. In the Netherlands, marijuana is legal too. There are several reasons why marijuana shouldn’t be legalized. First of all, the consumption rate will increase dramatically, as consumer who didn’t use marijuana so far because they didn’t want to break the law might start using it. Many experts fear that social cost increase dramatically. That means that because of the higher consumption rate, the number of health issues caused by marijuana consumption will increase. Furthermore, “there is plenty of evidence that drug-using employees are less productive and less healthy” (Walters, John P. “No surrender: the drug war saves lives”). What goes along with this is that a higher consumption rate also affects school. Experts fear that it has “a negative effect on high school graduation rates, college enrollment, and youth employment” (“Legalisation of Marijuana” Student Resource Center). There are also public safety hazards that go along with the legalisation of marijuana. “Intoxicans rob individuals rob individuals of the ability to see a clear path” ( Wright, GeorgeNewton, Heather.”Counterpoint: There Are No Good Reasons To Legalize Marijuana). That is ca... ... middle of paper ... ...Edition. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Ingraham, Janet. "Lee, Martin A. Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana--Medical, Recreational, and Scientific." Library Journal 1 Sept. 2012: 117. Student Edition. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. International Business, Times. "Will US Marijuana Legalisation Help Smash the Mexican Drug Cartels?."International Business Times 08 Nov. 2012: Points of View Reference Center. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. "Legalization of Marijuana." Student Resource Center. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Discovering Collection. Gale. MINITEX. 20 Mar. 2014 Walters, John P. "No surrender: the drug war saves lives." National Review 27 Sept. 2004: 41. Student Edition. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. Wright, GeorgeNewton, Heather. "Counterpoint: There Are No Good Reasons To Legalize Marijuana." Points Of View: Legalization Of Marijuana (2013): 2. Points of View Reference Center. Web. 20 Mar. 2014

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