Web. 10 Dec. 2013. Rich, Alex. "Legalization Of Marijuana: An Overview." Points Of View: Legalization Of Marijuana (2013): 1.
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. I beg to differ. If one wanted to get technical alcohol is considered a drug, why then hasn’t anyone made the accusation that alcohol is the “gateway drug”? I do acknowledge that there are legitimate cons to legalizing marijuana, such as the increasing chance that it may fall into the hands of kids. Or that legalizing marijuana could increase serious crimes, but kids are smoking and drinking now and marijuana isn’t legal.
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.
The movie was based on the theory that smoking reefer, as marijuana is commonly referred to as, caused people to be “out of there mind” (White). The recreational use of marijuana was believed to have been introduced by immigrants from Mexico. Today, marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America. Surveys prove that marijuana has been used by almost 100 million Americans, with 25 million saying they have smoked marijuana this past year, and more than 14 million saying they smoke marijuana regularly despite the illegal laws against its use (norml.org). No matter how hard the government works in reality the marijuana plant is relatively unregulated.
We also have various arguments from the medical perspective and how they claim it can be beneficial to various individuals. Then there is another argument which brings up the fact that while marijuana remains to be illegal we will see an increase in criminal activity not just from the United States but the international borders as well. We need to realize that legalizing marijuana would be a huge step into creating a sense of revenue within the United States without the problems that alcohol and cigarettes bring. Marijuana can ruin people’s lives by making a criminal record for those who simply choose to be in possession and smoke marijuana. Why should the government continue to inflict harm on a drug that has virtually no reason to be banned in the first place?
Marijuana, weed, hashish, pot, it goes by many names. Many people argue that it should be legalize because it’s no better than alcohol and cigarettes. Although these claims holds some truth, marijuana is still a dangerous drug and adding one more problematic drug into the mix will not improve America’s health and safety issues. Although marijuana has its medical benefits, using it for recreational purposes is dangerous for both us and our society. There are countless debates whether marijuana should be legalized for creational use or if it should remain illegal.
Web. 29 Nov. 2013. Ford, AdamWalter, Andrew. "Point: Marijuana Should Be Legalized." Points Of View: Legalization Of Marijuana (2013): 3.
Legalizing marijuana may not get the US out of dept, but with marijuana popularity growing, there is no reason the federal government shouldn't legalize, tax an regulate the sell of Marijuana for recreational use. If marijuana is so harmful, would doctors recommend it for their own patients as a form of medicine? I sure would hope not. The reason they do is because it can be beneficial. Marijuana has been found to help people with multiple sclerosis, helping with the painful muscle spasms that come with having it (Kilmer 103).