Legalizing Marijuana

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Legalizing Marijuana Legalization of Marijuana has been an issue in the country for around sixty years. Why have we made an issue of it? Why will people not just give up the fight for legalization? After all, marijuana is a drug. It sometimes leads to the use of more dangerous drugs like heroin or cocaine. There are several reasons people fight for this drug, and many devote countless hours to this seemingly hopeless cause. Marijuana is known as a gateway drug because it leads in some cases to more serious drugs. This could be happening because of the way people are getting the drug. To get marijuana you must buy it from a drug dealer off the street. This also gives you access to the other drugs that are out there. If a person could just walk into a store and buy marijuana, maybe it would not lead to the use of other drugs simply because kids would not be around drug dealers. If you could buy marijuana at your local mini-mart without fear of punishment then it is possible that the use of other illegal drugs would decline. Most Marijuana users are casual users. They fight for legalized marijuana because they feel it should be their right to be able to enjoy this drug when they want. The government claims that legal marijuana would cause extremely widespread use and become an epidemic. They say that people would become dependent on the drug like tobacco or alcohol. Marijuana is not addictive. And is not associated with any major illness. It would seem that legal marijuana and illegal tobacco would be a more sensible idea. This is because marijuana has less serious effects on health. Also hemp, which is the main part of the cannabis sativa plant has dozens more uses than tobacco. Medical uses are reasons why this is such a large issue. It has been known since the 19th century that marijuana has beneficial uses in medicine. Marijuana has been proven to help people suffering from diseases like cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma. Also marijuana can be substituted for more addictive and damaging drugs. So why is it that some people refuse to accept or allow legal medical use of marijuana? Many states are finally approving the use of medicinal marijuana. This in turn has helped ease many patients pain and suffering. There are a lot of people in the country that are pushing to legalize the drug because of the bad image that it is giving America's youth. According to NORML, under president Clinton more than three million people have been arrested over marijuana

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