Legalizing Marijuana

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Throughout history there have been many debates on whether marijuana should be made legal or not. Everyone has different views on the topic. I, however, believe that marijuana should be made legal. I think that the legalization of marijuana would give our country many benefits. Legalizing marijuana would give more people opportunities to have a job, help with our countries huge debt problem, and help cure those who are sick. Marijuana isn’t as dangerous as most people think. In fact, marijuana has been proven to be less likely to create crime, it can be used as medicine, and it isn’t as harmful as tobacco and alcohol. Marijuana has been used throughout history for many different reasons. The plant was first brought to North America in 1545, and during that time it was grown on plantations to make rope and clothing.9 (Www. said that the first time our country used marijuana for its medical benefits was in the 1800’s.11 During that time it was more acceptable to society because most people didn’t smoke it, the plant was mostly used to make rope and clothing. Marijuana hasn’t always been illegal. In fact, laws concerning marijuana changed.( stated that marijuana was first made illegal in 1937 because many Mexicans smoked it and people thought they were crazy and that the marijuana made them that way.10 I don’t think that this is a good enough reason for marijuana to be illegal. Marijuana was made illegal because of thoughts about a certain race of people which isn’t right because now most people think that it is a bad drug that causes a lot of problems. Most people don’t know that the plant has many good things that we could all benefit from; a lot of people now portray marijuana to be the ... ... middle of paper ... Marijuana Opposing Viewpoints. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2006. Print. Healy, Jack. "Tax Bonanza Is Expected for Colorado on Marijuana." New York Times. 21 Feb. 2014: A.12. “ Marijuana Legalization Debate (Part1) - - The Doctors. “Youtube. Youtube, 15 Aug. Nadelmann, Ethan A. "An End to Marijuana Prohibition." National Review. 12 Jul. 2004: 28+. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. "Marijuana Statistics - Cannabis Use Statistics - Drug-Free World." Marijuana Statistics - Cannabis Use Statistics - Drug-Free World. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2014. "Cannabis, Coca, & Poppy: Nature's Addictive Plants." Cannabis: History. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2014. "Why Is Marijuana Illegal?" Drug WarRant. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2014. "Why Marijuana Became Illegal – The Basic Facts." Bruce Alan Block Attorney at Law. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.

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