Cocaine and heroin arrests have actually decreased by 1/3 from 1991 to 2000. While marijuana has more than 700,000 people are ar... ... middle of paper ... ...sider. The youth is definitely a big issue which is why I think you should at least be 18 before you could smoke marijuana. As far as health and crime and medicinal marijuana I think that my side directs to the major points our country should be looking at. Works Cited "About."
Marijuana is one of the cheapest yet most effective drugs that can be used. Marijuana should be pursued since it is a cheap and effective way to treat illness. The legalization of marijuana can also open up a tremendous amount of jobs. Marijuana has many benefits if it should be legalized, it is only the bad reputation that it has built up over time that makes people hesitate from legalizing it. Marijuana has several healing effects that people hesitate to accept due to it’s bad reputation.
In fact the total cost to taxpayers of solely marijuana-related incarceration (in local, state, and federal prisons and jails) of 15,400 people exceeds $1.2 million per year. There have been many studies performed to try to prove that the effects of marijuana are worse than other medications. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 of the studies found that marijuana is in fact safer than many of our everyday prescription and over the counter drugs. Never in United States history has their been even one case of someone dieing or being injured from the use of marijuana an illegal drug. But every year many people die from use of Americas popular legal drugs.
Marijuana is present everywhere in people 's lives, be it in the media or in the neighborhood alley. So why is this popular drug illegal almost everywhere in the world and is an especially controversial topic in the United States? If legalized, marijuana would benefit the United States in terms of health, economy, and social reparations. There are numerous reasons why many people support marijuana legalization.
Most Americans believe that marijuana is a dangerous addictive drug that has destroyed the lives of millions of teens as well as adults, and then what is alcohol? According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 37,000 annual U.S deaths, including 1,400 in Colorado, are attributed to alcohol use alone. On the other hand, the USCDCP does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society reported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs and uses just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect this could lead to death while marijuana is one of, if not the least toxic drug, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect that can lead to death. Many of us hear that marijuana kills brain cells but in reality, studies show teens that use marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains.
Billions of dollars are spent at the state, local, and federal level to fight the use of marijuana. Millions are arrested for marijuana offenses and sentenced for extended periods. Marijuana has negative effects on the human health and high potential for addiction. Legalizing marijuana will eliminate the black market, which is responsible for the increase in violence, crime, and corruption. Resources used for mass incarceration in the war on drug can be redirected to rehabilitation to decrease drug abuse and addiction.
Marijuana and alcohol differ in how they affect the body and mind, in their long- term effects and in the number of fatalities resulting from their consumption. Marijuana affects both the body and the mind. Marijuana affects the cardiovascular system and relaxes the user’s nervous system. An increase in the blood pressure and heart rate is a factor with the use of marijuana. Marijuana can also impair balance and coordination which leads to the risk of hurting oneself (Brownstein, 2014).
Marijuana can have very damaging affects on a person?s brain. It can impair a person?s short-term memory, decision-making and signal detection (Cannabinoids). ?In one study conducted in Memphis, TN, researchers found that, of 150 reckless drivers who were tested for drugs at the arrest scene, 33 percent tested positive for marijuana? (Marijuana). After having used marijuana a person?s driving skills are impaired.
What these critics do not explain, is the reason other more harmful drugs like tobacco and alcohol have been legalized despite their destructive nature. Realistically, the reason many people continue using marijuana is because of its advantages to the human body, these advantages are so many. Marijuana helps the body in many ways; these are tested and proven medicinal purposes. Many medical experts have carried extensive tests to determine the effects that marijuana has on human beings. In most cases, the results have been positive; positive in that they support the use of marijuana; this is because they find out that the drug has more advantages than disadvantages to the human body.
This is the case of Marijuana, which has long been subject to the same treatment as other, illegal, drugs and, despite it’s many benefits, is currently illegal in The Greater United States. Marijuana is not only less dangerous than other drugs, legal or otherwise, but provides many medical benefits. And yet, someone in The United States found using or possessing the substance can face harsh jail time. Marijuana should be legalized because it would provide medical benefits, help the economy, and it is no more harmful than other legal substances. A term often flung about in opposition of Marijuana is “Gateway Drug.” A term that, of all arguments against Marijuana Legalization, has had one of the most demonizing effects.