The Blunt Truth: Marijuana Should not Be Illegal

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How many more times are you going to be lied to by the government? The government has made it seem like the marijuana plant is a drug that has no good use and is bad for the people. But that’s not true. They keep it illegal for reasons to benefit them. Marijuana has so many reasons why it should be legal. It should be legalized for 3 main reasons:It is safer than other substances that our legal, it could help with a wide range of different medical conditions,and it could be very beneficial and help the economy and industry. Marijuana Vs. Cigarettes and Alcohol Marijuana is by far safer than both cigarettes and alcohol, two substances that are legal in the U.S and all over the world. Many people will argue that marijuana is more harmful than the two, but thats not the case. Cigarettes and alcohol are much more dangerous and addictive than marijuana. Cigarettes contain nicotine which hardens your arteries and is responsible for heart disease. Cigarettes is also the number one cause for lung cancer, while compounds found in cannabis has shown to kill different types of cancer. Tobacco causes about 443,000 deaths annually, while marijuana has still not caused a single one. (American Cancer) Alcohol, unlike marijuana, contributes to aggressive behavior. “Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that 36 percent of hospitalized assaults and 21 percent of all injuries are attributable to alcohol use by the injured person.” (safer choice) There are 5,000,000 violent crimes a year due to alcohol. According to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) , alcohol is the “most commonly used chemical in crimes of sexual assault.” Marijuana has not been linked to any kind of violence. Alcohol causes apx. 37,000 deaths annua... ... middle of paper ... ...hemselves and their country. .Works Cited American Cancer Society. "Cigarette Smoking." American Cancer Society. American Cancer Society, 17 Jan. 2013. Web. Cox, Ted. "14 Kinds of Jobs Sustained by Marijuana." AlterNet. Alternet, 21 Sept. 2011. Web. "The Economics of Marijuana Legalization." DEBT.org. DEPT.org, n.d. Web. Environmental and Economic Benefits of Hemp. "Environmental and Economic Benefits of Hemp." Environmental and Economic Benefits of Hemp. Environmental and Economic Benefits of Hemp, n.d. Web. Green, Johnny. "Smoking vs. Vaporizing Marijuana." The Weed Blog. The Weed Blog, 17 Aug. 2012. Web. Safer Choice. "Marijuana vs. Alcohol." SAFER Choice. SAFER Choice, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. Smith, Dave. "'Medical' Marijuana:10 Health Benefits That Legitimize Legalization." International Business Times. International Business Times, 08 Aug. 2012. Web
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