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Proponents would argue that marijuana is not addicting and that it is easier to stop smoking it than other drugs. According to Scheel (2014) states that they do not see any rapid development of physical dependence- many users will smoke the drug sporadically for many months and years. Another reason proponents argue that marijuana should be legal since a majority of the American population uses marijuana proponents believe that it can potentially increase economic growth by taxing it, just like Colorado and Washington. If there were taxation on marijuana there would be more control over the distribution of the substance and the growers, which will ultimately limit adolescent
Almost every American has heard of marijuana and its many nicknames such as weed, MJ, Mary Jane, cannabis, etc. “Nearly 100 million Americans use marijuana.” (“About Marijuana”) NORML, an organization that advocates changing marijuana laws, states, “Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America behind alcohol and tobacco.” (“About Marijuana.”) If this many people are using it, why has it not been legalized? Some would say it should remain illegal because it hurts people and is harmful to society. To a point, it can be hurtful to people and harmful to society by creating overeaters and mellowed out, couch-bums; however, marijuana itself has never been shown to kill anyone. It is just like alcohol and tobacco.