Why Marijuana Should Be Legal For People 18 & Over

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In my opinion marijuana should be legalized, regulated and sold safely for those who are at least 18 years of age. There are many reasons why I feel this way. First off in the article “The Top Ten Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal “ they state that there are millions of regular marijuana smokers in America and millions more infrequent smokers. The article also states that marijuana is clearly less harmful than legal drugs such as alcohol. This article also informs us that marijuana has positive attributes as both a medicine and a recreational drug without very many side effects. Those are just a few of the many reasons why it should be legal. In the article “Top Ten Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal” they state that it is a scientific fact that marijuana is not toxic to humans. It is nearly impossible to overdose on marijuana, unlike other legal and illegal substances that can cause death when being used for the first time with very little amounts. The writer of the article mentions how prohibition has failed to control the use and domestic product of marijuana. The government has tried to use criminal penalties for the past 75 years , yet marijuana is still used by 25 million people annually. Thinking that marijuana is going to be completely eliminated from America is a silly fantasy. Right now, marijuana is the biggest cash crop in the United States. A regulated marijuana market would also reduce the sales of the “drug” to teenagers. Teenagers would also not be exposed to different types of other illegal drugs such as pills or cocaine if they are not exposed to illegal marijuana. Another great reason they give in that article is adults have shown over the past centuries that it is possible to be moderately used without h... ... middle of paper ... ...e alcohol, cigarettes and different kind of pills as medications are all legal they all pose much more of a threat than marijuana does. Also, in my opinion we as adults should be able to make a decision of whether we want to use marijuana or not. This is a topic that is never going to go away so instead of fighting it for the next 20 and plus years to come marijuana should be sold safely, regulated and taxed. Works Cited Michelle Alexander. “Legalizing and Ending a Gross Injustice.” Web log post. Room for Debate. New York Times, 22 May.2013. Web 22 Oct.2013. Mark A.R. Kleiman. “How To Regulate and How Not to.” Web log post. Room for Debate. New York Times, 10 Dec.2009. Web 22 Oct.2013. “Why Marijuana Should Be Legal For Adults.” CNN Opinion. 09. Jan 2013. Web. 22 Oct.2013, “Top Ten Reasons Why Marijuana Should Be Legal.” AlterNet. 31 Aug 2007. Web. 22 Oct.2012.

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