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Decriminalization of Marijuana in Canada

- In recent years, there has been a strong push towards decriminalizing marijuana in Canada. Decriminalization refers to the act of removing criminal sanctions, such that possession of marijuana as well as consumption of it would not result in a criminal prosecution. Currently, under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, possession of marijuana (up to 30 grams) carries a penalty of 6 months in jail as well as a $1000 fine for first offences with the penalty increasing for subsequent offences....   [tags: removing criminal sanctions for use and posession]

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Decriminalization of Marijuana in Canada

- Marijuana is currently a hot topic of debate throughout Canada, and has been for the past few years. Marijuana was first banned in 1923 under the Opium and Drug Act, but since 1997 the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act have controlled it. In 2000, over 30,000 Canadians were charged with possession of marijuana. Currently, the marijuana laws are not enforced equally across the country, which has prompted the interest in changing the laws or possibly decriminalizing marijuana. Also, those convicted of marijuana related crimes usually don’t go to jail, but they do receive a criminal record....   [tags: legalization of marijuana in canada]

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Decriminalization Of Marijuana

- This nation's so-called war on drugs has been a miserable failure. It hasn't' worked. The drug problem is getting worse. I think it is the number one problem facing this country today. I think that we as people and our politicians really need to put all of our options into perspective, and one of the things we need to talk about is decriminilization. Common sense or logic would dictate that when you take this issue on, when you talk about legalization or decriminalization, if you are going to talk about that, you are going to have to talk about taking it in steps, and certainly the first step would be marijuana....   [tags: legalization of hash]

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Decriminalization of Marijuana

- Decriminalization of Marijuana Think for a minute about alcohol. It's something we are well accustomed to in our every day lives. We associate it with celebrations, parties, relaxation, and many other things that involve leisure. What else do we associate alcohol with. How about drunk driving and the deaths that occur as well. The thought of alcoholism and the destruction of the body as well families might spring in to mind. Now think about marijuana. Pot is something we all have been taught is next to sin....   [tags: Papers]

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Decriminalization and Legalizing Marijuana in America

- Marijuana prohibition in the American criminal laws is quite exceptional. There are no other laws that are both enforced so widely and severely across the country, but yet considered unnecessary by such an overwhelming portion of the country’s populace. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States.” The advocacy group National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws claims that marijuana is the third-most popular recreational drug in America, behind only alcohol and tobacco....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]

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Decriminalization and Regulation of Marijuana

- Marijuana has a long standing history of being one of the most controversial substances in America. While the history or the Cannabis plant indicates not only acceptance as a useful plant, but even advocated as a source of revenue and medicinal usage, much of the United States government propaganda over the last 100+ years has led Americans to accept very slighted and often false information about the plant and its uses. Based on the origin of the illegalization of marijuana and the inconsistent findings of its effects in comparison to other substances, both legal and illegal, marijuana should be decriminalized and treated as a recreational substance just as alcohol and tobacco are....   [tags: Drugs]

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Social and Economic Benefits of Marijuana Decriminalization

- ID: NL31675 To: Problem Amidst new reports indicating the economic cost of lost productivity from drug-related incarcerations is considerably higher than the cost associated with drug use, this brief aims to communicate our findings regarding the social and economic benefits of federal decriminalization of marijuana. Outlining The Problem In 2010, the U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion battling the war on drugs, at a rate of about $500 per second (Miron & Waldock, 2010). The number of people incarcerated for nonviolent offenses increases every decade, with 50,000 behind bars in 1980 and over 400,000 in 1997 (Drug Policy Alliance, 2013)....   [tags: taxable, medicinal, legislation]

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Marijuana Should Be Legal

- Today it is not uncommon to be watching television and come across an advertisement promoting the use of alcohol and cigarettes. Both substances are detrimental to your health, and have no medical value yet both are legal to anyone of age. To a Cancer or AIDS patients seeking relief from marijuana, these commercials must be difficult to bear. Peter McWilliams stated, "Marijuana is the finest anti-nausea medication known to science, and our leaders have lied about this consistently. (Arresting people for) medical marijuana is the most hideous example of government interference in the private lives of individuals....   [tags: The Decriminalization of Marijuana]

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Possible Approaches to Minify Adverse Societal Effects of Elicit Drug Abuse

- Illicit drugs, narcotics and other psychotropic substances have always been a part of our society. And as a community of well intentioned and well meaning responsible members of the society, we have collectively been at the fore front of the fight against the illegal marketing and improper use of these drugs. We accept that the extreme practices as regards illicit drugs have had significant impact on our society and it is our desire and responsibility to eliminate or at worse minify the adverse effect of these practices on our world....   [tags: decriminalization, addiction, marijuana]

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Marijuana Decriminalization

- The Canadian government has created many laws with the intention of ameliorating the quality of life of its citizens. Unfortunately, in some instances these laws and policies become public nuisances that do more harm than good. This has become the case with the federal government’s decision to criminalize marijuana under the Narcotics Act. This legislation was created by bureaucrats without fully weighing its advantages and disadvantages in an attempt to protect Canadian citizens from the effects of marijuana, which include a loss of coordination and temporary memory loss....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Case Against Legalizing Marijuana

- Aside from taking into consideration the possible tax revenues after legalization and adverse health effects associated with marijuana use, the issue of government enforcement of the laws still stands as a point of contention. Even five decades after the Equal Rights Act of 1964, there is disproportionate enforcement of the law on minorities, especially marijuana related laws. The anonymous author of “Government Must Legalize Marijuana” correctly claims that roughly 33% of marijuana related arrests were of African Americans, when Africans American comprise of only 14% of marijuana users....   [tags: decriminalization, substance abuse]

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Should Marijuana be Legalized in Trinidad and Tobago?

- Topic: To what extent should marijuana be legalized in Trinidad and Tobago. In Trinidad and Tobago the use and possession of marijuana is illegal. This research paper therefore presents a discussion on the legal debate of marijuana highlighting the legal issues and discussing to what extent should marijuana be legalized in Trinidad and Tobago. The first legal issue that is discussed in this paper is the harsh or punitive nature of the Dangerous Drug Act and the classification of marijuana. Cannabis Sativa, or any other name it is referred to, be it Ganja, marijuana, weed, or “Mary Jane” under the Dangerous Drugs Act it is classified as a dangerous drug, and is included in the First Schedu...   [tags: current legislation, decriminalization]

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Marijuana's Fate in a Progressing American Society

- Marijuana is a drug of widespread use and acceptance, similar to alcohol during the years of prohibition. Many people in the 1920s held an outward façade of disapproval to alcohol consumption, but there was an entire underground society of alcohol users in speakeasies. Similarly, there is an unseen society of marijuana users; however, aside from this subversive population, which stays hidden, there is a portion of marijuana users that are outspoken and openly argue for its legalization. Many of the proponents of legalization argue that its legalization will benefit the country by establishing new revenue streams through taxation and evading the disproportionate prosecution of specific demogr...   [tags: decriminalization, legalization, substance abuse]

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Legalization of Marijuana in British Columbia and Canada

- The marijuana prohibition in British Columbia and Canada is an issue that needs to be addressed; it does not reduce the total number of people using the substances, increases the cost spent on law enforcement, and is a six billion dollar industry in B.C alone that we are unable to tax (Maclean, 2005). In this paper we will examine three innovations British Columbia could enact the first is legalization of marijuana in B.C and Canada, exploring decriminalization, and leaving the marijuana laws the way they are....   [tags: decriminalization or leaving things as they are]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- The era in the United States known as Prohibition, which lasted from 1920-1933, banned the sale and production of alcohol in the country. This ban is so famous because of its great failure. Despite the constitutional ban, alcohol was regularly produced and consumed by the public which led to a rise in “bootleggers” and “speakeasies”. This Prohibition era is very similar to the ban on marijuana that is in effect in most of the nation today. Both substances were, and are currently shown frequently in the media through television shows, movies, and music and in most cases the dangers of the substances are not accurately portrayed....   [tags: Addiction, Cannabis, Decriminalization]

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The Dangers Of Marijuana Be A Controversial Topic Through Canada

- The dangers of marijuana have become a controversial topic through Canada. One of the main issues concerning marijuana are whether or not it benefits our Canadian citizens. On one hand, people who support the consuming of marijuana, hold that it will benefit our nation by keeping it healthy. Those opposed to it argue that it does not benefit the country since it reaches younger children and it provokes health issue within consumers. Millhorn, Monaghan, Montero, Reyes, Roman, Tollasken and Walls (2009) assert how our citizens openly opine with a positive attitude towards consumption of marijuana....   [tags: Drug addiction, Decriminalization, Addiction]

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A Case Against the Legalization of Marijuana

- The issue of legalizing marijuana has been widely discussed and debated throughout the country. Many people debate whether or not marijuana should be legalized. There are those who feel it should be decriminalized, and there are some people who feel it should remain a controlled substance. Each writer sorts through many valid points. I believe the time has come for us to accept the fact that the use of marijuana is not beneficial; it is harmful to our lives, and negatively impacts society and youth....   [tags: drugs, health, decriminalization]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- To legalize, or not to legalize, that is the question. I am aware that this is not the question formed by Prince Hamlet in the Shakespeare play. However, Americans seem to mimic Hamlet indecisiveness when it comes to the legalization of marijuana. I am from California and although the state flower is not cannabis, it probably should be. Many Californians see nothing wrong with marijuana. As a matter of fact, it was not until I moved to Texas that I realized many people believe marijuana should remain as an illegal drug....   [tags: United States, Law, Decriminalization]

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Marijuana Should Be Legalized in the United States

- ... Since alcohol is taxed by the government and can only be purchased in a store with a valid ID proving that you are 21, it is much harder to get. Marijuana is much easier for minors to acquire then alcohol because the drug dealers don’t care who they are selling the drugs to, as long as they are paid. In a study, 34% of teens said that marijuana was the easiest drug to get, 31% of teens said cigarettes were the easiest drug to get, and 14% of teens said alcohol was the easiest drug to get. It has been shown that the government can’t completely stop the sale and distribution of any drug in the United States, so this could be a huge step to decreasing the amount of teens that consume the dr...   [tags: decriminalization, recreational use]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- A plant from the earth itself , Marijuana. When people see or hear that word , they will either be disgusted or enlightened for such a thing. In the up most recent decade , the legalization of marijuana has brought much attention to political standards and is something that is becoming more popular day by day. Although the western side of the United States has historically grown in conformity towards the recreational use of the "drug" , why is it so difficult to legalize the plant and let humans use what earth itself gave us....   [tags: United States, Law, Decriminalization, Cannabis]

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Legalization of Marijuana

- Marijuana, a substance that was used frequently during the colonial times, has taken a social downfall in recent times. Although it is still illegal to possess or use for any means by federal law, states like California and Arizona have taken steps in the other direction. The first known marijuana user dates all the way back to 2737 B.C. when Chinese Emperor Shen Nung wrote of the incredible euphoria he feels, and what he experiences after smoking marijuana (Guither). It caught on during the 1920’s....   [tags: Health, Marijuana]

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The Argument Against Decriminalization Of Drugs

- 1. Explain the arguments for and against the decriminalization of drugs in the U.S. The points of interest for decriminalization of medications in the U.S is that it would lessen assets the administration cost by disposing of consumptions on forbiddance authorization, for example, anxieties, arraignment, and detainment. The cash can rather be supported towards treatment for all clients, drug counteractive action, and wrongdoing control in different ranges. Correctional facility and jail would be cleared of the individuals who have been captured and charged for ownership and utilization of medications this would likewise chop down the stresses and exchanging of AIDS, in return for drugs....   [tags: Drug addiction, Recreational drug use, Drug]

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Medical Marijuana: A Safe and Effective Alternative Medication

- In today’s society, there are certain diseases that are debilitating and causing painful reactions to Americans throughout the United States. The patient with MS who cannot control the spasms created by their disease, the rheumatoid arthritis patient with pain so severe they cannot rest and nothing seems to be easing the pain. Then there is the AIDS patient who cannot eat, as they are so nauseated from the HIV medications that they are taking; these patients have just some of the disease scenarios that medicinal marijuana can help....   [tags: Medical Marijuana]

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Marijuana Legalization

- In the U.S. today, the use of recreational drugs and legislation concerning them revolves heavily around the most used illegal substance, marijuana. Marijuana is also known as cannabis, as well as a slew of other names, as it is derived from one of the three Cannabis plants: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Cannabis’ popularity can largely be accredited to its THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content. THC is the main psychoactive component found in cannabis that produces the “high” that marijuana users may experience....   [tags: Marijuana Law Reform, 2015]

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Canada Must Decriminalize Marijuana

- Would you deem Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Ted Turner, Al Gore, Stephen King, Robert Mitchum, Bill Maher, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Ross Rebagliati as criminals. Each of these people has admitted to smoking marijuana in the past. Would you throw any of these people along with millions of others in jail for such a crime. In recent Canadian news the topic of much controversial discussion has been the decriminalization of the possession of marijuana. The latest marijuana bill introduced proposes to decriminalize possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana....   [tags: Marijuana Legalization]

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The Legalization of Marijuana

- The debate over the legalization of marijuana is active in the United States. The problem is, most people aren’t fully educated on the good things that marijuana can bring forth. For thousands of years marijuana was not only legal, it was a common crop. It is only in the past ninety years or so that marijuana has been found to be not only unusable, buy also harmful and extremely illegal in the United States. With all the information I have received and statistics I have discovered, I am a strong advocate for the decriminalization of marijuana in the United States....   [tags: Legal Illegal Marijuana Pot Law]

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We Must Reform Marijuana Laws

- According to government figures, nearly 70 million Americans have smoked marijuana at some time in their lives. 18 million have smoked marijuana within the last year, and ten million are regular smokers. Almost all of the people arrested for marijuana are arrested for possession. And because of harsh federal and state penalties, these people may be sentenced to lengthy jail terms. This is an abuse of drug laws in a great nation. The marijuana laws need to be reformed, and the war against marijuana rethought....   [tags: Legalization of Marijuana]

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Legalization of Marijuana

- The legalization of marijuana has been questionable for many many years now, but the government just seems to always decline. I feel that marijuana should be legalized. There are many reasons for and against legalization, but the arguments for it outweigh the arguments against it. I believe marijuana should be legalized for three main reasons. Legalization will bring in much needed tax dollars, it will free up prisons and their resources, and it will save the U.S tons of money. If marijuana is legalized, it can be taxed by the federal government, like alcohol and cigarettes are now....   [tags: Argumentative, Marijuana Legalization]

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The Argumentr Regardingf The Decriminalization Of Cannabis

- The Argument Over the Decriminalization of Cannabis The majority of Americans choose the same issues as the most threatening to the nation. Invariably among these one will see “drugs” as a major concern of most Americans. There is speculation that this is due to a perceived association between drugs and crime (Inciardi 1). A good deal of the argument over government policy towards drugs centers on the least unhealthy and most socially accepted of the illegal drugs, marijuana. Marijuana, scientifically known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, belongs to its own group among other legal and illegal drugs....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Medicinal Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized

- For the past fifty years, heated debates over the topic of the decriminalization of marijuana have been a great controversy among politicians. Some politicians believe that marijuana for the use of medicine should be outlawed. As Congressman Bob Barr in his debate with radio talk show host Neil Boortz on May 14, 2002, stated, "There is no legitimate medical use whatsoever for marijuana. This [marijuana] is not medicine. This is bogus witchcraft. It has no place in medicine, no place in pain relief, and it has no place around our children." However, this illicit drug can help the terminally ill patient recover, or at least provide comfort from the persistent, overbearing suffering....   [tags: pro medical marijuana]

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decriminilization of marijuana

- Every year our government spends more than nineteen billion dollars to eradicate it’s use in the United States. About seventeen thousand people were arrested last year because of it. We spend twenty thousand dollars a year per inmate to hold these jailbirds captive. Who are these dangerous criminals you ask. Stoners. One argument against the decriminalization of marijuana is why would we want to introduce another intoxicant into our society when alcohol and cigarette smoking is already so damaging....   [tags: legal cannabis]

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Drug Problems May Decreased If Marijuana Is Legalized

- From the executive that sits behind his desk collecting his money, to the drug dealer on the street trying to make his money in order to survive, the drug dealing business gives money to criminals, while innocent users are being put away in jail. The issue of legalization and/or decriminalization of marijuana use have been a highly controversial issue over the years. At present, it is a crime to possess and use the drug commonly known as weed or pot. While the government has spent almost 10 billion dollars a year fighting the war on drugs, members of the medical field have spent their dollars in much wiser ways(): Medicinal Marijuana....   [tags: legalization of marijuana]

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It's Time to Decriminalize Marijuana

- It's Time to Decriminalize Marijuana Currently, drugs remain high on the lists of concerns of Americans and are considered one of the major problems facing our country today. We see stories on the news about people being killed on the street every day over drugs. To many people drugs are only an inner-city problem, but in reality they affect all of us - users and non-users. I believe that the negative affects we associate with drugs would be greatly reduced if the United States adopted a policy towards the total decriminalization of marijuana....   [tags: Marijuana Drugs Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Marijuana Should Be Legalized

-               In a country where tobacco products and alcohol are legal, I have always wondered, why not cannabis?  Why did this plant still have the stigma of being illegal when it does not cause any deaths, is not nearly as physically addicting, nor as harmful as its legal counterparts?  Clearly, the law of marijuana prohibition is one that is up for debate and one that is up for change.   Currently, many state laws have been passed that are either decriminalizing marijuana or allowing it for purely medicinal purposes.  Although these laws are moving towards legalization, they do not come close to the actual goal.  The definition of “legalization” advocates are striving to reach refers to...   [tags: legalizing marijuana 2014]

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Slowly Moving Towards Legalizing Marijuana

- For the past ninety years, marijuana has been an enemy to drug agencies, government officials, and presidential administrations. Smoke Signals, a book about the oppressive and beneficial history of marijuana, is written as an effective argument while highlighting the plant in many different social settings. Cannabis use can be traced back to the Neolithic Period (10,200-4500 BC). Since then, nearly every culture continued to use marijuana for personal reasons, causing information to surge throughout the world....   [tags: Legal Marijuana, 2015]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized Medical Marijuana?

- According to recent scientific development, marijuana legalization or in some cases decriminalization, has indicated have more positive impacts on American society than negative impacts. It has proved to be an effective pain reliever. Marijuana relieves neuropathic pain (pain from nervous problems), cures nausea, glaucoma and is a great appetizer for patients suffering from HIV/Aids. Recent studies have argued that Marijuana use prevents an onset of particular types of malignant tumors and may lead to suppression of pain in cancer patients....   [tags: Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country, Hashish]

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Medical Marijuana: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- Marijuana has been used as medicine since the beginning of time, but because of the bad reputation surrounding marijuana you wouldn’t believe that marijuana first use was for medical purposes. Marijuana dates all the way back to 2900 BC, in China, where the Chinese emperor Fu Hsi noted that cannabis was a very popular medicine that possessed both yin and yang. The Egyptians also used cannabis for glaucoma, inflammation, and enemas. In India, they use Bhang, a drink of cannabis and milk, as an anesthetic and anti-phlegmatic....   [tags: history, law, tax, ethical]

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The Solution to the Immoral, Unwinnable War on Drugs

- ... Medical marijuana is common in the USA and Canada for conditions such as crohn's disease, whereas in the UK the continued blanket ban on forms of cannabis that aren't GW Pharmaceuticals' Sativex means that costs are too high for it to be used to help sufferers (Erhorn, 2010). Decriminalization would be a solution to all these problems, and more. Decriminalization: Why this is the route our nation must take. Economically intelligent: There is no doubt that decriminalising drugs would be an economically smart move for the United Kingdom to take....   [tags: incarceration, decriminalization, economics]

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Decriminalization of Cannabis would be legal

- Marijuana Legal or Illegal Cannabis, sold as marijuana, hashish and hash oil, is the most frequently used illicit drug in Canada. Roughly one in four Canadian adults report having used cannabis at some time in their lives. Cannabis use has been on the rise among young people. “For example, a 1997 Addiction Research Foundation survey found that 25 per cent of Ontario junior high school students used cannabis in the previous year, up from 13 per cent in 1993.” (cannabae) Knowing this, should the United States legalize cannabis....   [tags: hash legal, persuasive essay]

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The Legalization of Marijuana

- According to Holland, “Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.” (141) There are millions of people that use marijuana annually, and many that use daily. This paper will go over the medical benefits and effects, the political effects, and the laws associated with the drug. Marijuana legalization is creating a huge debate in the United States, and both sides provide extensive research and information on the topic. According to Holland, “there have been no substantiated deaths related solely to marijuana use....   [tags: medicine, laws, opinions]

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Legalization of Marijuana

- The war on drugs is an unwinnable war. This is perhaps most evident with marijuana. Not only are we losing the war against marijuana but the consequences of current marijuana policy, some would argue are far worse than the effects of the drug itself. And public sentiment on the matter seems to be changing. Perhaps it’s time to change for the government to change strategies and legalize or at least decriminalize recreational marijuana use. According to the March 2013 DEA Fact Sheet the agency’s budget for 2012 was $2.87 billion dollars....   [tags: Recreational Use, Public Sentiment]

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Why Marijuana Should Not be Legalized

- Legalization or decriminalization of marijuana is opposed by a vast majority of American’s and people around the world. Leaders in Marijuana prevention, education, treatment, and law enforcement adamantly oppose the substance, as do many political leaders. However, pro-drug advocacy groups, who support the use of illegal drugs, are making headlines. They are influencing decision making thru legislation and having a significant impact on the national policy debate here in the United States and in other countries....   [tags: Drugs ]

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Decriminalization Vs. Prohibition

- Decriminalization vs. Prohibition The idea of Drug Prohibition made sense: lower the availability of drugs by the use of law enforcement. Unfortunately, Drug Prohibition means heavy costs while proving to be ineffective and counterproductive. I was thirteen when I saw drugs for the first time. I was with some of my friends that live down the road from me. They asked me if I wanted to get high with them. At the time, I didn't know what getting high meant, so I asked them. One of them pulled ut a long slender object, similar to a cigarette, but twisted on either end....   [tags: essays research papers]

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I Support the Decriminalization of All Drugs

- When societies finally become comfortable with reality, they begin to abandon the murderous laws that impede their growth. Currently, the social stigma and legislated morality regarding the use of illicit drugs yield perhaps the most destructive effects on American society. Drug laws have led to a removal of non-violent citizens from society- either directly by incarceration or indirectly by death - that is genocidal in quantity and essence. I base my support of the decriminalization of all drugs on a principle of human rights, but the horror and frustration with which I voice this support is based on practicality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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What the Futures Holds for Marijuana

- ... (63) This effect alone is prove that marijuana doesn’t have the same effects of others drugs that causes people to get crazy. Since the drug offer positive effect, it also give the negative effects as well. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has reported that people that have use marijuana has cause people to “disrupts coordination and balance”. (37) With that statement, it has the same effect as alcohol, which also impairs the person coordination. With the positive and the negative effects presented marijuana can be either those effects since it also depends on the user themselves....   [tags: legalization, medicinal, recreational purposes]

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The Dual Purpose Of Marijuana

- The Dual Purpose of Marijuana To begin, there is more than one purpose for marijuana in this world. If the criminal justice system took the time to explore the endless possibilities that marijuana provides there would be a positive adjustment made within society. When hearing marijuana or weed one may instantly imagine a person smoking out of a bong with a tie-dye shirt on listening to reggae music or one may picture a drug dealer who happens to be African American dealing drugs out of an abandoned apartment....   [tags: Medical cannabis, Cannabis, Crime]

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Marijuana Legalization throughout the World

- ... The premise behind this is that they see marijuana as a gateway drug, and that people who use it will consequently move towards more hardcore and harmful drugs such as heroin or cocaine. To stop this they arrest over 700,000 Americans yearly for possession of marijuana. These law-breaking “convicts” are forced into a prison system that transforms them from first-time offenders into hardened criminals. To enforce this system, the government spends a ludicrous 7.7 billion dollars per year. About 2.4 million people use marijuana for the first time every year and most will never be arrested for it, but some, usually low-income people of color, will....   [tags: economy, treatment, cannabis, cultures]

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Financial Benefits of legalizing marijuana

- Just as alcohol prohibition during the 20’s and 30’s was not successful, marijuana prohibition has not been successful either, as evidenced by its current and increasing popularity in the United States. According the deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Mr. Paul Armentano, marijuana was made illegal in the United States with the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 (2014). Later, Congress classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 (Armentano, 2014)....   [tags: controlled substance act, crime, health]

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The Future of Marijuana in the United States

- American politicians are constantly finding themselves in a heated debate concerning the legalization of marijuana. Currently the no’s have it but the real question is how long will they be able to keep it that way. Since, "To the agriculturist, cannabis is a fiber crop; to the physician, it is an enigma; to the user, a euphoriant; to the police, a menace; to the trafficker, a source of profitable danger; to the convict or parolee and his family, a source of sorrow" (Mikuriya, 1969). Introduction The future of marijuana in the United States is uncertain....   [tags: Drugs]

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Deliberation and Legalization of Marijuana

- Deliberation on the legalization and regulation of marijuana is divisive where one side argues for its economic contribution through taxes while the other argues against it because of the health concerns associated with prolonged marijuana use. On one hand, there are social and health issues that arise at the expense of marijuana legalization, which is bound to encourage prolonged use among youth who are then vulnerable to addiction and mental health problems. On the other hand, the economic and tax benefits that comes from legalizing marijuana are undoubtedly important because the money from the taxes can help regulate the consumption and prevent youth be affected by this drug as it’s has b...   [tags: British Columbia, drugs, health, economy]

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Marijuana Legalization : Aye Or Nay?

- Marijuana Legalization: Aye or Nay. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. Its uses can be for medicinal or recreational purposes. Twenty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, and only four states, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, have legalized marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2013, there were 19.8 million current users aged 12 or older. In other words, current users refer to people who had used marijuana 30 days prior to taking the survey....   [tags: Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country]

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Economic Effects of Legalization of Marijuana

- A majority of those who support the legalization of marijuana hold that it should be removed from the criminal justice system. They argue that it should be regulated in a way similar to that of tobacco and alcohol. They hold that legalizing and controlling the drug will bring it under the rule of law and thus help in creating job opportunities in the formal economy (Caulkins, 2013). This, as they contend, will be better than the current state where it creates occupations in the illegal market. In addition, by legalizing marijuana, law enforcement resources would be freed for use in protecting the safety of the public....   [tags: tax revenues,legalization,drugs,illegal market]

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Legalizing Marijuana Is our Solution

- Imagine you are lying in your home, suffering from the side-effects of chemotherapy and all you can do is think about how sick you are and what could possibly keep you from being secluded from life and happiness. Marijuana will prevent side-effects linked to terminal illnesses, does not cause any real harm to a humans well-being, and would increase US revenue due to taxation and also tourism. Well, according to Ed Rosenthal and Steve Kubby of the book Why Marijuana Should Be Legal, from which this viewpoint is excerpted....   [tags: Drugs ]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- Combining Medical and Recreational Marijuana- Has it Helped Medical Marijuana Users. We can all admit that Washington State has gone a little overboard with all the medical marijuana shops. In the city of Tacoma alone there are over 60 medical marijuana shops within City Limits. This comes as no surprised since Washington State is on the forefront of the legalization of marijuana in America. ("Marijuana Legalization.") Since the outright legalization of marijuana, copious amounts of unregulated medical marijuana shops have been taking over and abusing medical marijuana privileges instead of utilizing the recreational marijuana shops so new rules and regulations were made to facilitate the o...   [tags: Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country]

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Should Medical Marijuana Be Legal?

- In an article” Should Medical Marijuana be legal in Florida?” Professor J.J Colagrande, argues the state of Florida should pass a bill to legalize marijuana. Colagrande writes on how beneficial legalizing marijuana will be to the people of the state of Florida, and he is claiming that marijuana has never killed anyone. In addition Cologrande is using compassionate tone in this paragraph by saying “You’d have to be inhumane to not have empathy for people battling severe diseases, like epilepsy or cancer “(Cologrande)....   [tags: Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country, Law]

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The Legalization Of Marijuana Use

- Introduction Perhaps one of the most publicized transitioning of legislative change in Canada is the legalization of recreational marijuana use. As a result there is an abundance of literature that details both international and domestic prohibition and usage of cannabis. It also goes without surprise to mention the public divide in the decision to legalize the use of marijuana. Many people see marijuana as a gateway drug to the legalization of other illicit substances. Another issue at hand is the jurisdiction in for recreational marijuana use is unclear....   [tags: Cannabis, Hashish]

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The Legalization Of Marijuana Legalization

- The Legalization of Marijuana Marijuana has been in use for hundreds of years in India and Nepal, where it was used in many religious rituals. In the 1900’s, medical practitioners sold the drug under the name of cannabis, and consequently popularized the word among English speakers. Starting at 1860 and on, state governments began implementing regulations for sales of Marijuana. In 1894, there was a report released, at the request of the UK Secretary of State and the government of India, by the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission....   [tags: Cannabis, Hashish, Hemp]

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How Marijuana Will Not Work in U.S

- How Marijuana Will Not Work in U.S President of the United States, Barack Obama doesn’t think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol from his experience of smoking weed, and it is a good challenge for the U.S to legalize the cannabis (“Obama: Marijuana No”, 2014). Even President Obama is Pro-Marijuana Legalization, and the movement is on the peak as Colorado have totally legalized the recreational use of marijuana in 2014. In addition, Washington D.C. also tries to follow Colorado by collecting 25,000 signatures to have a initiative bill to the ballot on November (Noble, 2014)....   [tags: legalization, cannabis, cigarette, alcohol]

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Controversial Topics: Legalizing Marijuana

- Marijuana, used by almost 100 million Americans, is the third most favored recreational drug in America. Legalizing marijuana has been a controversial topic of discussion in the media, general popular culture, and government. The War on Drugs, more specifically the War on Marijuana, has been an strenuous, ongoing battle for decades. The benefits of legalizing marijuana, such as the economic and business gain, the extension of medical marijuana research, and controversial recreational uses, outweigh the risk of addiction and other negative side effects....   [tags: medical advantages of cannabis]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- Mary Jane. Ganga. Wacky Tobaccy. Reefer. Regardless of which moniker is used, cannabis is an organic, naturally occurring substance known for its psychoactive qualities. While cannabis is primarily known for being used as a recreational street drug, it is also considered to have powerful medicinal properties. When available as a legal medical option, cannabis is often prescribed to aide individuals suffering from cancer, glaucoma, or a variety of anxiety-disorders. Although marijuana is often referred to as a “gateway drug” to harder, chemical substances, many people advocate for the legalization of cannabis for recreational use....   [tags: Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- Introduction In the United States the cultivation, possession, transportation and sale of marijuana had been illegal until recently when economists, legislators and, started the push for legalization of the stuff claiming that legalizing it will be more beneficial than criminalizing it (Martel 90). The proponents argue that the marijuana is harmless and non-addictive than alcohol and other legalized drugs; the government can reduce expenses and increase revenue by decriminalizing the drug. They further argue that the government’s efforts to combat use of drugs has always failed thus it is pointless to continue criminalizing marijuana (Morgan 112)....   [tags: Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- I chose to look into how the recent decriminalization of marijuana in Philadelphia not only positively affects Philadelphians, but possibly how the legalization of marijuana could benefit America as a whole. Sad to say, but I personally know a wide range of people in Philadelphia whom have been imprisoned, due to marijuana possession. I know several individuals that smoke marijuana and I also know individuals that sell it. Personally, I’d rather them have a better path. My friends who sell marijuana, put their self in danger daily and I don’t like that....   [tags: Cannabis, Hemp, Cannabis, Illegal drug trade]

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Legalizing Marijuana in the United States

- Medical marijuana has being legalized in several states. Also marijuana is being decriminalized in many states. I agree with those both of these actions should expand. The Medical industry has realized the value of medicinal marijuana for treatment in cancer, diabetes, seizures, Crohn's disease as well as muscle spasms, poor appetite and weight loss , and nerve pain.Marijuana has being legal in the states of Colorado, Alaska, Washington D.C, Arizona, California and many more. But in some areas in the United States the use of marijuana is very serious and can cause you to make time in jail, as well as any other drugs....   [tags: medical industry, drug dealers]

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Benefits of Medical Marijuana

- In an the article titled medical use of marijuana the topic is that of people who uses marijuana for medical reasons verses those who uses it just because. There are indications that marijuana is sometimes used to alleviate pain from cancer, to reduce nausea from chemotherapy, and to mitigate the wasting syndrome of AIDS. Studies have suggested that the medical use of marijuana is common among people with HIV/AIDS (CAMJ). There was a survey that involved telephone interviews with Ontario male adults eighteen years and older and completed with 2508 people....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- The main objective of the Liberal government behind the policy of marijuana legalizing is to inhibit the distribution through the illegal way. Also, the Liberal government favors the plan to legalize marijuana to ensure its production, consumption, and supply should be the tax to increase the revenue of Canada. The objective for legalizing marijuana is to invest resources in educating people about the health risks and impacts of marijuana use, especially amongst youth. The Liberal government policy would like to legalize marijuana while enforcing strict punishment for illegal supply, production, and impaired driving under the influence....   [tags: Crime, Criminology, Mandatory sentencing]

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Legalization And Legalization Of Marijuana

- Sometimes seen in today’s media is the activity of marijuana enthusiasts and their difficult mission to have their drug legalized for recreational use. Through the efforts of these activists in the United States, decriminalization and legalization of marijuana has been considered and in some cases deemed legal by a few of the states. However, its consideration of legalization is not a spontaneous decision by the United States government nor the individual states, but is the result of ordinary citizens who support the use of marijuana actively disobeying the law and persistently expressing their ideas of how the laws surrounding marijuana should be defined....   [tags: Law, Civil disobedience, Protest, Plato]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- It goes by many names, including pot, grass, weed, hemp, hash, ganja, gas, and a dozen of others.Marijuana has been used by humans for many centuries. It was grew in Africa and Asia and merited because of its protein and omega-3 content. Marijuana may well have been the first cultivated speculation that Stone Age man may have used a wild herd to speed up this language skills. Some people think marijuana may have opened the door to greater consciousness. Cannabis is still inspiring new discoveries and a deeper understanding of health and nature.Marijuana has been always seen as a “safe” drug to use with no serious complications or side effects....   [tags: Cannabis, Hashish, Legality of cannabis by country]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- Montelongo 1 On November 8, 2016, 7,770,538 people voted in favor of proposition 64. Proposition 64 legalizes the use of recreational marijuana and allows people aged 21 and older to use it. The proposition also enforces both state and cultivation taxes. In addition, the number of plants is regulated to 3, while limiting purchases of marijuana to an ounce. People have been using medical marijuana legally since 2012, though medical marijuana is obtained with a medical card. Around that time some started using the drug for nonmedical purposes....   [tags: Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- Marijuana is a dried mixture of leaves that come in a variety of green/gray colors. They are derived from the hemp plant. They can be smoked (bong, pipe, cigarette, resin) or ingested (edibles, cooking). The effects from the plant come from the main chemical present called THC, and other similar cannabinoid compounds present in marijuana (NIH, 2016). Marijuana acts on brain cell receptors and makes them overact, this causes the “high” that users feel. Some rapid effects of euphoria, increased heart rate, and decreased pain....   [tags: Cannabis, Recreational drug use, Drug addiction]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- Most people should know what marijuana is, if anyone doesn’t have they been living under a rock. There are other names maybe someone would recognize if they didn’t know what marijuana was. Many people call it pot, weed, dope, joint, blunt, Mary Jane, tobacco, and many more. Marijuana comes from the plant Cannabis and is used for a drug or medicine. Most likely, the only people that will read this are those that smoke pot, or what some people call them, Potheads. There are also those that many people never realized were for legalizing marijuana including: Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, and actress Susan Sarandon....   [tags: Cannabis, Hashish, Legality of cannabis by country]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- In recent years, drug use has become very popular, especially among teenagers. In the past new drugs have been invented, but the most common use is cannabis. Cannabis is commonly known as marijuana, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant Intended for use as a physhoactive drug and as medicine. These drugs has been fully legalized in some states as California, Nevada, Colorado and other states, some has only legalized medical marijuana. Even though that marijuana can be very harmful, many people think that it should be legalized in all the states....   [tags: Cannabis, Legality of cannabis by country, Cancer]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- When the Rhode Island Legislative Session opened there was a lot of talk about whether the legalization of marijuana would be good or bad. All this talk made a lot of people pick a stance either for the legalization or against the legalization of marijuana. There are plenty of benefits that show why it should be legalized. This paper will go over the advantages of marijuana and how the Legislative deciding not to vote on the marijuana regulation control and taxation act effects Rhode Island’s article 14 the medical marijuana program....   [tags: Hemp, Cannabis, Law]

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Proposal of Marijuana Legalization

- Marijuana has a greater beneficial impact on society then many people realize. Marijuana should be legalized for medical as well as recreational purposes. This is a highly controversial issue that is being debated throughout the country. In essence marijuana is evaluated by the effectiveness of the drug. It is defined as the dried flowered clusters and leaves of a hemp plant smoked for the intoxicating effect. Whether it should be legalized or not is the real question. Many could argue that marijuana is destructive physically as well as mentally....   [tags: Drugs ]

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Should Marijuana Be Legal?

- Child Medicinal Cannabis Use The evolving modern medical practice of treating a variety of illnesses with medical marijuana is a highly controversial medical issue that has been in the media and political limelight for over a decade. The controversy of using cannabis to treat ailments is a boiling topic that is actively being debated and addressed nationwide. Along with this is a largely supported advocacy for the legalization of marijuana growth, distribution, and use for medical (in some states also recreational) reasons....   [tags: Medical cannabis, Cannabis, Medicine]

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Pro Legalization of Marijuana

- “Millions have died from cigarettes, yet they’re freely sold at stores. Alcohol has been the root cause of countless deaths… yet it can still be purchased. Every 19 minutes, someone in the US dies from prescription overdose. Who has died from marijuana. No one.” (Archer) Marijuana legalization is one of the most controversial topics of debate today. The thought that marijuana should be legalized is a smart one. It can help medical patients, decrease the crime rate, and help the economy. Humans have used marijuana for thousands of years....   [tags: cannabis use for recreation]

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

- What happens when you smoke marijuana. Is marijuana a “gateway” drug to other drugs. What is marijuana, aren’t there different kinds. These are all common questions asked by many around the world, from teens to the elderly are wondering what this “drug” is. The drug can cause multiple effects that is causing the world to demand the drug that is illegal in many countries. Over ninety-four million people in the US admitted to trying the drug at least once. "The current drug laws are doing more harm than good....   [tags: the gateway drug, cannabis]

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Marijuana Legalization

- The legalization of marijuana in the United States is a long and historically debated subject. Pro-legalization advocates provide many reasons for the decriminalization of marijuana; some of the reasons include, zero recorded deaths from direct use, wasting tax-payer money prosecuting non-violent offenders, and prohibition promotes organized crime. Anti-legalization organizers condemn legalization due to marijuana being considered a gateway drug, moral and religious opposition, legalization could lead to harder drugs being legalized, and the fear that legalization would enable the drug to be more accessible to children....   [tags: Drugs]

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The Legalization Of Marijuana For Medical And Recreational Use

- The legalization of marijuana, for both medical and recreational use, was prominent in the November 8, 2016 national election. Four states out of the five that had it on the ballot legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Three states voted to legalize medicinal marijuana, and one state (Montana) voted to reduce restrictions previously associated with their medical marijuana laws. In total, thirty states now have laws legalizing the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes.1¬¬¬¬ In Oklahoma, a state with a long standing tradition of very traditional and conservative voting, voters passed a bill decriminalizing2 simple drug possession as well as some property cr...   [tags: Cannabis, Recreational drug use]

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Medical Marijuana Legalized

- On November 5th, 1996 Ballot Proposition 215 was approved which removed criminal penalties for the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by anybody who has a written recommendation from their doctor saying he/she would benefit from medicinal marijuana. In recent years, the use of recreational marijuana has increased. More and more adolescents and adults are using marijuana on a day to day basis and that number is only just increasing. Marijuana has become not a big issue in our culture. In California, the use of recreational marijuana is still illegal but with the help of the media, the horrible stigma tied along to it is surely fading....   [tags: health, government, benefits]

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Marijuana Reform

- The decriminalization of marijuana is an incredibly controversial topic in the United States. Conservative views deem the drug dangerous and debilitating, while reformers suggest that legalizing the plant would have an enormous positive impact on the economy. While others, the terminally ill, wish for the plant to be legal so it can be offered as a less toxic and sometimes more effective alternative to harsh prescription drugs. an overwhelming wealth of facts that state the benefits marijuana can have medically. It’s not hard to believe that marijuana is the 3rd most popular recreational drug in America and Government polls say some 25 million Americans have smoked the plant in the past year...   [tags: Drugs]

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