There has been a major debate on if marijuana should be made legal. Statistics show that about 443, 000 people die every year due to a tobacco related illness and there has been no evidence to support that there have been fatalities that are marijuana related. Tobacco is harmful to the lungs and can cause lung cancer, bronchitis, and emphysema. Jacques and van Luling (2013) explained that in 2010, 38, 329 people died from drug overdoses. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In that same year, 25, 692 people died from alcohol-related causes. Cannabis is used by twenty five million annually, and is currently the largest cash crop. An addition to that, marijuana has been proven to help and even cure some medical sickness. It is known to be effective in reducing the nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy. In fact, more than twenty medical studies prove that cannabis can have an effective treatment on cancer. The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 B.C. by Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The emperor lauded the drug as a miracle cure for rheumatism and gout.
Marijuana is a plant that comes from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant; it is usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria, which is a feeling or state of happiness. The plant has many street names weed, pot, ganja, hash, grass, Mary Jane, Acapulco gold, reefer, bud, and dope.
Marijuana is not lethal and it is way safer than alcohol. It is scientifically proven that marijuana is not toxic to humans; marijuana overdoses are nearly impossible. Marijuana is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. Most marijuana users develop a tolerance to many of marijuana’s side effects, and those who do not, choose to stop using the drug—whereas it is harder to break the habit of drinking and smoking cigarettes.
Over 100 Americans have admitted to smoking cannabis in the past year. Over 50 million Americans smoke cannabis on a regular basis-while 1 in 10 teens smoke it more than 20 times a month. Forty-five percent of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal.
Connor disagrees, “There are many negative effects that marijuana has on a person ‘s body. Marijuana causes loss of coordination, memory, judgment and perception. This could severely harm the person doing the drug and the people around the person. For example, the lack of coordination could harm a child if the user is a baby sitter. The person could drop a baby or be unable to catch a child falling down. Loss of memory could cause a student ‘s grades to drop. The loss of good judgment could cause a person to attack another for unimportant reasons. The loss of perception could cause an individual to get into a car accident and injure the people in his car and other innocent bystanders.”
Many say that marijuana is harmful to the body but so is fast food, but people continued to eat it every day. Fast foods are filled with cholesterol and fats. Caffeine is also harmful to the body but people drink sodas and coffee daily.
Dumouch23 states, “I believe that marijuana should not be legalized until they can prove marijuana to be beneficial to society. We should not allow a substance to be freely used in society if we do not fully know the long term effects or implications the drug will have on users.”
Smoking marijuana is known to make users calm and mellow, but alcohol makes drinkers act in an unacceptable manner. Many rape cases and accidents have happened because of intoxication.
Each year 750, 000 individuals are arrested on marijuana charges. Marijuana cases are pointless because no matter what, it will still be used. It makes the justice system more expensive because jail cells are being occupied by individuals who are charged with marijuana possession, when they could be used for drunk drivers who have killed someone. Twenty-six percent of those marijuana arrests are accounted for by blacks (“Top Ten Reasons”, 2007). In
New York City studies have that black and Hispanics account for the majority or marijuana possession arrests.
Some do not realize that if marijuana is legalized, it can be taxed, which could produce considerable revenue. The government says that they cannot tax it, but they are steadily hiring people to grow it for medical purposes. Washington and Colorado legalized cannabis for recreational use this past October. They have estimated tax revenues of over $550 Million from this legalization. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia currently have a form of medical marijuana policy.
A pro to legalizing marijuana is keeping it out of the hands of kidsteenagers. If the cannabis is made legal, it could be sold and store and when purchased, ID must be shown—this would cut down on underage smoking.
Twenty-six states have pending marijuana legislation, both medical and legal. 8 of these states have a legitimate chance to legalize recreational use.
Another reason marijuana should be legalized is because some religions use it. Why should the government stop their practices or rituals
It is known that four presidents of the United States, including President Obama have smoked marijuana. Some other big names that are known to have smoked before are Justin Timberlake, Cameron Diaz, Bob Marley, only to name a few.
In conclusion, marijuana is not harmful and is not lethal. It is known to cure some illnesses and also prevent some. Alcohol and tobacco are more harmful than marijuana because they are known to cause harm to the body and deaths. If the cannabis was legalized it would stay out of the hands of underage smokers.
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