THE EFFECTS OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
One of the most controversial and highly debated issues in the United States is over the legalization of marijuana. Other common names for marijuana are weed, pot, maryjane, grass, or cannabis. Marijuana has existed since ancient times, back then hemp fiber of the plant was used for making textile products Today, however, marijuana is more commonly known as an intoxicant drug. In the 1930's, laws were passed in the United States restricting its growth, sale, and consumption. Fourteen of fifty US states have legalized the medical use of marijuana. (marijuana facts.com). Millions of Americans have tried marijuana, and a large number have continued to use it on a regular basis. California is the most popular state for its medical marijuana laws and the most controversial. After researching the topic I feel that legalizing marijuana with certain conditions would benefit the U.S more than doing harm. Marijuana offers several medical benefits such as those for cancer patients, people with extreme back pain and glaucoma. The FDA could regulate the quality and safety of drugs and legalization would it also reduce street crime and free up police officers to go and focus their time and energy on harsher crimes affecting our world. Marijuana is a drug that most people have no problem getting a hold of, whoever wants to consume this drug they can easily do so and most likely will, so wouldn’t it be smarter to use this drug as an advantage then a disadvantage. We would save money if we could tax the drug and we would spend less money on trying to imprison and regulate the people using this drug. Alcohol and cigarettes cause more harm to the body then marijuana and they are perfectly legal. Yes, it may be a drug but people are still going to use it so why not try to make it into a more positive affective way for our state then a more negative one.
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