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Many people do not want it to be legal in their states because they are afraid of the gangs that come with the drugs. In fact, there are so many enraged people, upset with the locations of marijuana dispensers, in Los Angeles that they are shutting down more than 400 medical marijuana dispensers (Wood, 2010). Some were close to schools, churches, and parks had brought complaints from neighbors for attracting gangs and criminal elements (Wood, Los Angeles cuts back on medical marijuana dispensaries., 2010). Under new law there are only to be 70 medical marijuana dispensers. If the number falls down below that then a drawing will be done to fill the vacant spot (Wood, Los Angeles cuts back on medical marijuana dispensaries.,
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The topic of legalizing marijuana is a very controversial issue in American politics today. Marijuana has been vilified in America for over 70 years. Despite it’s many practical uses, medicinal and industrial, our Federal government insists on maintaining the status quo that the growth, possession and use of marijuana is criminal despite the evidence that the legalization of marijuana would have a positive influence on America. The illegality of marijuana has hurt society more than it has helped, legalization would benefit America both economically and medically. Twenty years ago, only 16% of the public said the use of marijuana should be legal and 81% said it should not be legal.
Legalize Marijuana in California Our society teaches us that the use of drugs can be dangerous and harmful to our health. We are taught in school, church, and by our parents to not use drugs because over time the end result could be very harmful and/or fatal to our mind and body. The fact of the matter is any substance that can alter the natural state of mind, or body can be considered a drug. Drug abuse is described as the use of illegal, the misuse of prescription medication, or over the counter medication. For example your common over the counter medication includes cough medication, aspirin, or nasal decongestants all of which are considered a drug.