Marijuana is not a gateway drug, it's not physically addicting, and it doesn't kill brain cells... The propaganda surrounding marijuana is deceitful. It's time to wake up and realize this natural, God-given plant will only benefit society instead of being detrimental as many may think. It would cut down on prison space by legalizing marijuana. If you look at alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, look how many less gangs and crime there was after alcohol was legalized again.
Mohamed Alamoudi Why We Should Legalize Marijuana Many people believe that legalizing marijuana is only an issue of importance to “stoners” and other stigmatized groups in society; they couldn’t be more wrong. Marijuana is much less unhealthy than prohibition propaganda would lead you to believe. Furthermore, the government wastes vast resources on prosecuting and incarcerating nonviolent marijuana users. For these reasons, the United States should legalize and tax marijuana. The examples of the Netherlands and Portugal show that decriminalizing marijuana does not lead to “pot epidemics”.
Some people think that legalizing marijuana is the only choice left. (Legalizing Marijuana) Others who disagree say that making marijuana legal will create more drug addicts and drug related crimes. (Zive, 2010) The people that want to make marijuana legal say that there is no good reason for it not to be legal. (Why Marijuana Shouls be Legal) We should have the right to make choices for ourselves as long as we are not harming others with our choice. The use of marijuana is far less harmful than other
Although alcohol is legal, it does not mean that it is better for you. There are arguments going both ways where people suggest that marijuana should be legal because alcohol is more deadly, while there are alcoholics that would say smoking weed is bad for you. Both substances are bad for your health and should not be used heavily by anyone. Marijuana has an immediate effect on the user, which last for about two hours after smoking. A person drinking alcohol may start to feel the effects after just one drink, and recover depending on how much the person drank, body weight, and how much they may have had to eat before drinking.
The Legalization of Medical Marijuana Victoria Riley COM/156 April 30th, 2012 Elizabeth Dunham The Legalization of Medical Marijuana "Prohibition...goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." (Abraham Lincoln) Marijuana should be a legalized medical drug because it is a natural plant, reduces pain and also has little to no negative side effects. Marijuana was mentioned in the United States in 1857. A doctor named John Bell wrote in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal (Volume.
They believe that since alcohol and cigarettes are more dangerous so why shouldn’t it be legal if regulated in a similar manner. Many people are curious to see how this works for Colorado. With the passing of Amendment 64, marijuana will be distributed under the same guidelines as alcohol; meaning residents must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and possess the drug. Alcohol can lead to disorientation and uncontrolled behavior. Although marijuana can lead to a relaxed and euphoric feeling it will not cause you to make decisions you would not normally do.
Smoking marijuana to reduce the side effects of AIDS compromises the immune system and puts AIDS patients at a significant risk for infections and respiratory problems. A current scientific study show that Marinol (oral THC), is effective in increasing appetite but is ineffective in increasing weight
For instance, say a friend of mine has a debilitating disease and no other treatment works for her but she is prescribed marijuana for her disease and it helps her function at a normal level. I would then be all for it and support her in her wishes to use marijuana. “For one it has cancer fighting properties like THC, it helps alleviate symptoms of chemotherapy, appetite suppression, muscular dysfunctions of MS and other pain causing diseases” (Stolic, 2009). But at the same time I feel it is addictive to users that don’t have medical conditions. From experience I know a lot of people that smoke marijuana and seem to function on a normal level but at the same time I see them becoming more dependent on it and can’t seem to function without it.
Marijuana legalization would have social benefits. The most obvious benefit is the reduction of alcohol and hard drugs abuse. If marijuana were more readily available, the abuse of more harmful drugs like cocaine, heroin, and PCP would decline rapidly. It would also lead to a decrease in black-market drug activity, which means less crime on the streets as a result of drug related standoffs and "turf
Moreover the occasional use of marijuana by the average user will not suffer any lasting physical or mental harm. Not to say marijuana is completely harmless. Like any substance that is abuse for long periods of time (years) can have a negative effect on good health. Conversely, as with other recreational (cocaine) drugs, there will be some individual who will suffer some adverse consequences such as psychotic thought or tendencies from immediate use (Iversen PHD., 2005). Certainly there are many people and groups that oppose the legalization of marijuana and many of them have valid points of view.