Where the Question lies Many people in the United States ask the question, “Why marijuana should be legalized?” when the real question is, “Why is marijuana illegal?” Marijuana was once a totally banned controlled substance in all fifty states. Slowly but surely the U.S states one by one are legalizing marijuana for medical reasons and so on. California and Colorado are the two states that have gone through their government and passed the law to legally sell and buy marijuana with the proper ID’s to verify acceptance. Some states have considered it before while other states hate the thought of legalizing this substance. Alcohol is a legal substance in our country yet people die every day from it rather it be liver problems or become a
Marijuana should continue to be a controlled substance. With marijuana-based medicines that are currently on the market available only by subscription and filled only through a pharmacy not your own homegrown brew, what use it out there can be better controlled. Back to morals it is simply wrong to get high and loose full control of your mental and moral faculties. You become a threat to yourself and a greater risk to those around you. It should be illegal to use any substance whose normal use makes one
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Proposition 19 allows people 21 years old or older to posses, cultivate, or transport marijuana for personal use. In terms of Proposition 19, people’s views differ. After examining the positive and negative effects of marijuana, I have concluded that marijuana should not be legalized and Proposition 19 should not be passed because this proposition will jeopardize and
2008). The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) website lists marijuana as DEA number 7360. Classified a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) marijuana is ranked by the DEA to have a “high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision”. Additionally, the DEA describes marijuana as a precursor to the use of more dangerous drugs. This position initiates conflict
However, control measures have to be put in place to regulate the use of marijuana. Saldever (2006) argues that with the legalization of marijuana, the fight against violent crimes, drug warfare, robbery and cocaine could become extinct. This is unfortunately not true because, the use of marijuana make one prone to use other drugs. MEDICAL REASONS
ENG.110: Rhetorical Compare and Contrast 25/02/2012 Evidence or Empirical Knowledge Its time to get rid of some of the haze and befuddled ideas surrounding medical marijuana and get down to some clear, logical thinking. According to the Harvard Mental Health Letter, "Medical Marijuana and the Mind" the movement to legalize medical marijuana needs more research scientifically about how the drug affects the brain and whether it might be useful in treating psychiatric disorders. This publication by the Harvard Medical School states that their is not enough evidence to recommend medical marijuana as a treatment for any psychiatric disorder. On the other hand, Dr. Rick Bayer's article "Physicians' Perspective Medical Cannabis Update: Smokeless Marijuana" most Americans support marijuana, if used medically, and want ways to not smoke the plant because of the cancer causing carcinogens in the smoke itself. Bayer's theory is that the smokeless ways are more cost efficient or will be once more Americans are accepting of medical marijuana.
Both sides are fighting to be right and win. Whether drugs are legalized or stay illegal one or both sides of the argument will be unhappy, unless they come to a compromise. The recent legalization of medical marijuana in some states could be looked at as a compromise. With the compromise, marijuana is legal with the certain prescription, but still is illegal and has repercussions if used for the wrong reason. Another compromise is the decriminalization of marijuana; if someone is to be in possession of less than one ounce then it is just a misdemeanor.