The War on Drugs: Argumentative Essay on the Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

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The war on drugs: Argumentative Essay on the Cons of legalizing Marijuana Has the enduring war on drugs come to an end with a victorious win for drugs? Recently, the United States was in a uproar after Colorado and Washington both legalized marijuana for recreational use. This legal action has been a major establishment since California legalized marijuana for medical purposes in 1996. Legal actions pertaining to legalizing marijuana are not only shaping society today but calling for a government reform. The real question posed is if marijuana really is as bad as society and the government portrays it to be? Marijuana has been around since the beginning of time and has quickly made its spot in the U.S, ranking as the country's number one cash crop, surpassing corn, soybeans and wheat, making it's total income at about $35.8 billion. Marijuana has traces that date to the Chinese in 3000 B.C.E. Though marijuana was not used as a recreational purpose to obtain “ psychoactive effects” then, it was widely exploited for medical purposes to cure major illnesses and to promote vital energy in places such as India. However, marijuana has had a relatively recent appearance in America beginning in the 1900's. Although marijuana and other narcotics have been classified as a controlled substance, strictly for medical purposes written in the Harrison Act of 1914, the major movement of marijuana for recreational use has been majorly noted during the 1960's. Over the years marijuana has made it's mark on the American culture and world-wide. There are more and more users experimenting in the drug's effects everyday. The drug has become so increasingly popular that legalization of marijuana has been demanded. However, is legalization of the drug in the United States the right option? Depending on one's perspective the benefits of legalizing marijuana such as the medical

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