Should Marijuana be Legal?

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In today’s society a well-known topic of discussion is the legalization of Marijuana. Many states have been legalizing marijuana, not just for medical use, but for recreational use as well. As we all know, some people have wanted this for a long time now. Others feel that it should only be for medical use, and some feel it shouldn’t be allowed at all. The scientific properties and health impacts of marijuana, especially when compared to other legal substances, support those who believe it should be legalized.

Marijuana is a hemp plant, which refers to the plants leaves and flowers. It has been used as a painkiller centuries ago. Marijuana, also known as pot, weed, grass, or mary jane, is illegal in many countries. However, marijuana in our country has become legal in many states, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington D.C and Washington (“Business Insiders”). Marijuana can be consumed in just about anything, such as in food, drinks, or it can be smoked. Most people smoke it for the feeling of well-being, but others smoke it for the cure of their medical issues.

Some people in the United States would argue that marijuana shouldn’t be legal for any reason. But do they realize that marijuana is very beneficial? Marijuana is very favorable for medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Tourette’s syndrome and anxiety according to Rudolph Gerber. AID patients have stated that marijuana has saved their lives. There are also many cancer survivors that state if it wasn’t for marijuana they may not be here today. Marijuana is known to have pain killing powers (Gerber). It just makes people feel good. Movements have even formed to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.  Unfortunately, with all the facts regarding marijuana being the cure to many medical conditions, people still think it does more harm than good.

It seems to be daily in the news that someone has died due to a drug overdose. The interesting thing is that one can die from overdosing on marijuana. It is one drug that has not caused fatalities. Many people do use marijuana for recreational use, but it doesn’t do any harm. The only effects of smoking marijuana or consuming it in any way is the feeling of being high. Some physical signs of being high on marijuana are “red eyes, poor muscle coordination, delayed reaction times, and increased appetite. Another sign may be a sudden change in mood. If someone has just smoked marijuana their mood may change from tense to relaxed”   (Marijuana Addiction). None of the symptoms can harm other people, nor can it really harm the user in any way.

Even though some may think marijuana is bad, it actually has a lot of benefits that can help people. If using marijuana doesn’t do any harm to others, it should be legal to use, no matter what the use is for. There will be more in the news about legalizing it and maybe in a few years it will be legal for all types of use.

 

Works Cited

“Marijuana.” Marijuana Addiction Effects and Signs | Phoenix House. Web. 17 May 2017.

Gerber, Rudolph J. “Beneficial Effects of Marijuana as a Medical Prescription.” Marijuana, edited by Joseph Tardiff, Greenhaven Press, 2008. Contemporary Issues Companion. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, link.gale.ca.orc.scoolaid.net/apps/doc/EJ3010202233/OVIC?u=nysl_we_belfcsl&xid=1f2f5b36. Accessed 17 May 2017. Originally published in Legalizing Marijuana: Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics, Praeger, 2004.