The Green Fiend Essay

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Imagine a product that can steadily bring in between 1 and 1.5 billion dollars in revenue a year with a guaranteed healthy effect. Not to mention that the money made is also calculated before it was legal. A product that is possibly one of the most controversial topics that has ever been discussed, and is slowly beginning to be accepted by the public across not only North America but across the world. This product is Marijuana. The million dollar question is of course, should it be legalized? Marijuana is a non lethal way of stimulating the brain, stimulating appetite, and stimulating large amounts of money.
What Is Marijuana
The public and social media likes to question and judge the millions of users of marijuana and as deserved the users respond with protests, gatherings, or most commonly simply continuing to use the herb. There is one small problem, and that most of these people don’t know what they are talking about. The definition of Cannabis, also known as Marijuana, is preparation of the Cannabis for medical psychoactive medicine, and marijuana is now officially legal in the states of Colorado and Washington. “The active ingredient in marijuana is THC. That's short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol” (WebMD).
Although this plant is legal by the states, the Federal government still has marijuana under the illegal list. This means that even though it is legal in these states, federal police officers still have the power to arrest people with marijuana personally on them or in their homes. “In 2012 there were approximately 7.6 million daily users of marijuana.” (Jaslow). With a that being a rise of 5.8 percent from 2007, I believe these numbers won’t just diminish at all throughout the future when Marijuana is only becoming more accepted. Here is one seemingly unknown fact about marijuana is that there are 0 recorded deaths from it. When talking about Tobacco one writer states, “Approximately 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year” (ALA). So if a legal form of smoke kills that many people, and Cannabis has never killed anyone, why is it the illegal substance?
Why Is It Illegal
Marijuana is as mentioned recognized by the federal government as an illegal product and people in possession of marijuana can be arrested and sent to prison on spot. “...Billions of dollars a year are spent by the government on drug wars and trying to keep it out of the U.S.” (Alan). Since Marijuana...

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