The topic of the debate is the legalization of marijuana. Many states have began to pass legislature on the use and sales of marijuana, whether is medicinal or for recreational usage. In 1972, the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have "no accepted medical use." At the present time there are 20 states plus the District of Columbia that has legalized the sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Those states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington State (procon.org)
There are two states that legalized marijuana for personal use, they are Colorado and Washington State.( wikipedia.org). The argument that has been a tremendous topic for quite some time now is whether legalizing marijuana is a good idea. There are those for it and those that are oppose to it. Both sides have valid points and have fought hard to have their sides heard and approved. Some have been accepted and some have been denied, but he issue is a very interesting and common topic in voting poles and conversationalist all over the United States of America.
In this debate both sides will argue whether the topics of whether marijuana should be legal for medicinal and or personal usage. Those that are pro usage will argue the benefits of legalizing marijuana, and those that are opposed to the legalization of marijuana will argue that benefits of not legalizing marijuana in the United States of America at this time.
While both sides have very valid points and will have compelling arguments to persuade and sometimes manipulate the audience into seeing their side of the discussion, it is important to understand the complexities that will be related to accepting either sided of the arguments presented.
Pro Marijuana Usage and Sales in the United States
Argument # 1 : Pain management
Marijuana has been used for treatment of the symptoms related to many different diseases. Some of those deceases are Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Glaucoma and other conditions that result in a significant amount of pain. The use of marijuana has been successful alternative to narcotics that have been prescribed for the pain that people suffering with these ailments. Many enjoy the feeling that is asscoicated with the use of marijuana, especially when they have exhausted many other options. Many peer reviewed studies, prominent medical organization have cited that marijuana has been used as a medicine throughout world history. (http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/)
Argument #2 Marijuana versus Alcohol and Tobacco
Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14...