The Legalization of Marijuana
The legal status of marijuana is one of the most disputed topics of today. Once completely frowned upon, marijuana’s legality was never questioned; however, fast forward to the present and one will notice that this negative stigma is beginning to fade away. The negative claims regarding marijuana are gradually becoming discredited by science. Without this negative propaganda, the positive aspects of marijuana are beginning to surface. Marijuana should be legalized because it is relatively harmless when compared to other legal substances, entails economic benefits, and would allow the authorities to focus resources on illegal activity that affects the people they took an oath to serve.
Marijuana poses fewer health-risks than many substances that are currently deemed legal by the government. It is often argued that marijuana is addictive, and that it is harmful to one’s health. It is true that smoking marijuana is not completely harmless, as the repetitive inhalation of any form of smoke will have adverse effects on one’s health. That being said, these effects are very miniscule when marijuana is smoked in moderation. Marijuana has not been scientifically proven to have any lethal or even life-altering side-effects. In regards to addiction, marijuana contains no physically addictive properties. One may become psychologically addicted to the euphoria obtained after smoking marijuana; however, anything that brings enjoyment has the possibility of becoming psychologically addictive. One would assume that something deemed legal by the government would be safer than something that is considered illegal, ironically this is not the case. Cigarettes are considered legal even though they pose a huge threat to one’s health. Nicotine, the drug encased within a cigarette is highly addictive. A large portion of those who smoke cigarettes grow a dependence on this chemical, and experience physical withdraw if they do not receive it. As well as being highly addictive, cigarettes have been linked to several forms of cancer and many other lethal illnesses. Cigarettes are responsible for thousands upon thousands of deaths per year, yet they are deemed legal.
There are economic benefits associated with the legalization of marijuana. Regardless of the law, the demand for marijuana remains high. Whenever there is a high demand for something there is a potential for profit. The demand for marijuana is...