The Topic In Today’s Society That I Chose To Investigate

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The topic in today's society that I chose to investigate was should marijuana be legal or not. There are many views on this topic; some people feel it should be totally illegal, some feel certain uses of marijuana should make it legal, and others feel it should be legal for every day use. Every side of the argument has a lot of good information that backs up their opinion, but I don't see this argument coming to an end any time soon. The way I see it, marijuana should be legal for people who want to use it responsibly, but criminalized for other reasons. And when it comes to medical uses, it sounds like there are some possible good effects from the leading chemical delta-9 tetrahydrocannibinol or more commonly known as THC. Throughout my paper, ill discuss arguments from both people who want it legal and illegal, as well as an in depth view of what I see about the topic. Ill give you some background information on the drug as well as some interesting facts about marijuana you might find surprising. I have also reported on case studies that show real life people who use marijuana medicinally, and hear how they feel about it and how it affects their lives. First of all, ill give you a short description of the drug and the background so you know what to base your final opinion on. Marijuana is a plant that is grown all over the world as long as the area gets enough sunlight and moisture. It is a plant that can reach anywhere from 4-6 feet tall, and it has many clusters of leaves which most people are familiar with.. The actual valuable part of the plant is the bud or flower, which can be found on top of the leaves. The buds are normally a greenish gray color mixture, all combined with seeds and stems. This is what is picked and sold all over the world, and because of this market, the United States has to spend millions of dollars to try to stop it. Most people smoke this drug to get high; others can use it as an ingredient in baked goods to get the same feeling. The leading chemical like I said earlier is THC, and that releases the endorphins inside your body that give you the extremely happy feeling. The high can last up to 2-4 hours, and the marijuana being smoked today is a lot more potent and harmful to the body than it has been in the past. In fact, because it is hazardous to your health, many people feel it should be illegal. A lot of good arguments and facts come up when people say marijuana should be illegal. The main argument is marijuana is a serious health risk to you and the people around you. It also leads to increased accidents of all types, lost production on the job, and wrecked families. When the drug is smoked, you inhale over 400 harmful chemicals into your body, which exceeds tobacco smoke. In fact, it turns out that smoking 1 joint is just as harmful to your body as smoking 4 cigarettes. With all the chemicals people believe that smoking marijuana is a cause of cancer, and in fact THC chemicals eat away at the...

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