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Marijuana has been given a bad image by the media and government, but it is actually a very effective drug. The dispute about medical marijuana is a becoming a major topic and it should be addressed. Marijuana is the most illicit drug used in the United States and it is less harmful than most legal drugs out there, therefore it should be legalized.
Marijuana has been used as a mediator for attaining ecstasy since ancient times. In 1545 the Spanish introduced marijuana to the New World. In 1611, it became a major crop, along with tobacco. It was in the 1920's that marijuana became very popular. Marijuana clubs, called tea pads, were built in city. These marijuana places were tolerated by
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Marijuana, weed, hashish, pot, it goes by many names. Many people argue that it should be legalize because it’s no better than alcohol and cigarettes. Although these claims holds some truth, marijuana is still a dangerous drug and adding one more problematic drug into the mix will not improve America’s health and safety issues. Although marijuana has its medical benefits, using it for recreational purposes is dangerous for both us and our society.
There are countless debates whether marijuana should be legalized for creational use or if it should remain illegal. Marijuana has been legalized in some states for medical use such as pain caused by cancer, glaucoma and nerve pain. In a survey I
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(HuffingtonPost). There are currently twenty-one states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes (ProCon). Tennessee is not one of those states. The possession of marijuana in Tennessee is a misdemeanor but can be classified as a felony if it’s a third defense. The sale of the drug is a felony and can to lead to incarceration.
Some believe that marijuana has multiple medical purposes and should be legal for medical purposes. In the 1970, The National Eye Institute studies showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma (business insider). A 2003 study by Robert J. DeLorenzo, showed that marijuana was useful to
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getting good grades in higher level education. This contradicts what is told to us in programs like DARE and of the brain dead potheads depicted on TV. This contradiction compels me to figure out the truth about the issue of marijuana. My own observations of people high show nothing of what’s told by our country. How are chronic marijuana smokers still succeeding in life? What physiological and psychological effects does marijuana have on us? Should criminals convicted of possession of marijuana get the harsh life ruining punishments they receive? With these thoughts in mind, I wonder if marijuana should be legalized.
I searched the Internet for an article on the neurological effects of
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Should Marijuana Be Legalized?In society today, many people look for a feeling of freedom. Many people go on vacation and spend money. The most common gateway for people is drugs. Our American society is facing a tremendous drug problem. In order to eradicate the drug problem, a public debate is going on to find some solutions to this drug dilemma. It has become a highly controversial issue whether drugs such as marijuana should be legalized or not. Some people advocate this issue and believe that legalization is the only solution left for the nation while others oppose because it will increase the number of drug users and drug related crimes.Marijuana is a drug that is illegal in the
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Should Marijuana be legalized?
“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”― Bill Hicks
Marijuana was naturally grown on the earth, so don’t you think that should be legal to use? If your thinking no then there are some reason that will help you change your mind. Most people think Marijuana is just used to get high and do stupid stuff, but really Marijuana back in the day was used to make fabrics and fiber, it wasn’t just used for getting high. There are different names for marijuana its weed, pot, and dope, these words are most used by the drug abusers that do it and sell it
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people in today’s society think marijuana is a terrible drug that can kill people and ruin their lives and believe the lies that make this drug illegal. I believe that marijuana should be legalized in America because it opens up countless number of job opportunities, has been proven to be beneficial for medicinal uses, and is not harmful to use, but we will come back to that.
What many people do not know is that before anti-marijuana laws, marijuana was used all the time. Hemp was used to make clothes and rope and other things. Hemp started in China and worked its way through India before reaching Europe. America was introduced to hemp by Christopher Columbus, and it soon became a cash crop
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Weather marijuana should be legalized is a very controversial topic that is hotly debated in Canada's parliament. On one side of the spectrum, Canadians oppose the legalization of marijuana as they claim that it would result in an increase of its use. Already, marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug on the streets. Although, it is pertinent to recognize that the legalization of cannabis would also bring many benefits. Primarily, if marijuana was legalized it would save our government great amounts of money that could be otherwise spent in other areas such as drug addiction treatment. Furthermore, prohibition of cannabis is an ineffective method of decreasing the drug's usage, as it
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people is they will just pass out and maybe not remember anything. That is the closest you can get from having an overdose on marijuana. If anything, alcohol should be more controlled than marijuana. It leads to more crimes and violence. Cigarettes are so much unhealthier for you, physically. So if marijuana is less dangerous than all the other drugs and is used for medical purposes, why is it a schedule 1 controlled substance? And if marijuana is less dangerous as alcohol and cigarettes, which is legal, why is marijuana illegal?
Coming from the side that thinks marijuana should remain illegal and should not be legalized ever, it is stated that, “Marijuana has harmful effects on the
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marijuana are neither minute nor drastic, but should not be looked over by officials in the debate (Miron). There have been states that have legalized marijuana. Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes as of 2012. Since the legalization of marijuana in these states occurred just two years ago, other states have started to discuss the possibility as well (Rueben). The current question is “What role taxes can play in moving marijuana out of the underground economy and into the light?” (Rueben). Would marijuana be taxed at the same rate as cigarettes or alcohol? There could be other taxes on top of that to “recognize potential social costs.” (Rueben). The difficulty
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Why should such a harmless herb be seen as a dangerous drug when it could save your life one day? After all, the cannabis plant has been in use for hundreds of years in America before and after its legalization in 1937. Marijuana dates back into the first colonies in the 17th century where the hemp was used from the plant. Hemp is bi product from the cannabis plant and was a major cash crop of the day. Hemp was used in many forms. Hemp was used to make clothes, fuel, paper and building materials. Centuries later, America produced hemp as a cash crop which was pushed by the government due to its generation of tax revenue. As you can see marijuana has had a positive footprint in american
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Should marijuana be legalized for recreational or medical use? This is a debate that has been happening for quite some time and this is not just a debate that is happening among people. There are many that have taken sides including medical personal and government officials. Currently in the United States there are two states in which recreational use of marijuana is legal; Colorado and Washington. There are three states currently that have pending legislation to legalize recreational use; California, Maine, and Oregon. On the other hand there are 21 states in which medical use of marijuana is legal; Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois
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contract and improves their overall attitude and AIDS patients reported that it reduces nausea and vomiting and increases their appetite.
Lastly, the reason that I believe marijuana should be legalized is that it is much safer than prescription drugs. Prescription drugs kill about 100,000 annually in the world; however, there has never been a single death that has been caused by smoking marijuana. "One would have to smoke 15,000 joints in 20 minutes to receive any kind of lethal dose of tetrahydrocannibinol (THC) which is not likely to happen". (Smith, 2012)
Opposing View on Legalizing Marijuana
Most Americans that oppose legalizing marijuana would agree that it does not pose the public
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world. Improved economy, less debt, significant amount of crime would go down, and not as many prisoners.
The evidence is overwhelming: the positives of marijuana, both recreationally and for medical uses, are outweighing the negatives. Marijuana in short is better for your body than tobacco or alcohol or even many prescription drugs even when they are taken in correct doses. Not to say it does not have its downfalls, because it does. The main reasons for its illegalization were racist beliefs and false statements. It does not in any way kill brain cells.
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cannabis should be taxed and regulated by the Ministry of Health who controls the other recreational, legal, yet addictive and potentially injurious substances such as tobacco and alcohol. Legalizing cannabis would cause a serious problem to the black market as it would eliminate a major source of revenue for gangs. Some believe that its legalization will lead to more people using the drug and as a result, becoming addicted. However the government could control the use and sale of it by regulating cannabis consumption, so that it can be used responsibly. Marijuana should be legalized in Canada as it would gradually eliminate the black market and would favourably impact the economy.The
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For many years now Marijuana and Medical Marijuana use has been a broad topic. Weather it should be legalized or not is the biggest issue. Some people say that it’s wrong and unethical and others say it’s against the constitution, the right to pursue happiness. There are many different statistics and research about Marijuana, good and bad. Some people say that keeping Marijuana illegal would protect children and communities. But nowadays kids can get any kind of drug anywhere, no matter where they live. Most people who use Marijuana started out of pure curiosity. The age range of beginning to use Marijuana is 12 to 18. The majority of people that try Marijuana for the first time only use it
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alcohol was more harmful. They also believe that if marijuana was available like alcohol, 63% still believe that alcohol would be more harmful. Even though the support for legalizing marijuana is increasing, 63% of American’s would feel uncomfortable if people smoked it in public. Out of the fifty states Colorado and Washington have fully legalized marijuana with fifteen other states decriminalizing it (Pew, 2014).
Marijuana is considered a scheduled I drug that provides no medical use and has potential to become abused. Under this schedule marijuana is considered to be one of the most dangerous of drugs along with causing severe psychological and physical dependence. Although marijuana
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first and most basic reason that marijuana should be legal is that there is no good reason for it not to be legal. Some people ask "why marijuana should be legalized?" but we should ask "why should marijuana be illegal?" From a philosophical point of view, individuals deserve the right to make choices for themselves. The government only has a right to protect people and their property from others; not to protect them from themselves. This argument does not apply to marijuana, since the individual who chooses to use marijuana does so according to his or her own free will. The government also may have a right to limit individual actions if the actions pose a significant threat to the individual
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Richard M. Nixon, the former president of the United States of America, was a controversial president, who ended his presidency in a controversial way. It seems only fare to open a topic that is controversial as the former president himself. Should marijuana be legalized?
A debate about marijuana legalization, although not a scientific one, on debate.org (website that organizes debates about different topics) does provide some insight about different views for and against legalization. A simple Google search will yield many results covering this ongoing debate as well as many scientific articles that either argue or just provide research or experiment results concerning marijuana
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To Be Legal or Not To Be
Known as one of the most commonly abused drugs in the country, marijuana is legal in some states for medicinal purposes, but many argue that it should be legalized nationwide.
The drug was made illegal under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in the 1970’s. Drugs under Schedule I are said to have a high potential for abuse, no medical use, and lack accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
Although the drug is illegal, it is used by many people as a stress reliever and other recreational purposes. According to a national survey from 2009 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse 16.7 million Americans 12 and older admitted to using the drug at
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Since the beginning of time, ancient peoples have cultivated hemp and cannabis. Hemp has revealed its usefulness through its fabric properties. Ancient peoples used it to weave baskets, create paper, and even make clothing. Some of the most important documents to the U.S. were written on hemp paper. Studies reveal that 1 acre of hemp creates the equivalent of 4.1 acres of trees. By 1916, the U.S. government believed that if the economy continued to create paper from hemp until the 1940s, then the amount of trees cut for paper would significantly reduce. So why ban such a controversial plant? The marijuana plant should be legalized because it has health attributes, the U.S. government
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so long to become a sufficient amount needed for paper manufacturing, hemp can be used to make paper more environmentally friendly because it will not require cutting down a lot of trees. The characteristics of hemp allow it to be a very beneficial resource for paper and fabric manufacturing. Hemp’s industrial benefits cannot be fully utilized due to its illegal status.
Marijuana should be legalized because it has many medicinal benefits. Many patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, Tourette’s and other diseases benefit from the use of marijuana. For example, nausea and vomiting due to cancer treatments can be subdued with the use of marijuana. A clinical trial done in
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to legalized wholesale production, distribution, and sale to all marijuana users even for recreational purposes. Citizens have to realize that legalization is a realistic change that our country might be facing in the near future. Although liberals are leading the fight to end prohibition while conservatives are helping the law stand firm, this fight should not be one divided by political party. Every individual ought to be educated on the issue before saying yes or no to legalization. Before voting on this issue, I ask: What would the country actually be like if marijuana was legal?
Legalization of marijuana would undoubtedly result in an increase of freedom of choice for US citizens
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Marijuana is an herb plant that appears in different colors, usually green or brown, that is smoked by pipe, bong, cigar, hookah, or joint for pleasure reasons, religious reasons and can also be used as a medicine. Marijuana comes from a hemp plant that grows indoors and outdoors in many areas of the world, including the United States. In many countries the use of marijuana has been illegal for a vast number of reasons. In recent years more and more countries, the United States in particular has been deciding whether or not they want to make marijuana legal to use. Over the years there has been an ongoing debate on whether marijuana should be legal or not. This topic is very controversial
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This topic has been debated over for many years but marijuana has remained an illegal substance, although of the many pressures which have been placed apon it to be legalised. I will look at why marijuana is illegal and why it should stay that way.Firstly what is marijuana and what does it do? Marijuana is a mixture of leaves, stems, and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis, smoked or eaten for its hallucinogenic and pleasure-giving effects. Known in Central Asia and China as early as 3000 BC, marijuana was used as a folk medicine. About 1900 it started to be used as a pleasure-inducing drug, and by the 1960s and '70s its use was widespread among students, becoming, after
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Marijuana is claimed to be just a harmless plant but do you really know what people are inhaling into their body? Marijuana, also known as weed or pot, has over 350 different chemicals some of which are carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). Marijuana legalization is starting to become a real controversy in the United States. Twenty years ago no one in their right mind would think that drugs would become legal for private use. That’s we need to move forth in our society not back, we needs to leave drugs behind and start to focus on more important things. Marijuana should not be legalized for recreational use because marijuana is addictive, marijuana presents health risks, and marijuana can
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Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized
Willie Nelson once said, “I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”
Marijuana has been a plant for longer than any human has been alive. Civilizations have used marijuana for hundreds of years for hundreds of purposes. But ever since the 1970’s when growing or having possession became illegal marijuana has been looked down upon by a majority of people living in the United States. Just because it’s illegal doesn’t give someone the right to look down upon
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factual information, just say it is not your preference.Works CitedRussell, Sabin "Federal Apnel urges Tests of medical pot czar won't ease stance despite findings from studies" San Francisco chronicle 18 March 1999,A1.Mintes John "Medical marijuana popular at polls" Associated Press 4 Nov. 1998, all politics.Rosenthal, and Steve Kubby. Why marijuana should be legal. Avalon publishing group:2003Earleywine, Mitchell Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence. Oxford University Press:2005Bore, and Tony Serra. Marijuana Law. Ronin Publishing:1996Ratsch, Christian. Marijuana Medicine. Inner Traditions International, limited:2000The King James BibleSmith, Chris. U.S. government covers up marijuana cancer proof.2001www.marijuananews.org/medicalMesserlie,Joe.SHould marijuana be legalized under any circumstances. 2004www.balancedpolitics.orgChastity Higgins-interview
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on the drug. This is true ,but would the senate or the house legalize a drug that could do more harm than good? Are we putting our money over our minds? In some cases people think that the drug Marijuana can cure or slow down the process of cancer. Victoria Bekiempis says that she has found that marijuana does slow down cancer but not just that, it is very harmful to the user. (N.p.)
Some say that marijuana should be legalized because it is not addictive but this statement contains no truth. No, marijuana does not contain an addictive substance but that doesn't mean it couldn't be addictive. Anything in the world can be addictive whether it contains addictive drugs in it or not. Marijuana
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review the danger marijuana possesses, and the commission concluded that marijuana was not harmful. Nixon ignored the commission's recommendations. He placed marijuana under Schedule One, a section reserved only for very harmful drugs with no health benefits ("A Brief History on The Drug War"). Despite it being illegalized for ludicrous reasons, marijuana is still treated as a dangerous drug by both society and the government. The reasons for its illegalization today are still illogical, as marijuana is potentially very useful for society. Because marijuana was originally wrongfully illegalized, marijuana should be legalized since it provides benefits to the nation and its illegalization is
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January 1, 2014, legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. Washington state will begin selling recreational marijuana later this spring. California is ready to introduce a statewide referendum to legalize marijuana in 2014. California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom feels pot (marijuana) should be legal in the Golden State.
The states are starting to realize there is a great amount of money to be made by taxing marijuana. Colorado expects to collect nearly 70 million in tax revenue in 2014 according to the Huffington Post. One Denver citizen put it quite clearly when he stated, “The only thing more addictive than illegal drugs is tax revenue.” We have seen this work with gambling
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The use of marijuana for medical purposes has stimulated debate for many years. Some people find the use of marijuana therapeutic and the only way to relieve their chronic pain. Also, there are a growing number of people who feel it is harmless and think it should be legalized in small quantities for recreational use. Despite the illegality of this substance it has continued to be used and grown by many people. And though it seems harmless to some, there are others worried about the message legalization and the recreational use of the substance would give teenagers. And more importantly they are concerned about increased criminal behavior, addiction and other health problems that can arise
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Medical marijuana is a controversy in today’s society. Currently the community is divided on the issue. Questions are constantly being thrown around such as “How does it affect the body?” and “What good does it do for a person?” Researchers have tried to answer these questions with studies and they have shown how positive medical marijuana can be. If something can benefit an individual why not use it for the sick in an attempt to find a better drug for those who really need it? Medical use of marijuana should be legal all across the United States because of all the good it can do for a person’s overall health and the fact that everyone deserves all possible methods of treatment when they
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To truly understand why marijuana should be legalized by the federal government, one must have some background knowledge of the medicinal herb. Cannabis, most commonly known as marijuana, originated in China for purely medicinal purposes. The plant later spread to India, Europe, and, finally, made its way to North America. Cannabis was first used as hemp rope and fabric, and by the 18th century marijuana began to be recognized and used in the pharmaceutical industry. However, marijuana became illegal just a short century later. As far as the legal status of marijuana today, “The Federal Controlled Substance Act classified marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, signifying that it has both a high
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What is Marijuana? According to, “What is Marijuana?” (2005), it explains marijuana is the commonest drug in the world, which is often called weed and pot. Also, people will get excitement when they smoke marijuana, but it is a dangerous drug because there has a chemical in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that can change people’s feeling and see something in different ways. Many think that marijuana should be legalized; however, should marijuana become legitimate in Canada? This topic has been argued for a long time because marijuana is an illegal drug, and smoking marijuana will bother other people who are not smoking it. Therefore, marijuana should not be legalized because it
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Marijuana is one of the hundreds of drugs that holds Americans in the bondage of addiction and causes harm to their health and well-being. Marijuana comes from the hemp plant called cannabis sativa and is the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S. (Goldberg). Although marijuana has mostly been used as a drug to get high, physicians have recently discovered that marijuana can treat the symptoms of cancer and multiple sclerosis, relieve pain, and treat many minor ailments. Because of the rare healing effects of this drug, many states are working to legalize medical marijuana in their state, but there is much controversy over whether or not medical marijuana should be legalized. Although
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Foundation, and the American Civil Liberties Union. These groups use a variety of strategies, which range from outright legalization to de facto legalization under the guise of medicalization, control legalization through taxation. However, drugs like marijuana are addicting and should not be legalized. Marijuana should not be legalized because it can cause overwhelming damage to the society as a whole. As Bennett says, “Drug use- especially heavy drug use- destroys human character. It destroys dignity and autonomy, it burns away the sense of responsibility, it subverts productivity, it makes a mockery of virtue” (Husak 663). People throughout the nation have witnessed law changes regarding
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such as liver disease, cancers, injuries and overdoses (K, 2013). If so, it causes from legal drug, alcohol. On the other hand, there are many countries that marijuana is decriminalized, legalized or liberalized such as Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Netherlands, and they have the marijuana children use are lower than in Canada. Some people who are against the marijuana legalization because they believe that marijuana can lead to health problems and social issues. However, marijuana should be legalized in Canada because there are some advantages through medicinal purposes and personal uses, economies, and societies.
Some experts have worried and disagreed with the
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Attention getter: Do you suffer from pain, migraines, eating disorders or other sicknesses? If so, you may want to consider marijuana as a treatment.
Central Idea: Marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes.
Significance to the audience: This is important to all of use because many of us are misinformed about marijuana and are unaware of its beneficial properties.
Preview of main points: Today I will tell you about why marijuana should be legalized.
I. What exactly is marijuana?
A) Marijuana is a leafy plant which grows wild in many of the tropic and temperate areas of the world.
1) It is also cultivated both
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marijuana's effects the functional components of driving, that twenty minutes after smoking the joints ?marijuana significantly impaired their ability to stand on one leg for 30 seconds or touch their finger to their nose. As the dose of THC increased, the subjects swayed more, raised their arms, and had to put their feet down in an attempt to maintain their balance.? These tests thus show that marijuana retards co-ordination and balance which are ?functional components important to driving.? .With this said, should Marijuana indeed be legalized, the effects will prove harmful to a public well-being. In addition to increased accidents, there exists the problem that Marijuana may set the precedent for
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Should U.S Federal Government legalize marijuana and let the States choose their own path? A progressive thinker and realist would say yes. Cannabis possession and use, both recreational and medical, need to be legalized by Federal Government. It has to allow the States to decide whether they want it or not. Much of the modern marijuana problem happened after it was prohibited in 1937. Before that date, a few people used marijuana for recreation. Federal Government considers marijuana a Schedule 1 drug, which means that it has no medical uses and high risks of abuse. Many researches have been done about marijuana, and they show many medical benefits and very few, if any, dangers. States of
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Should Marijuana be legalized for Medicinal Purposes?Legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes has been an extremely controversial topic, one that has it supporters who have long fought the opposition. Although marijuana has been used for thousand of years to provide relief from many health problems, it still remains an illegal drug in the United States. There are many doctors who support the effectiveness of the use of marijuana as treatment for many medical conditions. People who oppose the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes would claim that legalizing the drug would lead to abuse of the drug for recreational use. This is important claim for the opposition. However, after
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Marijuana Should Be Legalized for Medicinal Purposes
How would most Americans react if the law allowed the use of heroin, LSD, or amphetamines for medical purposes? Many of us would react in disbelief mainly because of the effects of these powerful and addictive drugs. However, in Arizona the law permits the use of heroin, LSD, and amphetamines for medicinal purposes, yet the medicinal use of marijuana remains illegal in the United States ("Facts"). Because marijuana is categorized as a Schedule 1 drug under the federal Controlled Substance Act ("Issues"), physicians cannot legally prescribe it. The national debate on the effectiveness of marijuana as medicine is divided between those
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The first recorded use of marijuana for medicinal purposes was 2727 B.C., while most common prescription medications have been on the market for approximately than 30 years or less. The number of adverse short-term side-effects is fewer when using medicinal marijuana versus prescription medicine. The long-term side-effects of prescription medicines are numerous as well as unfavorable. Medicinal marijuana can improve the quality of life of a patient suffering from the negative reactions to prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Medicinal marijuana provides relief without the negative side-effects of prescription medicines; therefore, should be legalized nationwide as a valid
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An issue that has been brought up in recent times throughout Australia is if marijuana should be legalised for the medicinal benefit of many sick Australians around the country. Medicinal Marijuana has been used in ancient China ever since 2700 B.C and the use has continued for the same purpose as many thousand years have passed. Marijuana could be accessed by anyone in Australia and be used in any area at any given time; it wasn't until 1914 that drug use was defined as a crime, under the Harrison Act. Now, in the 21st century, Marijuana is illegal to be taken in the Australian public although some states allow for small amounts of marijuana to be grown or owned on private properties
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; the end result would be each individual state deciding if medicinal marijuana would be ideal for their state. Last but not least there is the route that the states Colorado and Washington took which is to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Every option has their pros and cons. However I believe the option where the pros most heavily outweigh the cons is legalizing recreational use.
Before I address the possible courses of actions the government could take it is important that we understand the positive and negative consequences people have recognized with the use of marijuana. Some of the major concerns include: marijuana being consumed by the youth, cannabis users smoking and
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Here, I am writing about topic “Should Marijuana Be Legalized in the United States?” Since 1961 marijuana has been ill-gotten within the U. S. however within the 2012 election Colorado and Washington voters determined they needed that to alter. Marijuana has terribly valuable medical use to patients laid low with some terminal diseases. It additionally features a terribly valuable industrial use with the cultivation of hemp from the cannabis plant. In conjunction with this marijuana is additionally a fun narcotic that's employed by several to make a fun social surroundings among friends. The legalization of marijuana would create it therefore enforcement might stop wasting their time with
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The topic of legalizing recreational marijuana in the United States has been a very controversial one. States such as Colorado and Washington have gone on the offensive and have legalized recreational marijuana and have enjoyed the high revenues brought in from cannabis sale. On the other hand other states have kept low profiles because they are wary of the possible negative outcomes of legalizing recreational marijuana and are using the states of Colorado and Washington as guinea pigs to see what their next course of action on this controversial topic should be. This is not only a highly debated topic among politicians, but also by the people. According to a poll conducted by the Pew
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Topic: To what extent should marijuana be legalized in Trinidad and Tobago?
In Trinidad and Tobago the use and possession of marijuana is illegal. This research paper therefore presents a discussion on the legal debate of marijuana highlighting the legal issues and discussing to what extent should marijuana be legalized in Trinidad and Tobago.
The first legal issue that is discussed in this paper is the harsh or punitive nature of the Dangerous Drug Act and the classification of marijuana. Cannabis Sativa, or any other name it is referred to, be it Ganja, marijuana, weed, or “Mary Jane” under the Dangerous Drugs Act it is classified as a dangerous drug, and is included in the First
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drug there. Also these two drugs are far more harmful than marijuana is, people die from overdosing on these drugs, and have you ever heard of someone overdosing on marijuana. "NO" Because it has never ever happened.Even though it could be helpful for millions of patients suffering from the above mentioned conditions, medicinal marijuana remains illegal. Therefore sufferers have two options: 1 - continue to suffer, or 2 - obtain it illegally and risk the consequences. In conclusion, marijuana should be legalized as it would help millions of suffering patients and would allow for money spent on enforcement to be spent more wisely thus increasing revenue. As for whether or not there will be an increase in drug use, one will never know unless we give legalization a chance.