Benefits Of Legalizing Cannabis

1291 Words 6 Pages
Billie Evans
ENG 101 C72Z
Argumentative Final Draft
December 3, 2016
Legalizing Cannabis? Should America legalize cannabis for medical and recreational usage? Why is cannabis illegal and alcohol is not illegal? What is the origin of the plant? What effect does it have on the body? What benefits could patients receive from the legalization of this plant? Shouldn’t America legalize cannabis and regulate its usage in a manner that is similar to the laws and regulations of alcohol?
To thoroughly debate the issue, one needs to acquire a greater understanding of what cannabis entails. According to Wikipedia.org, cannabis comes from a cannabis plant. It was introduced into the North American continent as early as 1645 when the Puritans brought hemp with them to New England. Cannabis contains two active chemicals which are cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol. Cannabidiol (CBD) affects the way a person thinks and may often cause hallucinations. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the second chemical and operates as a pain reliever. Cannabis is consumed by smoking, vaporizing, drinking cannabis tea, and plant extracts. According to research, cannabis is not as addictive as nicotine or alcohol. Heavy cannabis
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Is it right to use a substance that is considered illegal in most states? Officials have declared that cannabis is an illicit drug because it alters the mind and affects motor function. Liquor, however, affects those same functions but remains completely legal and accepted. Many officials debate the issue that cannabis is a gateway drug that may lead to the use of other drugs, however can that not be said of other drugs such as pain killers, nicotine, and alcohol? With regulations and use in moderation, cannabis presents no higher risk than these other substances and is the only one that has research-proven positive medical

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