Cons Of Legalizing Marijuana

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Legalization of Marijuana
If addictive substances like cigarettes and alcohol are legal, why not an herb like marijuana? Did you know the dependence rate (higher the number indicates less dependence) for nicotine is 1, for alcohol it is 4 while for marijuana it is 6? A simple cup of coffee has a dependence rate of 5 which is more addictive than marijuana (Hilts). There are so many aspects to think about when the idea of legalizing marijuana comes into question. Conversations could go on and on when debating out the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. Many people agree to legalize it, while others do not see the positive outcome if it were to be legalized. Usage of marijuana should be legalized as it is a matter of personal choice, and would
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America 's overpopulated prisons would see a little bit of a relief if marijuana users or sellers were not sentenced. Legalization of marijuana causes less illegal exchange amongst drug cartels and customers, leading to a decrease in criminal activities. “A study conducted by Morris and team for the assessment of negative effects of legalizing marijuana in eleven states, assimilated astounding results. During the period of 1990 to 2006, the crime rate for FBI part I criminal activity (Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated assault, Burglary, Larceny, and Auto theft) remained same. Not only that but actual incidences of Homicide and Aggravated assault decreased” (Morris). However, since it is difficult to quantify the amount of marijuana in someone 's system, difficulties would arise in controlling under the influence driving. Some believe there would be a rise in “stoned” accidents. Conversely, there are very few accidents noted due to marijuana compared to alcohol related accidents. Stoned drivers are more cautious than drunk drivers owing to the fact that cannabis decreases all reflexes. Stoned drivers tend to be more attentive and drive cars more slowly compared to risky drunk

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