Essay On Marijuana Decriminalization

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Should marijuana be decriminalized? Marijuana is not a harmless drug. Just like tobacco, marijuana can be damaging to the lungs. Yes, it can be beneficial in the case of a serious medical condition; however, decriminalizing cannabis allows anyone to exploit it for recreational purposes, including our susceptible youth. Having marijuana available to our youth may make them open to experience harder drugs (Sambrouck). I believe that having cannabis legally available for those with medical conditions is beneficial to our society. Nonetheless, if we are going to consider legalizing marijuana for uses other than medicinal purposes, we need to look at all the repercussions: drugged driving, our youth using it for recreation, and those who will use it to fuel an addiction. Whether or not to legalize marijuana has been an ongoing debate for years. If marijuana was to gain legal status, it would mean that people would not suffer from legal consequences when in possession. Legalizing marijuana will increase over exposure which is linked to serious health …show more content…
The benefits for seriously ill patients would be immeasurable. People suffering with cancer would feel less pain and improve their quality of life. For the terminally ill, it would mean not having to deal with the day to day thoughts of their life soon coming to end. On the other hand, if marijuana is legalized for all, it will most likely be abused by many. It would mean an overall decline in the ability for our youth to be properly educated. Therefore, in the future we would have drug addicted, under educated politicians running the country. That would spell disaster for all of us. “Legalization of marijuana, no matter how it begins, will come at the expense of our children and public safety. It will create dependency and treatment issues, and open the door to use of other drugs, impaired health, delinquent behavior, and drugged drivers”

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