Marijuana: Make It Legal Essay

1764 Words Apr 19th, 2013 8 Pages
The views today on Marijuana are not the same as the views in the 70’s.Due to the approval of 27 states, medical studies, and cost of consequences on those convicted from use of the most common illicit drug in the world, the United States of America has began to rethink its stance on the matter. The question of this country seems to be the underlying argument about Marijuana in this country is: should Marijuana continue to be prohibited to citizens based on its health effects, medicinal values, and costs to the country?
This argument seems to be a great topic in the U.S. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug, not only in the United States, but the world, and because of this the laws connected with this drug hold great
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In 1969 President Nixon declared war on drugs. The war on drugs today stem from that war. But with time comes change, and in 1996 California became the first state to legalize the use of medical Marijuana.. Today Marijuana is classified as a schedule I drug alongside Heroin, Cocaine, and Morphine, (this classification has been unchanged since the 1960’s). It was classified as a schedule I drug despite the fact that it was recommended by the CSA (controlled substances act) task force to not place it in this class. While certain states in the US currently allow medical Marijuana use, the Federal Government claims that their law overrules state law and therefore users of the medical Marijuana can be prosecuted.
Things need to be explained when it comes to the legalization of Marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. I am not trying to say legalize all of illegal drugs. That would be senseless. I am not trying to argue that Marijuana is healthy or good for anyone. What I am trying to do is focus on the pro’s that it has in the medical sense. It poses the some of the same qualities as some already legal substances do.
Of the three issues related to the Marijuana legalization debate, Marijuana and its medical use might be the most widely discussed of them all. Opponents of Medical Marijuana bring up many significant arguments as to why it should not be condoned. The American Medical Association in 2001 stated that Marijuana should remain a schedule 1

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