Marijuana Essay

3870 Words Sep 28th, 2015 16 Pages
Legalizing Marijuana makes Pennsylvanians Rich Introduction Growing up on the gritty streets of West Philadelphia I was exposed to many drugs. From an early age I can remember seeing guys hang out on the corner. It wasn’t until I became a preteen that I realized that these young men weren’t just “hanging out”. They were actually hustling and making drug transactions. In high school I was offered my joint. Scared of my parents finding out and remembering the negative effects of drugs that I learned about in school forced me to decline. Many of my peers were not as strong and fell into peer pressure. The smell of marijuana on the way to school became a familiar scent. As I got older and began to …show more content…
Now referring to water or the smell of food as drugs sounds bizarre, however, both produce intoxicating feelings of fulfillment making them fit the definition of a drug. Just like drugs, too much water or food isn’t good for you. There’s an old universal saying that claims too much of anything isn’t good and everything should be done in moderation. Those who support the legalization marijuana believe that the same principal should be applied. Pennsylvania Senators are once again attempting to offer a bill to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes The bill has been turned down in the past because those who oppose it say the drug is “harmful and addictive”. While the legalization of marijuana is turned down prescription the FDA continues to approve newer and stronger medication. Prescription medications, specifically pain killers are destroying today’s youth. In recent months the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and other government organization delivered disturbing news about the misuse of prescription painkillers. Government studies indicate that there has been dramatic growth in deaths as result over overdose (Balko, 2012). Vince Lattanzio, a writer for NBC10.com reported that “Pennsylvania had 15.3 overdose deaths per

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