Persuasive Essay: Legalizing Marijuana

973 Words May 4th, 2014 4 Pages
Leah Prado
Eng Comp 1
Sunday March 29th
Paper 3: Persuasive
“Advantages of Legalizing Marijuana”

Advantages of Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana use is on the rise, especially among teenagers and young adults. With the recent laws passed in eight states about legalizing medical marijuana , many stand divided when it comes to this never ending debate, but I firmly believe that this miracle working drug should be legalized throughout the United States. Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illegal drug. Statistics show that over 70 million Americans have tried Marijuana and over 20 million smoked it last year. So it is safe to assume that although marijuana use may decrease in the years to come, as
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Marijuana must be studied and tested more to prove effectiveness but because it is not legal, doctors don't want to study a drug that they could never use.

In 1988 administrative law judge Francis Young found that marijuana in it's natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. At present it is estimated that marijuana's lethal dose is around 1:20,000 or 1:40,000. Or simply put, a smoker would theoretically have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as is contained in one marijuana cigarette or joint, nearly 1500 pounds of marijuana in about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response. Which basically means marijuana is non-lethal, as it is impossible to consume that much in such a short amount of time. Advocates of legalization raise several points. They claim the there would be fewer people selling drugs because it would be regulated and profits would be cut. They also claim that drug-dealing criminals would virtually vanish causing crime and violence rates to plummet.

Legalizing marijuana raises a lot of questions for instance, who would sell the drugs? Private companies? The government? How would legalization affect health insurance and the overall cost of healthcare? And probably the most important question of all, would the use of legalized drugs by employees in certain occupations be prohibited? Since

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