Should Marijuana Be Legal And Others Do Not? Essays

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When it comes to recreational drug use peoples’ views vary. Some believe the recreational use of marijuana should be legal and others do not. According to the Pew Research Center, “Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition.” As of February 2016, support for the legalization of marijuana is at 61% in the United States (The Associated Press – NORC, 2016). That is a large increase in support, considering that in 1990 support was only at 17% (Mary Pat Clark, 2013). There are many points to think about, besides public opinion, regarding the topic of legalizing recreational marijuana. Is it safe? Is it addictive? What about motor vehicle safety and increased exposure among children? Can it be regulated? Will it cost more to legalize it? All of these are valid points up for discussion.
After doing an extensive interview for The New Yorker, David Remnick wrote a lengthy article in which he quoted President Barack Obama saying, “I don’t think [marijuana] is more dangerous than alcohol.” A study, published in 2015, backs up President Obama’s statement. This study did a comparative risk assessment of alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, heroin, THC, and other illicit drugs using the MOE, margin of error, approach (Lachenmeier and Rehm, 2015). In the study, “MOE is defined as the ratio between [the] toxicological threshold (benchmark dose) and [the] estimated human intake.” It is important to note that the method used in this study takes into account population based…

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