Should Marijuana Be Legalized For Medical And Economic Reasons?

1532 Words Nov 25th, 2015 7 Pages
Marijuana has been called a lot of words; dangerous, idiotic, a gateway drug to name a few. However, there is reason and evidence to argue these claims as false and irrational. I have researched respected people in the medical field as well as government organizations, and health and safety groups to create a stand on why marijuana should be legalized for medical and economic reasons. Marijuana has been ridiculed in society for decades as being a drug as bad as heroin and cocaine due to lack of study and people’s personal opinions on it being affiliated with crime. For clarity, when people talk about marijuana, they are talking about the buds of the cannabis plant which when smoked release many chemicals including THC into the lungs and cause the smoker to become high. So far nineteen states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes and four states have made it legal to use it for recreational use. This clearly shows that our country is making a step in the right direction but until this goes to the federal level, then we may lose the chance to keep this drug for its medical, economic, and anti-crime benefits for our country as a whole.
I call it a drug because that is what it is. However, that term has changed and seems to be generalized toward dangerous, bad-for-you substances. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) list marijuana as a schedule 1 drug right next to heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. The three criteria that classify…

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