Essay about Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1869 Words Dec 21st, 2016 8 Pages
Marijuana has the potential to actually be safer than alcohol or cigarettes. While it may seem hard to believe, no one has ever died directly from marijuana itself, as in an overdose. Also, the main chemical in marijuana, THC, is far less potent than that of alcohol. “A fatal marijuana overdose in humans would take 40,000 times the amount of THC that it took to get them high in the first place,” according to the New Health Guide (“New Health Guide”). Say that someone could get drunk on three beers; it would take 15-30 beers to kill them. If someone could get high off of three inhalations from marijuana, it would take an astonishing 120,000 puffs to kill them! (“New Health Guide”) Marijuana should be legalized for many reasons, some of which include the vast benefits it provides for the economy, as well as it’s health benefits to certain patients. Included in the medical benefits is a lowered risk for dangerous side effects as opposed to many prescription drugs. Marijuana is seen as a problem for many reasons, some of which include the fact that it is seen as a gateway drug. The gateway drug theory is the theory that the use of a psychoactive drug will increase the probability of the use of other drugs in the future. In discussing this however, the gateway theory is used in a negative connotation in which the user has an unlimited usage capability, as long as they have enough. In a medical marijuana capacity, the drug could be limited just like other prescription drugs so…

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