Essay on Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

818 Words Oct 15th, 2015 4 Pages
High there. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in Canada. Every year, thousands of people are arrested and even incarcerated for the possession of even a small amount of the drug. Despite the risks, Canadians continue to ingest cannabis at a rate that tops the global charts. It seems the only thing that can greatly reduce the illegal use, production, and distribution is to legalize it. With the 2015 federal election in clear view, it is hard to ignore that a substantial number of Canadians favor the notion. But why else are Canadians pushing for the legalization of cannabis? Other progressive countries like the Netherlands, Spain, Uruguay, and the U.S (Washington, Colorado, and Alaska) have already realized the benefits that marijuana can provide their citizens with. Medical purposes, recreational use, tax money, and curbing crime are all potential benefits of Marijuana’s legalization in Canada. Will Canadians benefit as much as they think? Let’s find out. Medical marijuana has been making waves globally for years. Patients who suffer from a wide variety of conditions ranging from depression to cancer have found the effects of the plant to be valuable and have opted to use it as a natural alternative to contemporary medicine. The problem is, most Canadians seeking alternatives to their pharmaceuticals either do not have access to a medical marijuana dispensary locally, or cannot be prescribed medical marijuana because they do not know any doctors that are…

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