Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1788 Words Mar 17th, 2016 8 Pages
The Benefits of Nationally Legalizing Marijuana Marijuana also known as cannabis has been used as a herb for healing since Spanish immigrants first brought the medicine over during the Mexican Revolution. It was continued to be used for many decades and became wildly popular in the 1960’s as a recreational drug much like alcohol. Since the government could not ban the use or sale of the product due its unconstitutional properties, they came up with a Controlled Substance Act. This act allowed the government to control which substances were used based on their level of addiction and dangerousness. Shortly after the act was passed scientists and doctors began research on the medicinal benefits through rats with brain tumors and cancers. The major results allowed doctors to create an argument for the use of cannabis. Today, many states have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana and some even have full legalization, but what about the rest of the country? Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs with many differing benefits; therefore, it should be legalized across the United States. Marijuana has not been fully legalized for multiple reasons, one of them being because it is connected to moral values and civil liberties that some states may or may not agree with. The federal government realizes and understands that more religious states with higher values are going to oppose legalization while the Northern and more liberal states are going to accept the issue and…

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