Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1675 Words Oct 5th, 2016 7 Pages
When people hear the word marijuana (also known as cannabis), images of long hair bongo playing hippies may come to mind. Or people sitting around doing nothing but munching on snacks, is another common image when thinking about marijuana. These stereotypical images have come to portray people that smoke marijuana, but the fact is most people would never know if someone uses marijuana because they look just like everyone else. Legalization of marijuana is a hot topic among individuals today as many states have already legalized it, and other states are debating the issue. The feelings on weather marijuana should be legalized vary widely, but most people fall into one of three main groups. The first group is against legalizing marijuana, stating that if legalized it could set a precedent and open the door to allow the legalization of other drugs. The second group is in favor of legalization, but with restrictions on who would be allowed to purchase and use the substance. The third group is in favor of legalization without any restrictions at all. No matter someone’s stance on the subject, the debate of legalizing of marijuana warrants discussion because the issue is much bigger than simply making the substance legal or not.
Some background is needed to understand the history of the plant. The plant has been around for thousands of years, and according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum website (deamuseum.org), “the oldest known written record on…

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