Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

830 Words Nov 30th, 2016 4 Pages
Twenty-six out of fifty states have legalized marijuana in some way, either medical or recreational. It can come in many different forms such as a joint, in a bong, or even put in food. The movement has gathered a massive amount of attention by both people for and against it. Not only does it alter your perception it has an addictive nature, it is also known to be a gateway drug. Marijuana also has many different names, for example, it is referred to as pot, Mary Jane, ganja, and weed. The legalization of recreational marijuana could have harmful effects on the communities that we live in, but could also be beneficial, because it could boost the country’s revenue. Marijuana is the most used illegal drug in the United States. Marijuana is legal recreationally in eight states.Around 700,000 people are arrested each year due to marijuana. According to a 2014 national survey in the past year 22.2 million Americans, have used marijuana. It comes from the cannabis plant, also sometimes referred to as “hemp”. The chemical THC is present which is responsible for most psychological side effects. Marijuana affects the user in more ways than one: it gives you a feeling of relaxation, it increases your sensory motors, and many more side effects, both negative and positive. In a study shown in 2013 forty-three percent of Americans stated they have tried the drug, which was up by five percent since the previous year.
One could be for the legalization of recreational marijuana because…

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