Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

755 Words May 7th, 2015 4 Pages
On October 27th, 1970, Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) into law. This law is broken down into five schedules; with schedule one being the most restrictive. A drug that is placed into schedule one of the CSA, is supposed to be a substance that has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use in the United States of America. Schedule one of the CSA has many dangerous drugs, like Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, and GHB. What is confusing, however, is why marijuana is also listed as a schedule one substance. This is a non-dangerous substance which has been legalized for medical use in twenty-three states and the District of Columbia. There is a big debate on whether marijuana should be completely legalized, but I have not formed an opinion on this matter. I do not believe marijuana should be a schedule one substance, especially when Cocaine, a much more dangerous drug, is a schedule two substance which is less restrictive. Saying marijuana has a high potential for abuse is absurd. There has not been a single recorded death from overdosing on THC (the substance found within marijuana), yet people die every day from prescription pain pills and other narcotics. There is no scientific evidence that marijuana is addictive or a “gateway” drug. I do not see where the federal government gets the idea of marijuana having a high potential for abuse. Having marijuana in schedule one of the CSA also implies that the federal government does not accept it having any…

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