Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

2467 Words Apr 7th, 2015 10 Pages
For many years California has been fighting against legalization of marijuana. So far four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. These states include Washington, Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon. Twenty states have legalized marijuana for medical use, some of these states include California, Nevada, Montana, New York, and Maine. Undoubtedly there are some rare cases where medical marijuana is used for the correct purpose. Unfortunately that can still be abused. For years pro marijuana activists in California have spent millions and millions of dollars attempting to advertise the benefits of marijuana, and to make a bill pass for recreational use. Thankfully, there have been enough petitions so stop this bill from becoming a law. In the upcoming election of 2016 the proposition of legalizing marijuana will be back on the ballot.

To begin with, many people assume that marijuana does not have any serious harmful effects. Little do they know that medical researchers have conducted studies and found out that, “smoking marijuana can damage the heart, lungs, and brain” more than smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol (Going To Pot xiii). General knowledge by the public that marijuana gives you a temporary high along with a mighty appetite, contrary to that belief people do not think about long term side effects after the residual effects wear off. “THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals in the brain. These natural…

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