Should Marijuana Be Treated As A Public Health Issue? Essays

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I’m blameworthy doing something “illegal” in eyes of the law, but accepted by so many Americans. The few times I smoked marijuana, I felt ashamed, guilty and rebellious. Why did I feel that way? Is it because the U.S government label the usage of marijuana “illegal” and I was breaking the law or is it because the stigma of marijuana not being socially accepted. In the Rolling Stone Magazine interview by Jann S. Wenner, President Barack Obama has discouraged the substance abuse of marijuana by labeling it Schedule I drug. At this moment, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) defines marijuana as Schedule I drugs, by describing it as “no currently accepted medical use” and a “high potential for abuse”. President Obama opinionated that marijuana should be treated as a public health issue, not a felony. During the interview, President Barak Obama said “I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it.” I am going to look at the controversial issues legalizing marijuana to find out if Americans are accepting the usage of marijuana and heading into the right direction to legalization within the United States because it will address the larger issue should the United State legalize marijuana in a federal level.
First, are Americans supporting the legalization of marijuana? In November 2016…

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