The Controversy Over Marijuana Legalization Essay

1326 Words Oct 15th, 2015 null Page
Refuting “Six powerful reasons to legalize marijuana” by Owen Poindexter from NY Times
The use, sale and possession of cannabis (marijuana) in the United States are considered as a schedule I control substances and illegal under federal law. However, five states have legalized marijuana for recreational use and thirty one states for medical use only. While proponents say there are legitimate reasons for cannabis legalization, concerns remain about the marijuana’s effect on users and their communities and so the controversy over marijuana legalization continues. This argument refutes one of these claims that tries to support the legalization of Marijuana by highlighting some of the details and evidences that look helpful in convincing the readers but leaving the other sides unsaid while explain the reasons. The NY Times’ argument concerning marijuana legalization: (Six powerful reasons to legalize marijuana), published on July 31, 2014 refers to six reasons of: Prohibitions costs, Miniscule benefits of marijuana criminalization, Racism in its prohibition, Medical benefits of marijuana, discarding the idea that usage increases after legalization and finally, being less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. By considering that some parts of the mentioned reasons like “medical benefits of marijuana” are not completely inaccurate and some other reasons like “Legalization won’t lead to increased use”, don’t look strong and worthy enough for the controversy also due to the capacity…

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