The Debate Of Marijuana Legalization Essay

736 Words Nov 15th, 2016 3 Pages
The topic of marijuana legalization has been fought over for many years. There are many opposing viewpoints, so many that even major news outlets vary in their views. The Washington Times writes a very contradicting article in hopes of swaying people to stay away from marijuana. Starting in paragraph one, they assert their opinion by stating “celebrating the medical benefits, if any...” They also purposefully accuse pot heads of “blowing smoke” at them but is such a controversial topic to be handled so lightly. The assumption that marijuana is “likely doing considerably more harm than miniscule good” (2) is not to go unnoticed either. In fact their assumption is immediately scoffed at because in the next paragraph they note that “researchers found that smoking pot did show some success in relieving nausea caused by chemotherapy, and spasticity for MS patients.” What a huge relief for the people going through cancer and MS. According to the national cancer institute at cancer.gov in 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease. That sounds like marijuana could do a lot of good, but only for those who have access. The statement that “pot was found to be of little use in relieving symptoms for many ailments” can be discredited by realizing that weed will not have the same effect for everyone. All of paragraph six is about people pleading for it and more and more states legalizing it, so why…

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