Legalizing Marijuana Essay

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In today’s society, countless people look for a feeling of being carefree. Some people go on vacation, others get drowned by alcohol, or even financial debt as there source of being lighthearted. However, the most common gateway for people is substance abuse. In the United States we are facing an ever growing drug problem; that is becoming an extremely notorious issue. In the United States it is said that there are 12.7 million illegal drug users and out of that 12.7 million that 10 million are casual users and the other 2.7 million are addicts. (Druglibrary, 2011) One of the most common drugs and that has been getting a lot of attention over the last 20 years is Marijuana. Marijuana is defined as a mind-altering substance produced …show more content…
I don’t feel as if the government has the right to tell people what to do; especially when they are not harming others.
In trying to reach a consensus on whether or not marijuana should be legalized or not you have to show cause. Is marijuana safe? Marijuana is a remarkably safe drug. Although its primary active ingredients (THC- Tetrahydrocannabinol and other cannabinoids) produce psychoactive effects at doses of a couple of milligrams, they do not have lethal effects. (Rosenthal, 2008) “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to mankind.” (Rosenthal, 2008) Marijuana has been around for years and although many species have derived from it the drug was legal and commonly prescribed medicinally in the United States until 1937. (Rosenthal, 2008)
The medicinal purposes of this drug are dated back to 2737B.C. when the drug was prescribed for gout, malaria, beriberi, rheumatism, and memory problems. (Earleywine, 2002) By the late 1930’s the United States had imposed the Marijuana Tax Act discouraging medical and recreational uses by requiring an expensive tax stamp and extensive paperwork (Earleywine, 2002) This particular tax act made the ownership or removal of the marijuana illegal throughout the Unites States; without medical and industrial uses. American Medical Association (AMA) opposed the act because the tax was forced on physicians prescribing the drug for

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