Marijuana Legalization; Good For The Nation?
One question that has haunted America for a long time is: "Should the use of marijuana be legalized?" Some say "Yes", while others say "No". For several decades marijuana has been one of the major problems of society. There have been increasing costs spent on the war against marijuana and countless dollars spent on rehabilitation, but the problem still exists. Not only has the drug problem increased but also drug related problems are on the rise. Drug abuse is a killer in our country. Some are born addicts (crack babies), while others become users.
Many believe that legalizing marijuana would lessen crime. They think that the legalization would deter future criminal acts. There is no possible way it would lessen crime for a number of reasons. Like alcohol, marijuana impairs your judgment from what is right from wrong. Other people want marijuana to be legal for other beneficial reasons.
People think that it would promote world peace. The biggest argument is for health reasons. If that's the case, then the people that are sick should be able to use it for a good purpose.
The result of drug abuse is thousands of addicts in denial. Marijuana should remain illegal in the U.S because there would be an increase of drug abuse and a rapid increase of diseases. It is possible that marijuana causes cancer because it contains some of the same cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarette smoke. Smoking one joint is equal to smoking 7-10 cigarettes.
Some people believe legalizing the drug would increase our economy's revenue. Then why don't we legalize cocaine and heroin to boost the economy even higher? People think marijuana is not harmless because you can't overdose. You can't overdose on cigarettes, which are very harmful to your body.