Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
The legalization of marijuana is a widespread debate with many valid arguments
for both sides. Some will state that it should be available for those seeking relief from
various medical situations, or that if legalized, marijuana could be regulated by the
government for safety reasons. Even the fact that there are no deaths directly caused by
marijuana is a strong point on the pro-legalization side. However, I believe that the
legalization would lead to more problems in a society that is already full enough with
other issues and debates concerning our health and safety. The fact that relief can be
attained in a pill form without the hazards of smoke inhalation and other dangerous
chemicals strikes a blow to the pro-legalization claim that pot has medicinal value. Also,
it is widely regarded as a gateway drug, which means that although perhaps it could be
regulated, it may lead to a higher percentage of people trying harder drugs such as heroin
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, is that the legalization would make
pot available to the youth in a similar way to how alcohol and cigarettes are obtained.
The legalization of marijuana would lead to a decline in the standards of our society.
It is often said that marijuana has medicinal value, and could be a valuable asset
to those who have undergone chemotherapy for cancer, or other patients with AIDS.
This is true, however, the other dangerous chemicals associated with marijuana use have
the possibility of creating more health problems such as lung cancer. The active part of
marijuana that eases the pain of these patients that is known as tetra-hydro-canibol, or
THC, is available in a pill form, that does not contain the "more than 400 different
chemicals found in tobacco smoke".