The whole topic on whether marijuana usage should be legal or not has been a hot debate topic for quite a while now. This appears to be the latest trend to talk about in today’s society. People believe that it’s so popular in the younger generation because it can help with some diseases and it can make a person feel a certain way. Many people, including myself, believe that marijuana should be legalized because it’s a lot less likely to hurt a person than other things that are legal to buy and sell in the U.

S., like cigarettes or alcohol. Many people fought on how it could be useful those who are sick in America and that need medications that could maybe help calm their disease and make it possible to overcome. Currently, you can legally smoke marijuana without a doctors note in 9 states and use medical marijuana in 29 states. 64% of Americans favor legalization, and even a majority of Republicans back it as well. (Robinson) Personally, I believe that the legalization of marijuana would be a positive impact for the United States of America.

 Selling these products could create profit to put towards helping decrease taxes along with the amount of money being “borrowed” by the national government. Profits made from the selling/ production of marijuana could effect America’s national debt in a positive way. In my opinion, the legalization of marijuana would lower the percentage of crimes, safety of Americans, the national debt, and medical problems that could be fixed by the absorption of cannabis. National debt is way too high to get eliminate it completely, but the sale of medical/ recreational marijuana could help decrease that debt.In 1996, voters in California approved Proposition 215, which was the first legislation legalizing marijuana, at the state level, for medical purposes. The federal government first standardized marijuana in 1937, when Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act. Then, in 1970, Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act, which secured categories into which individual drugs were placed depending on their anticipated medical usefulness and potential for abuse. The most restrictive category, Schedule 1, encompassed drugs that the federal government believed as having no accurate medical uses.

In 1972 the Shafer Commission, an investigative body selected by Nixon, suggested that marijuana be legitimized and removed from Schedule 1.Although the benefits of smoking marijuana may be overemphasized by advocates of marijuana legalization, new laws will help researchers study the drug’s medicinal uses and better understand how it impacts the body. Cannabis also has different effects on different people.

It could make someone feel calm and relaxed. It can make another person feel energized. And it could even make someone else feel anxious/paranoid. Numerous states around the country, about 29 states total, have legalized medical marijuana use and 9 with a doctor’s note.

Cannabis is consumed in various forms, including; dried flowers or ‘buds’ (marijuana), pressed resin from flowers and leaves (hashish or hash), loose resin (kief), concentrated resin extracted with a solvent (hash oil) While recreational marijuana usage is controversial, many people agree with Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s new stance on weed, and believe that the drug should be legal for medical uses. Medical marijuana users claim the drug helps relieve pain and suppress nausea — the two main reasons it’s often used to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy. Marijuana use can prevent epileptic seizures, a 2003 study showed. CBD (Cannabidiol- one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis) may help prevent cancer from spreading, researchers at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reported in 2007.                                  While marijuana is not addictive in the way that a drug like crack-cocaine is, heavy use can lead to dependence—defined by the same criteria as for other drugs.

About half of those who use pot daily become dependent for some period of time, writes Kevin Sabet, in the 2006 book, Pot Politics—and 1 in 10 people in the US who have ever used marijuana become dependent at some time (about the same rate as alcohol). Dr. Sabet was a drug policy adviser in the past two presidential administrations.

Research results over the past decade link consistant marijuana use to several serious mental health problems, with youth especially at risk. Marijuana alters opinions, reduces motor skills, and affects alertness. When combined with alcohol (not unusual), or even alone, it worsens the risk of traffic accidents. The British Lung Foundation finds that smoking three to four joints is the equivalent of 20 tobacco cigarettes.

                 All in all, there are limits on what can and cannot be done while under the use. 29 states have legalized marijuana              Alcohol is worse than marijuana. It has been linked to some 88,000 deaths per year, according to the CDC, while for a number of reasons those associated with marijuana use are harder to come by.


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