Cons Of Legalizing Marijuana

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There are thirty million Americans that have smoked marijuana in the past year. Sixty eight percent of Americans live in states that are working are trying to reform their laws (2016 Marijuana Policy Reform Legislation). Legalizing marijuana is becoming the number one phenome in America. There are multiple reasons on why it should be legalized but with all the pros comes the cons. By legalizing marijuana America can provide more jobs, and lower the crime rate tremendously. In my opinion marijuana helps more than it hurts and the pros outweigh the cons. If marijuana was legalized it will boost revenue, it gives government the option to put a tax on it. It can bring less money to support organized crime, it will become less profitable for drug…show more content…
Smoking marijuana is considered a victimless crime and in most cases the only person at risk is the consumer (19 Primary Pros and Cons of Legalizing Weed). People have the choice to drink alcohol so why not have the same freedom as marijuana. The myth is that marijuana is much worse than alcohol. However, this theory has been largely debunked. Around 17.6 million people or one in every 12 adults suffer from some sort of alcohol abuse. Only about 9 percent of people who smoke marijuana get addicted to it. In my opinion, marijuana should have the same limitations as alcohol. Driving while high is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Another pro that marijuana has is that it makes people skinnier rather than making them fatter. Alcohol usually causes weight gain and can sometimes give people beer belly’s whereas smoking marijuana makes people hungry. Both can cause health problems, but people use both at their own risks. It goes back to the point that people deserve to be able to choose whether they want to smoke marijuana or not (Is Marijuana as Safe). Personal freedom is nice but the most important reason to legalize it is medical…show more content…
Although it is legal in twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form it needs to be legal in all states. Marijuana can help treat different health issues such as posttraumatic disease, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis (19 Primary Pros and Cons of Legalizing Weed). The use of medical marijuana should be a federal whereas recreational use should be up to the states. Marijuana can also be used for cancer. The marijuana would help cope with the pain and nausea that comes with chemotherapy. It will also help with the cancer patient’s food intake and the neuropathic pain that comes with cancer treatment. It isn’t fair that someone is not being offered the best care available. Marijuana could better the lives of many ill people (Marijuana and Cancer). I think the use of marijuana will also drop patient’s hospital bills because pain pills will no longer need to be used as often. Marijuana would be huge for the medical field if
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