Legalizing Marijuana Argumentative Analysis

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In the first 6 months of 2015, Colorado pulled in 60.7 million dollars in marijuana taxes. Some people argue that cannabis should not be legal because it is no better than any other drug. Doctors prescribe Xanax, Oxycontin, Adderall etc. even though they are highly addictive and it is possible to overdose on them. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response. Therefore, it would be virtually impossible to overdose on cannabis; this instantly makes marijuana safer than most prescription drugs. Violent crime and property crimes have both decreased in Colorado since the state legalized recreational cannabis. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012 , and the majority of these arrests were for nonviolent, low-level offenders. All of this time, cost, and effort takes our law enforcement away from enforcing more urgent issues. According to the ACLU, in 2010, the U.S. spent more than $3.6 billion on enforcing cannabis prohibition. It's…show more content…
Furthermore, a recent American study found that treating epilepsy and other seizure disorders with CBD reduced seizures by 54%. Use of THC reduced spasticity in sufferers of multiple sclerosis by 30%. Cannabis may also reduce depression and relieve anxiety. While more research is needed to better determine how cannabis can help treat diseases or symptoms, there's a reason why 24 states so far have legalized medical marijuana. Marijuana use can be used to treat/prevent the eye disease glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that increases pressure in the eyeball, damaging the optic nerve and possibly causing complete loss in sight. Marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye; these effects of the drug may slow the progression of the
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