Legalization of Marijuana

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Legalization of marijuana

Morals and politics are what make up the structure of this country, so when an issue receives mixed responses coming from two different points of views it becomes contraversial. The legalization of marijuana is a controversial subject; however, there are many positive arguments to support the idea. First of all, it is very expensive to keep marijuana illegal. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana has also proven to contain positive medicinal uses for illnesses (Marshall, 67). In addition to its positive use, ignorance keeps the public unaware of the fact that alcohol and cigarettes are far worse. The American government is simply approaching this issue very poorly, because the
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Following this reasoning, drinking beer is okay at home but not while at the workplace. The same logic should apply to marijuana, since a person should be able to smoke within his or her own doors, behind which the government should not have any jurisdiction (81, Marshall). For example, many college parties consist of people drinking beer kegs until they vomit in someone's apartment. However, when people smoke marijuana at a party the difference is that everyone has smiles on or his or her face, and no one is potentially dangerous to drive under the influence. To this day, marijuana prohibition has not proven to be very effective; in fact, it has failed. From the day marijuana was introduced into the country in the 1950's (88, Marshall) to now, the amount of people who have consumed marijuana has vastly increased by the millions. Just like the attempt at alcohol prohibition during the 1920's, the prohibition system failed miserably. Back then the public did not seem to be stopped by the prohibition of alcohol. As it was remembered, the roaring 20's were one of the greatest times in American history. In 1931, the law was overruled and consumption has not changed ever since. Alcohol became legal because it could not be controlled, just like marijuana cannot be controlled now. Today "about 18 million use it at least once a month." (89, Marshall) With so many people using marijuana, it is clear that the


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