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Legalization of Marijuana
THIS ESSAY WAS WRITTEN AS AN ENGLISH ASSIGNMENT WHERE THE WRITER WAS ASKED TO TAKE THE PRO VIEW ON LEGALIZING MARIJUANA I, for one, believe that Marijuana should be legalized. I have several reasons for this, the main one is that it would almost completely eliminate the crime and other problems associated with the drug. We would need fewer police officers looking for pot, we could concentrate drug education in schools on the more grievously damaging drugs (heroin, cocaine, LSD). The only long term effects marijuana has on a person are the same as with cigarettes. No one would dare prohibit the sale and possession of those, and pot isn't treated with an array of chemicals. It's just picked, dried, and smoked. Marijuana has similar short term effects as those of beer, but more relaxing. Marijuana tends to mellow a person, while alcohol might make someone violent. Plus alcohol contrivutes to brain and liver damage. I can not say that I completely advocate the recreational uses of marijuana, but it nothing else there are definitely medicinal uses such as the treatment of glaucoma. It also tends to increas the appatites of terminaly ill AIDS patients who otherwise wouldn't have the desire to eat. I think the repercussions of legalizing pot would be almost completely beneficial to society as a whole. The beneficial effects outweigh the adverse. This subject should be seriously investigated by our government.

 



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