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Cyril O. Isoe
Professor Solomon Kusina
English 624
20th June 2018
Legalization of Marijuana.
What is Marijuana?
This is a drug intended for recreational or medical use. It is obtained from leaves, seeds and stems of dried Cannabis sativa plant (hemp). Marijuana can also be referred to as weed, pot, ganja, etc.
How is Marijuana Taken?
It can be taken in a number of different ways, the fastest and most common of which is inhalation through smoking. It can also be mixed and eaten as food or brewed and drank as tea.
Legalizing Marijuana.
It is clear that Marijuana’s proscription is not for the purpose of protecting its users from a supposedly perilous plant but is because of a more intricate reason. D.A.R.E drug data shows that there are zero deaths recorded in the USA caused by usage of the drug as compared to deaths caused by legal drugs. Still, it has been rendered a harmful substance that endangers lives and is thought to be simply an extra predicament to be handled in modern society. However, based on its medical boon and economic value, its legalization and proper distribution will definitely outweigh its cons.
Marijuana has been proven to have many medical benefits. For example, it helps in treatment of Glaucoma, reversing the cancer-causing agents in tobacco, eases pain caused by multiple sclerosis, treating the swelling bowel diseases, alleviate arthritis discomfort among many more (Hill ,2474). It is clear that natural cannabis products are non-toxic, meaning that it is impossible to get a fatal overdose from marijuana.
Legal drugs such as Tobacco are more harmful than weed. According to a study on smoking and tobacco use conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking of cigarettes causes about a fifth of deaths in the US annually. Alcohol follows, prescription pain killers, Cocaine and finally Heroine. Marijuana’s illegality is just exotic import, a cultural carry-over from days when the drug was contemplated as dangerous.
It is immoral for the government to restrict harmless pleasures of assenting adults. Marijuana might be unhealthy (which is not by any means clear), but it is every individual’s right to make the decision of taking it or not. A ‘victimless crime’, that is what smoking weed is because only the consumer is taking a risk. It is not right to control how people can or cannot enjoy themselves.
Legalizing Marijuana would seem to put to an end trade by criminal gangs. It would decrease their villainous grasp in both Cannabis producing and importing countries (Caulkins ,108) Legalized, Marijuana could be regulated properly to guarantee safety like other products where restrictions such as age limits are set and awareness of its abuse created.
Economically, US estimates suggested legalizing the herb would make $18 billion for the country annually. These gains would obviously emanate from taxation of Marijuana income. Since prohibition would most likely never atop people from smoking, States may as well earn from the same. Colorado earned itself $5 million a week after allowing retail sales. It would also boost the economy of producing countries, Jamaica, for instance.
However, the use of this soft drug has been considered by addiction specialists as a gateway drug driving consumers to more consequential substance abuse where regular Cannabis users are more likely to attempt other illicit drugs than those who have not smoked Cannabis before (Hall ,40). Also, Marijuana is highly addictive. Also, Marijuana is extremely addictive. Analysis show about one in ten users develop reliance overtime. Irritability or anxiety are some of the effects caused by stopping Marijuana use.
Legalization of Marijuana would also not stop drug hordes but give them an opportunity to expand due to more users and addicts. This liberal pot culture might spawn social crimes which range from muggings to prostitution and other hard drug usage. Research shows that people who smoke pot have a high tendency of committing crimes more than those who do not use the product.
Many countries have incorporated legalization biddings on their table hence this topic extends being a pertinent matter in our present society. It is quite hard to establish which side to stand with. Many are taking interest, ranging from the street dealers who fear being put out of business, medical firms who on their side stand to face loss of profits due to legalization or the states who are most likely to gain from tax revenues on the product. In view of this, it is evident that those who have developed a strong interest over the matter will do whatever it takes to win a larger crowd on their side.

Works Cited
Caulkins, Jonathan P and Kilmer, Beau and Kleiman, Mark AR. Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know{\textregistered}. Oxford University Press, 2016.
Freedy, John R and Kilpatrick, Dean G and Resnick, Heidi S. “Natural disasters and mental health: Theory, assessment, and intervention.” Journal of Social Behavior and Personality (1993): 49.
Hall, Wayne D and Lynskey, Michael. “Is cannabis a gateway drug? Testing hypotheses about the relationship between cannabis use and the use of other illicit drugs.” Drug and alcohol review 24 (2005): 39–48.
Hill, Kevin P. “Medical marijuana for treatment of chronic pain and other medical and psychiatric problems: a clinical review.” Jama 313 (2015): 2474–2483.
Shal, Donna. “Problems of accuracy in official statistics on drug-related deaths.” International journal of the addictions 29 (1994): 1801–1811.

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