Should Marijuana be legal?
Legalization of marijuana has been debated and debated for years. As years go by there seem to arise more and more issues. This paper will again discuss the issues from various angles of the controversial issue.
There is the issue of our right of freedom of choice. Do we not have the right to choose what we put in our bodies? Can a substance that has not been proven to be any more harmful, when not abused, then alcohol, tobacco, or prescription pain killers be harmful to us.
The clearly proven medical uses of marijuana have been documented for the treatment of pain, nausea, and anxiety of cancer patients (science daily) to decreasing the intraocular pressure in the eyes of glaucoma patients (Jonson). There have also been positive results for the treatment of debilitating weight loss in HIV patients (Randall). There seems to be unfair treatment options to some people with these diseases, since medical marijuana is only legal in eight of our fifty united states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington (Findarcles.com). One also has to consider people not living in one of the eight states and diagnosed with these diseases are having to resort to the use of marijuana purchased on the black market due to its illegal status. In these cases there is no regulation by the FDA, the agency this country relies on for safe monitoring of the production, packaging, and sale of legally approved drugs. These people have no surety of what they are really
inhaling when they smoke a marijuana cigarette.
The “gate way effect of marijuana” supports the feelings that use of recreational marijuana leads to the need and use of harder and more dangerous drugs, like cocaine and heroin. Though there are numerous studies that don’t support this theory this is still and angle to be considered.
Probably the most debated views of the legalization of marijuana are the criminal consequences....