Marijuana Debate


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Ever since we began the lesson on why smoking is bad for you, it really got me wondering some things. No, not whether or not smoking cigarettes is good for you- obviously it is not. But, it got me wondering about marijuana. Are there any benefits of smoking it? Should it be legalized? Why is it so frowned upon to use it? So, as I was searching for interesting information, I came upon this article. The article gives stories from both sides, first stating questions about the main ingredient in marijuana, called "THC", is of any medical importance. It then goes on to report that throughout history, there has not been one reported case of death by overdose of marijuana. Also, according to the IARC , it has not been proven yet that THC is a prime cause for cancer either. The article then goes on to say that although most people who use cocaine and heroine previously used marijuana, the theory still remains unproven. Even anti-marijuana people can agree that that last fact is quite obvious. Of course people who want to try drugs aren't going to jump right into cocaine or heroine as their first try. Thats like saying a child is going to try and hop on a two wheel bicycle rather than slowly adapt on a tricycle. Furthermore, marijuana helps relieve pain and nausea as well. I'm not trying to say that everyone should just start smoking marijuana. All that I'm trying to get across is that the reputation that it stands for seems a bit unfair and maybe even unjust. Obviously, it is illegal for a reason. But, if it can bring some good for health issues or anything else, then why shouldn't it be legalized in all states and not just some? That leads me to some questions that I would love to get some answers and/or opinions to. Should marijuana be legalized fully or just for health matters? Is the evidence and research enough proof to not even give it a shot at legalization? As long as any good can or will come out of marijuana, then I don't see a problem with dabbling in it.

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I know a lot of people say it should be legalized simply because they like to smoke pot and others support legalization because they feel it could help the U.S. economy. In my opinion, legalizing marijuana would definitely help depopulate our prisons and things like that. I am not sure of all of the scientific facts and findings of the benefits of marijuana, but if it helps cancer patients or people with other illnesses, I don't see the harm in allowing them to smoke it. No clue what the consequences of complete legalization in our country would be, but I'm hoping, like you said, that some good could come out of it.

I find this a very interesting topic and it reminded me of something I saw about a year ago on Conan. A man named Doug Fine had written a book about legalizing marijuana. It seems like a pretty interesting book to read, and one of the facts that struck me most was that underground cannabis has a revenue of $35.8 BILLION. This exceeds the combined revenue of corn (23.3 billion) and wheat ($7.5 billion). Needless to say, I think the legalization of marijuana would provide a much needed boom to this economy.

I think that marijuana should be legalized fully for many reasons.
Marijuana is used as a healer for many people (or does praying heal someone more?). According to Time Magazine , marijuana was first used in 2737 B.C. by the mystical Emperor Shen Neng of China. It was used for the treatment of gout, rheumatism and malaria among other health issues. Over time, marijuana spread through areas such as The Middle East, Africa, and Asia for religious, health and recreational purposes.
In recent years, marijuana has become a controversial debate due to the constant pressure to legalize it. People want it to be legalized for many reasons. Cancer is one of the biggest death causes in the world. According to LiveStrong , The American Cancer Society and the FDA “approved the active chemical in marijuana for use to treat various terminal conditions, including cancer” as of 2010. The active chemical= THC. Marijuana causes something called munchies, where you have a false sense of hunger. Yes, a marijuana user and an obese person might not mix best. But for people suffering from anorexia, marijuana has been used extensively to assist the person in gaining an appetite. For these health reasons, among many others, marijuana helps many people improve or tolerate their health issue.

On top of this, marijuana has been legal in Holland (although restrictions have recently been set) for quite some time. Studies were done by Business Insider on the top 12 countries with the highest annual consumption of marijuana users in people aged 15 to 64. America ranked 7th at 14.1%. Holland is not even on the list, which goes to show that because it is illegal in the US, people are more likely to use it.

I think that marijuana should be legalized fully for many reasons.
Marijuana is used as a healer for many people (or does praying heal someone more?). According to Time Magazine , marijuana was first used in 2737 B.C. by the mystical Emperor Shen Neng of China. It was used for the treatment of gout, rheumatism and malaria among other health issues. Over time, marijuana spread through areas such as The Middle East, Africa, and Asia for religious, health and recreational purposes.
In recent years, marijuana has become a controversial debate due to the constant pressure to legalize it. People want it to be legalized for many reasons. Cancer is one of the biggest death causes in the world. According to LiveStrong , The American Cancer Society and the FDA “approved the active chemical in marijuana for use to treat various terminal conditions, including cancer” as of 2010. The active chemical= THC. Marijuana causes something called munchies, where you have a false sense of hunger. Yes, a marijuana user and an obese person might not mix best. But for people suffering from anorexia, marijuana has been used extensively to assist the person in gaining an appetite. For these health reasons, among many others, marijuana helps many people improve or tolerate their health issue.

On top of this, marijuana has been legal in Holland (although restrictions have recently been set) for quite some time. Studies were done by Business Insider on the top 12 countries with the highest annual consumption of marijuana users in people aged 15 to 64. America ranked 7th at 14.1%. Holland is not even on the list, which goes to show that because it is illegal in the US, people are more likely to use it.

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