A Blunt Reality: The Controversial Issue of Marijuana Legalization

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Oscar Wilde once said, “Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.” This is indeed what is required when it comes to the lately controversial issue of legalizing cannabis. Of course, several states have publicly legalized marijuana to the extent of medical use (with the exception of Colorado as it legalized both medical and recreational use). If something with a notoriously high capacity for abuse is forbidden but more and more exceptions are being made until everyone starts experimenting with it, we’ve got a problem on our hands. Although there are any number of reasons you can come with as to why marijuana should not be legalized, the bottom line includes: its scientifically proven negative effects on health, the threat it …show more content…

Of it was smoked before driving a vehicle or flying a plane, they are subject to its effects and therefore the catalyst of any suffering they may bring upon innocent people. If marijuana was fully legalized in all 50 states, is this what you would wish on your friends and family? As for the states who have already legalized medical use of marijuana, it is not approved by the FDA whose approval is mandatory for prescription pills. They support the stand that marijuana is harmful as do several other organizations in the field. Two other medications that were approved by the FDA involved two safely isolated components of the plant. The compounds of cannabis that can positively contribute can be safely isolated rather than coming with the harmful parts. Despite the fact that marijuana can be partially useful, when something is more dangerous than it is good, the law tends not to be liberal with it. In addition to its harmful effects on health, marijuana also takes a toll on the environment. The plants require a lot of water to flourish, the people who run pot farms (both legitimate and not) are likely willing to go to any length to make sure their operation is lucrative. This results in the threat of millions of gallons of water being illegally siphoned void of regulation. Also, grow houses-particularly outdoor ones-include heavy use of chemical fertilizers. When growers dump out the old soil that still has

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