Essay about Benefits and Drawbacks of Legalizing Marijuana

1177 Words Jul 21st, 2013 5 Pages
Compared with harder drugs as cocaine and heroin, marijuana, also named as cannabis or hemp, is considered as a soft drug with less addiction and harm. In the 19th century, it was one of the most important crops in the American continent to the common wealth (Newton, 2013, p.32), but it has been banned to grow in most countries since the 20th century (Newton, 2013, p.45). Given the clamour for “decriminalization” of the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana is growing (Single, 2013, p.456) and the problem of pushing drugs is exacerbated in sight, the proposal of legalizing this illicit drug has been disputed among the governments. This essay tries to weigh up the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana from the perspective of the …show more content…
231). Nevertheless, according to the quantity and purpose of these activities, most of the state governments have convinced that it is reasonable to adjudicate them differently (Ibid). If personal use of marijuana is legalized due to its harmlessness to the public, users may prefer to legally obtain marijuana from the authorized shops and enterprises instead of committing crimes for obtaining drugs. With the guidance from the government, the social and individual security will be guaranteed and the crime rate can be correspondently lowered.
However, from another perspective, legalizing marijuana is unfavorable and unacceptable. Studies have proved that there is intimate relationship between the occurrence of some diseases and the use of marijuana. Tashkin (2005,p.93) has pointed out that Marijuana use is associated with the respiratory and mental illness and is harmful to the cognitive and immune system. Additionally, using marijuana increases the risk of lung cancer (Hashibe et al., 2006, p.1830). Researches have manifested that the number of marijuana smokers suffering from the tortures of cough and sputum is larger than those of non-smokers for the reason that marijuana users usually smoke the mixture of marijuana and some hard drugs harmful to people’s lungs. It has been estimated that the consumption of marijuana will increase about…