Legalizing Marijuana

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Cause and Effect if Legalizing Marijuana
Miesha White
Western International University
Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility
GSG1345G
Nikolas Larrow-Roberts
December 9, 2013

Cause and Effect if Legalizing Marijuana
In this paper, there will be the highly debatable discussion between legalizing medical marijuana and regular marijuana, as well as the cause and effect it may cause. Both sides of the argument have their pros and cons, however the question still remains, should marijuana be legalized? Marijuana has been a portrayed as negative by the government and has been presented as a menace to the public. While there is much illegal trade and use currently happening, the face that it is one of the most
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“Marijuana is created when the leaves and female flowers of the hemp plant are dried, and it is commonly used but not limited to use in cigarette form.” (Pope & Yurgelun-Todd, 1996, ¶. 5) When the term decriminalization is used, what is proposed is the “elimination of criminal penalties for marijuana, meaning that in most cases possession (with certain restrictions) would be treated as a civil offense and maximum charges could be a fine of a few hundred dollars.” (Pope & Yurgelun-Todd, 1996, p. 5) Decriminalization insures no prison time or creation of a criminal record will occur if you are caught with possession. Marijuana legalization is simply the complete government authorization of the substance. (Ultius Company Blog, 2013, p. 1)
Of the many issues related to the Marijuana legalization debate, Marijuana’s medical use is the most widely discussed of them all. Opponents of Medical Marijuana have and absorbent amount of arguments as to why it should not be made legal.
“The American Medical Association in 2001 stated that Marijuana should remain a schedule 1 drug, primarily basing their decision on the fact that they do not believe it has any medical value and that it has “no accepted medical use” and possesses a “high potential for abuse”. The FDA has a specific process in which the joint medical and scientific communities conduct certain procedures to determine whether drugs can be considered safe and effective as
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