Facts About Marijuana Essay

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Facts About Marijuana

Weed, pot, reefer, grass, dope, hash, herb, Mary Jane, ganja, skunk, boom, kif, gangster; these are all common names for the drug marijuana. Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States, which makes it a problem. Certain officials believe that legalizing this potentially harmful drug will solve the problems that are associated with it. But that is not true. In fact, legalizing marijuana would only make the situation much worse. Although many people argue both sides, it seems to come down to the question of "what will the people actually use this substance for?" Some say medical purposes, others say just for a quick high, but, no matter what way you look at it, marijuana is dangerous and it is
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As for potency, drug traffickers would find ways to make their dope better than that legally allowed (Claim I 1-2). No matter what the government does to either help or appease the problem, it's not going to go away. And other people would find ways to get their buck out of it too. Legalization of marijuana would also lead to increased use and addiction. When the United States legalized alcohol and tobacco use it sent out a message to the people that it is something that is okay. Now, after long hours of research, the population knows that they aren't okay and they aren't good for you. "There are over 50 million nicotine addicts, 18 million alcoholics or problem drinkers, and fewer than 2 million cocaine addicts in the United States. Cocaine is a much more addictive drug than alcohol. If cocaine were legally available, as alcohol and nicotine are now, the number of cocaine abusers would probably rise to … perhaps 20 to 25 million" (Claim III 1). Alaska tried to legalize marijuana, saying that the state could not interfere with a person's possession of marijuana in his home for personal use. Because of this ruling, many Alaskans took it as a signal to "light up", especially the younger ones even though the ruling was for those persona over nineteen years of age. The University of Alaska did a study on it and concluded that the
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