Legalization of Marijuana Research Paper

1726 Words Oct 28th, 2011 7 Pages
Marijuana is a very popular drug that many people have used. Over 98 million people over the age of 12 in the United States have smoked marijuana. It is known under many different names such as: weed, bud, ganja, hashish, doobie, reefer, mary-jane and grass. It plays quite a substantial role in modern day pop culture and almost everyone over the age of 16 knows what it is. Despite all this, marijuana is illegal and in most states a person can be sent to jail for the possession of less than a gram of this substance. Even if the person is doing nothing wrong and is subjected to a random search, if that person has marijuana on them, they will be charged with a criminal offense and sent to jail. Marijuana should be legalized because it can …show more content…
There have been 0 recorded deaths caused by smoking marijuana. Even though smoking marijuana cannot kill a person, a common argument is that smoking cannabis can cause cancer. But in a study done by Donald Tashkin at the UCLA School of Medicine, he showed that people who smoke marijuana are at less risk of developing lung cancer than tobacco smokers. In fact, he concluded that people who smoke marijuana are just as likely to get lung head or neck cancer as those who do not smoke anything at all. In a study done by the Wisconsin University of Medicine and Public Health in 2008, investigators found that cannabinoids (chemical compounds found in marijuana) stopped the spread of brain cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lymphoma. A method to eliminate the harm caused to a person’s lungs from smoking marijuana is by cooking food containing oil with marijuana. It is possible to transfer THC (the chemical compound in marijuana that gives a person the sensation of “getting high”) and other cannabinoids from the plant into food, still giving a person the desired feeling without any of the lung damage. When a person drinks alcohol, they usually have a hangover the day after, which is a period of time in which the person’s body is recovering from the binge drinking the night before. It is almost as if that person is sick for most of the day, they cannot function at their full potential. After someone smokes
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