Essay about Marijuana Should Be Legalized in the United States

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There have been zero deaths in America directly contributed to marijuana use, yet there are an estimated 20,000 deaths in America due to alcohol. One of these substances is legal and the other one isn’t. If you were to guess which one was legal based off this fact you would most likely choose marijuana, but you would be wrong. Marijuana is not only illegal in America, but it is classified as a schedule 1 drug meaning it is in the same category as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Cocaine and meth are known to have much worse side effects and cause much more harm to the body than marijuana, yet both are only classified as a schedule 2 drug. This makes many people think that marijuana is a harmful drug, but it isn’t. It also leads to many …show more content…
There have been zero deaths in America directly contributed to marijuana use, yet there are an estimated 20,000 deaths in America due to alcohol. One of these substances is legal and the other one isn’t. If you were to guess which one was legal based off this fact you would most likely choose marijuana, but you would be wrong. Marijuana is not only illegal in America, but it is classified as a schedule 1 drug meaning it is in the same category as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Cocaine and meth are known to have much worse side effects and cause much more harm to the body than marijuana, yet both are only classified as a schedule 2 drug. This makes many people think that marijuana is a harmful drug, but it isn’t. It also leads to many misconceptions about the drug and what the drug actually does to your body. Marijuana should be legalized because of its many uses in medicine, its uses as hemp, the ability to control the production and sale of the drug to teenagers and kids, it will lead to a decrease in crime, and its ability to make money as a cash crop. Marijuana has for over a decade been legal in certain states, such as California, for medical use only. This means that if a person has permission from their doctor they can acquire marijuana legally, either from growing or buying it, and then consume it. Marijuana dispensaries are places where medical marijuana is purchased legally and then sold legally to the people who are authorized to buy it. It is very easy to be able to
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