Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

897 WordsDec 11, 20154 Pages
A very well-known topic in today 's society is marijuana also known as cannabis or weed. As a matter of fact, the big question today that many people tend to disagree on is whether or not marijuana should be legalized? Recently, all eyes have been focused on Colorado due to the fact that they became the first state in the U.S to officially pass an amendment legalizing the consumption and use of marijuana. Marijuana can be classified as a depressant and a hallucinogen. This drug has been around since ancient times, and has been traced back to 2700 BC China, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nun used cannabis as a source of medicine and also for spiritual purposes. Later in 1611, marijuana was brought over to the “new world” by new…show more content…
By legalizing marijuana it can benefit the country economically. If the government put marijuana on the market then our country would gain a tremendous amount of tax money. By legalizing marijuana it would also help benefit many people medically. The number one reason medical marijuana is used for is PTSD, a post-traumatic stress disorder. Many veterans tend to suffer from this disorder when they comeback from gruesome wars. Medical marijuana is also used to prevent glaucoma, which is an eye disease that damages the optic nerves and causes vision loss or blindness. “One of the most well-known medical uses of marijuana is for people going through chemotherapy. (Jennifer Welsh)” THC is short for “tetrahydrocannabidinol: the active ingredient in cannabis, giving it its narcotic and psychoactive effects (Dictionary Reference)” found in cannabis has been proven to prevent seizures. Statistics have shown when THC is consumed it begins to relax and control the brain cells excitability. THC has also been proven to slow the formation of amyloid plaques that kill brain cells causing Alzheimer 's disease. THC has also been proven to help relieve pain. Since this drug helps relieve pain many people that suffer from multiple sclerosis and arthritis could benefit from this. The list can go on because marijuana has numerous amounts of medical purposes that can people can benefit from. Legalizing marijuana can in fact, increase the economy. For example,
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