Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Can a drug that is responsible for thousands of arrests each year actually be considered beneficial? Cannabis Sativa, or more commonly know as marijuana, has been previously known as a 'gateway drug '. It is the most commonly used illicit drug amongst varying age groups in the United States.
Although there are 85 active cannabinoids in marijuana, two of them make up the plants majority. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is one of the main active cannabinoids in marijuana. Cannabidol (CBD), which makes up 40% of the plants extract, leaves the user with an overall body high making this the main ingredient in marijuana 's medical uses.
Marijuana is typically smoked but can also be taking orally in forms of oils, baked goods, teas, and candies. Smoking marijuana is the quickest route of administration moving quickly from the lungs to the blood-stream. When marijuana is ingested, the body absorbs THC slower and the effects will occur 30 minutes to an hour later.

Some short-term effects include altered senses, changes in mood, impaired body movement, difficulty with thinking and problem-solving and impaired memory. (NIDA, 2015)
Historically, marijuana was thought of as a harmful drug that children should steer clear of. However, the stigma surrounding marijuana has changed. Many have been calling marijuana the new 'miracle drug ' with medical benefits for cancer and AIDS patients. Although still federally illegal, states like Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana…

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