Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

2099 Words Dec 4th, 2016 9 Pages
300 seizures a week. For over five years a little girl named Charlotte underwent constant seizures. They began when she was about 3 months old and averaged about 300 a week for five years. Charlotte had seizures so frequently it slowed her mental development and put her in a catatonic state. Nothing could help her. But after five years her parents finally tried marijuana. Now Charlotte has less than one seizure a week and has become a normal child. What if her parents were too afraid to try it? Marijuana can help people and our country in many ways. So, Recreational marijuana should be legalized because it poses numerous benefits which outweigh the minor downsides.
Marijuana is safer than alcohol. Alcohol is toxic to healthy cells and organs, a side effect that results directly in about 35,000 deaths in the United States every year from illnesses such as cirrhosis of the liver, ulcers, cancer and heart disease. Heavy alcohol consumption can depress the central nervous system. Inducing unconsciousness, coma and death. It is strongly associated with increased risks of injury. According to US Centers for Disease Control, alcohol plays a role in about 41,000 fatal accidents a year and about 1 million violent crimes a year. Worldwide, the statistics are even worse. Alcohol consumption causes a staggering 4 percent of all deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence. By contrast, the active compounds in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, are relatively nontoxic to…

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