Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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The Fight to Get High For years, the fight over legalizing marijuana has always been on every state’s agenda. However, marijuana continues to stir a lot of debate as to whether or not there are benefits from its use. Some refer to marijuana as a hard drug such as cocaine or heroin, especially since it is still classified as a Schedule I substance under federal law. Nevertheless, many Americans point out the medicinal benefits of the herb from several decades of research and studies. Meanwhile, with states such as Colorado and Washington already legalizing recreational marijuana, other states are starting to consider the pros of passing laws that would allow recreational use. As the legalization of marijuana continues to become a vote on ballots across the country, states, and counties; many Americans are concerned about the negative consequences this reform will have on the American youth rather than focusing on the medicinal benefits to an ill individual’s relief. When it comes to the medicinal use of marijuana, groups who oppose its legalization reply by saying that there is nothing positive someone could get from it because it is just a drug. Meanwhile, decades of studies on medical marijuana have proven there are benefits from its use on ill patients. In the article “High Times” written by Laura Sanders, she describes both the positives and negatives of marijuana use on a person’s health. In regards to medicinal use, she states,” Marijuana as a medicine is gathering…

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