Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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The legalization of marijuana became a heated political subject in the last few years. Twenty-one states in America have legalized medical marijuana. Colorado and Washington are the only states where marijuana can be purchased recreationally. Marijuana is the high THC level part of the cannabis plant, which gives users the “high” feeling. There is ample evidence that supports the argument that marijuana is beneficial. The government should legalize marijuana recreationally for three main reasons. First, I will present two common arguments against the legalization of marijuana and then refute them. Second, I will explain how there is no proof of harmful effects from marijuana and that there are many health benefits prominent. Third, I will describe how legalization would bring in tax revenue for the government. Finally, I will go into detail on how legalization would decrease crime rates. There are opposing viewpoints to the idea of legalizing marijuana. One counter-argument is that marijuana is highly addictive. If the belief exists that anything highly addictive should not be out on the market, than it can be reasonable to argue that cigarettes or prescription drugs should not be available to consumers as well. The argument of marijuana being highly addictive is false. Dr. Riggs argues, “About nine percent of individuals who repeatedly use it [marijuana] may become addicted” (The Dr. Oz Show, 2013). She uses the key word “may” which is not concrete. Nine percent of
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