Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1053 Words Dec 1st, 2014 5 Pages
There are no good reasons to legalize marijuana. It will have no benefits in today’s society. Legalizing marijuana will simply add on to the list of harmful intoxicants that are already being fought against such as cigarettes, alcohol, and methamphetamine. Although proponents of the legalization of marijuana claim it is for medicinal uses, there is no scientific evidence of marijuana being bad, and it is no worse than alcohol, marijuana is unacceptable because it causes destructive behaviors, lowers IQ, and causes birth defects. Why should laws be changed to legalize marijuana? Marijuana should never be legalized. Society would knowingly be adding another harmful toxin to the list. Although so many people already break the laws prohibiting marijuana that does not mean society should change its law against marijuana to cater to a small percentage of people. The ban on marijuana was made by the government to protect its citizens from the dangers of drug consumption. Marijuana causes destructive behaviors within people and it is extremely addictive. Estimates suggest that about nine percent of users become addicted to marijuana and this percent increases to about seventeen percent among those who start at a younger age and it increase even more to between twenty-five and fifty percent among daily marijuana users. Dr. Drew Pinsky said “of the 7.3 million persons aged 12 or older classified with illicit drug dependence or abuse in 2012, 4.3 million persons had marijuana…

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