Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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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…show more content…
Using marijuana wreaks havoc on the user’s social life. It robs them of the facets of life. They are never able to overcome challenges or enjoy the simple pleasures in life because marijuana distorts the individual’s perceptions and causes an artificial sense of pleasure that becomes addictive. Once an addict attempts to quit marijuana the person becomes irritable, tired, and constantly craves the drug. Marijuana is addictive because it produces the toxin THC. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, causes the chemical response in the users body. It bonds to receptors in the brain that releases dopamine that causes euphoria or a person to feel "high". Most proponents of the legalization of marijuana will refute that Marijuana is becoming a basis in the medical field. They claim that marijuana is the only drug that eases the pain and suffering of patients. Marijuana is the only drug that treats their symptoms without devastating side effects. It alleviates the symptoms of cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, AIDS, and glaucoma. Over seventy percent of today’s voters, which include majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, support marijuana use with a doctor’s recommendation. In 1972, the United States Congress placed marijuana under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have “no accepted medical use.” Marijuana is bad for people’s health, mental and physical. The American Medical Association states that “heavy cannabis use
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