Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1202 Words Nov 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Anyone who smokes marijuana is known to be stoners, hippies, or delinquents. With all the stereotypes, it is becoming harder to accept the facts about the substance. Legalizing weed would change our society in positive ways. Marijuana should be legalized in all states because of its medical, economical, and law enforcement benefits.

Medically, marijuana can help with quite a few things. Diseases like Parkinson’s, when elderly shake uncontrollably, can be completely cured by the high THC level found in marijuana. THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is a chemical made by the body but is enhanced by cannabis. The chemical was first founded in 1964 by Israeli scientist Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. Some may say that THC is chemically unjust for humans to use, but it is found in many prescription drugs. Cesamet (nabilone) and Sativex (nabiximols) are just two on the drugs found with high THC levels. Despite the controversy of brain cells being destroyed, THC actually helps protect them and stimulate their growth. The chemical is known as a “neuroprotectant”, which means what it helps build brain cells back up after under-oxidized stress, inflammation, or any damage done to the brain cells. Dr. Xia Zhang is the scientist behind these finding and wrote to Science Daily, “Most ‘drugs of abuse’ suppress neurogenesis. Only marijuana promotes neurogenesis,” (6 Surprising). THC does not help marijuana in creating a high or altering it. THC is mostly present in the cannabis as THCA…

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