Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

944 Words Mar 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Getting the audience’s attention- “Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit…. unnatural?” This is a quote from Bill Hicks.
Relevance- As high school students, marijuana is not unheard of. It is estimated that around 44% of teens have tried marijuana by the age of 16. (National Institute on Drug Abuse). I’m sure many of you in this classroom agree that marijuana should be legalized, as for those who don’t, I’m here to convince you otherwise.
Thesis- I believe marijuana should be legalized due to it’s medical, economical and recreational uses.

Medicinal uses- The benefits of marijuana are plentiful. Marijuana has been used for medical purposes for thousands of years. A popular assumption about marijuana is that it leads to cancer and kills brain cells. In a study conducted by Xia Zhang in 2005 it was found that marijuana increases the growth of brain cells in the hippocampus. This area of the brain is responsible for learning and memory, as well as responsible for anxiety and depression. While most drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, lessen neurogenesis, marijuana endorses it. In another study by Dr. Donald Tashkin it was found that marijuana does not impact our lung health. In fact it was found that marijuana can actually reverse the effects of tobacco and increase lung capacity. With these two myths out of the way we can now talk about the medical benefits…

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