Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

957 Words Oct 28th, 2014 4 Pages
Marijuana has been and continues to be a topic of major discussion in the United States. Until recently marijuana was only available in select states to people who have legitimate medical conditions and whose doctors believe that they could benefit from marijuana use. Recently however, both Colorado and Washington have both passed legislation allowing the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes for adults 21 years of age and older. These recreational marijuana legislations hold major implications regarding the future of marijuana and its legality in the United States. While this new legislation may be scary to some, I welcome the legalization of marijuana for recreational use for a number of different reasons.
For some Pot is perceived to be an incredibly dangerous drug, on the same plane as acid, ecstasy and even heroin. So why do people associate marijuana with a substance as dangerous and as addictive as heroin? For a couple of reasons, First of which is the fact that the United States Government Has Scheduled marijuana as a schedule 1 drug. What does that mean you may be asking, well according to justice.gov, “Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD),…

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