Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

4026 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 17 Pages
Problem Statement The United States is facing a new problem that it has not encountered before which is the increasing rate of underage use of marijuana in a volatile legal environment. The fact is that what used to be illegal in all of the United States is now starting to become legal, especially in Colorado and Washington, for both medical and recreational use. While many other states have legalized marijuana use for medical purposes, it is still illegal for anyone to use it recreationally. Marijuana use in adolescences is currently on the rise due to the perception of the drug, in addition to the interest, as of today.
In the year 2013 we have seen an increase in marijuana use in teenagers with seven percent of 8th graders, eighteen percent of 10th graders, and twenty-three percent of 12th graders reporting the use of marijuana. This has risen significantly from the mid-2000s, where we saw 8th graders at six percent, 10th graders at fourteen percent, and 12th graders at nineteen percent. The younger generation is viewing the drug as not being dangerous and because of this the use in younger people is beginning to rise. (High school youth trends, 2014). This is because of the changing of laws that legalize marijuana for those of age, which leads people not of age to view the drug as having no real health issues. Marijuana is the second most used drug in high school students and college students, the first is alcohol. The following is a chart from 2012 of…

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