Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Marijuana is known globally for its medical uses. It can be used to relieve pain such as headaches, arthritis, or nerve pain. Additionally, cannabis is used to relax a patient. However, usage of the drug is commonly seen to be a precursor to crime or other more harmful narcotics. For many of these opposing points, however, they are far outweighed by marijuana’s positive effects, both economically and physically.
Marijuana has found medical legalization in 21 states, as well as the District of Columbia (Ludlum, Ford). It’s uses vary from pain relief to relaxers. Only two states, Washington and California, have legalized recreational marijuana. As with many illegal drugs, a large problem is the control of it. Marijuana is still on the streets of states who ban its use outside of the medical field. Because of this, the United States has invested a large sum of money to combat it. According to Dr. McNamara, it is estimated that the government spends $15.5 billion dollars for drug control. In addition, he states that the states spend nearly $30 billion on drug war related costs.
One of the largest concerns regarding marijuana is it’s negative impact on public health. The drug is commonly seen as an addictive substance. However, Jamie Frater from Listverse says this: “Less than one percent of Americans smoke cannabis more than once per day. Of the heavy users, a tiny minority develop what appears to be a dependence and rely on the assistance of drug rehabilitation services to stop…

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