Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1384 Words6 Pages
Marijuana Legalization Views on marijuana use and its legal status are slowly shifting across America. What was once viewed as a dangerous gateway drug is slowly being legalized across the nation for medicinal and recreational purposes. Alcohol is often used as a comparator to marijuana for good reason. Banning alcohol was attempted before and it was not successful. Marijuana is currently progressing through a similar phase alcohol went through during the Prohibition Era. Four states, including Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska, now allow the use of recreational marijuana. Ironically, despite marijuana use still being illegal under federal law, Washington D.C., the nation’s capital, allows it as well. Marijuana should be legalized, both medically and recreationally, across the nation because it is less deadly than alcohol, stimulates the economy and generates tax revenue, and provides medical relief for serious ailments. Marijuana use is far less deadly than alcohol use. The statistics on alcohol-related deaths, from overdose alone, are astounding. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “During 2010–2012, an annual average of 2,221 alcohol poisoning deaths (8.8 deaths per 1 million population) occurred among persons aged ≥15 years in the United States” (Brewer et al). On the other hand, there has never been a reported death from marijuana overdose. The National Cancer Institute reports, “Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are

More about Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Get Access