Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1714 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
The Point of the Joint
We can’t live in a society that is both free and drug free. 79 years ago, marijuana became prohibited in the United States (PBS). Today, we find the topic of marijuana’s legality in all forms of media and every level of politics. It is now a never ending topic of public debates. The goal is to answer the question that refuses to die: should marijuana be legalized? Marijuana may not be for you, it may make you paranoid or uncomfortable, and no one should be forced to use it; but, legalizing marijuana in the United States would be beneficial for many reasons. The main purpose of this research study is to educate you on all the debunked myths, the differences and dangers between illicit and legal drugs, and how legalizing marijuana would disintegrate drug related incarceration rates.
First, there are a number of myths that gave marijuana users a degraded name. The most controversial topic about marijuana is The Gateway Theory. This theory states that by consuming cannabis, the chances of that individual using harder substances such as heroin and cocaine increases. This is false. A study from NORML showed the relation between marijuana use and other illicit drugs and they do not seem to match up. The study showed how marijuana use increased in the 1960s and 1970s, during that time, heroin use declined. The same study showed the use of cocaine increasing in the early 1980s while marijuana use was declining. The rate of hallucinogens hardly changed at all…

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