Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

895 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Should marijuana be legalized? In the eyes of some American 's, marijuana is one of the biggest enemies in today’s society. Since alcohol and tobacco, both a life threatening substances are legal, it is only right to question, why marijuana is illegal. When speaking of the legalization of marijuana, it is important to identify which facts pertaining to marijuana use are stereotypes, truths, and egregious slander. Many people that have never been exposed to the plant have preconceived notions of marijuana being closely related to delinquency while others, both knowledgeable and naive of the plant, strive to expose the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. Marijuana should be legalized on the grounds that the reputation it has accumulated over the decades is largely false, its uses are very helpful in a lot of medical cases, and truthfully, legalizing marijuana could benefit the economy unimaginably. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines a drug as a “substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body.” Under this definition, both legal and “illegal” drugs, such as Nyquil, Tylenol, marijuana, and cocaine are classified as drugs. As author Rudolph Gerber states, "our nations pot picture has not always been so bucolic. Our prohibition of pot reveals a rooted in racism and hysteria"(Gerber 22). The use of marijuana is and has been a very controversial issue among Americans for many slanderous claims about the use of marijuana, but the truth is…

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