Should Marijuana Remain an Illegal Substance

1911 Words Mar 2nd, 2002 8 Pages

Marijuana has become a more and more acceptable drug over the past few years despite its many side effects, not only on the user, but also on society as a whole. Due to these side effects on society and the marijuana user, it would be in the best interest of everyone that marijuana remains an illegal substance. On one side of the issue you have marijuana users saying that it is their choice on whether or not they should be allowed to smoke marijuana. The question we have to ask ourselves is, are individual freedoms so important that we are willing to allow these individual freedoms to continue without consequence, even if their actions are harmful. The purpose of this essay will be to put
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The child is to continue to go to school until he or she is old enough to make the decision on their own (age 16). The government has made the decision to make this law because they feel it is in the best interest of the country for all children to have the same basic opportunity at an education. This example of how are choices are restricted is very similar to that of the use of marijuana. The theory the government is using is that the consequences to society outweigh the individual's rights. So therefore the substance should be illegal because the government has to be concerned with the well being of society as a whole not on a one to one basis.
As for the example of the miner and the marijuana user, the miner is only causing health problems to himself. The marijuana user effects the health of everyone around him or her due to the serious health effects of second hand smoke.
On the other side of the coin there is also the health benefits that marijuana provides like a cure of nausea. How come we cannot allow people who are feeling a little bit queasy to use marijuana? We cannot let them use marijuana in this case because the health problems they would have from marijuana would be more severe than the benefits, if they used the substance whenever they felt nauseous. What about a cancer patient who is on their deathbed and is suffering from