Should Marijuana be legalized?

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Marijuana has been given a bad image by the media and government, but it is actually a very effective drug. The dispute about medical marijuana is a becoming a major topic and it should be addressed. Marijuana is the most illicit drug used in the United States and it is less harmful than most legal drugs out there, therefore it should be legalized.
Marijuana has been used as a mediator for attaining ecstasy since ancient times. In 1545 the Spanish introduced marijuana to the New World. In 1611, it became a major crop, along with tobacco. It was in the 1920's that marijuana became very popular. Marijuana clubs, called tea pads, were built in city. These marijuana places were tolerated by the authorities because marijuana was not illegal and customers showed no evidence of disturbing the community. Marijuana was not considered a social threat. After over a decade of decreasing use, marijuana smoking began an upward trend once more in the early 1990s, especially among teenagers. (History of Marijuana) How dangerous is marijuana compared to other legal drugs? Tobacco and alcohol and other drugs make people addicted to them or kill them. If our laws are meant to protect us from harm, than keeping marijuana illegal will only harm us more. It will increase its value and crime rate, as more people will want to buy it. Just like any other drug, marijuana has its pros and cons. The active ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. THC acts on cannabinoid receptors
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