Should Marijuana Be Legal?
Marijuana is the most commonly
used illegal drug in the United States and in most other countries as
well. More than seventy million Americans have tried marijuana, and
more than twenty million have smoked it in the last year.
Smoking marijuana is not a twentieth century invention. It started in
the Himalayas during the latter part of the â€œStone Ageâ€, around 11,000
B.C. Many cultures since then have taken up smoking â€œpotâ€. We have
adopted many names for marijuana. Some of the more popular names
include pot, herb, weed, grass, Mary Jane, reefer, dope, skunkweed and
In 1937, with the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act, the United
States effectively banned recreational and medicinal use of cannabis.
The prohibition of marijuana has not been effective. Anyone can easily
purchase â€œpotâ€ in every state or county within. Since the 1970s
pressure has been building to move away from the total prohibition of
cannabis. Some states have legalized the use of â€œmedical marijuanaâ€.
A few myths about marijuana: (according to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union Drug Task Force)
* Marijuana causes brain damage.
* Marijuana damages the reproductive system.
* Marijuana is a "gateway" drug-it leads to hard drugs.
* Marijuana suppresses the immune system.
* Marijuana is much more dangerous than tobacco.
* Legal marijuana would cause carnage on the highways.
* Marijuana "flattens" human brainwaves.
* Marijuana is more potent today than in the past.
* Marijuana impairs short-term memory.
* Marijuana lingers in the body like DDT.
* There are over a thousand chemicals in marijuana smoke.
* No one has ever died of a marijuana overdose.
A few benefits of â€œmedical marijuanaâ€ (according to Mayo Clinic Research Scientists and Physicians)
* Controls nausea (benefit for chemo patients)
* Controls weight loss (benefit for anorexic patients, AIDS patients, & Cancer patients
* Reduces pressure in the eyes (benefit for those with Glaucoma,
present medication loses its effectiveness after a short treatment
* Reduces tremors (Parkinsonâ€™s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS)
* Reduces muscle spasms (Parkinsonâ€™s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS)
* Reduces pain (Cancer patients, Parkinsonâ€™s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS,
Neurological issues, Migraines,) Has an analgesic effect that seems to
work as well as codeine and enhances the effect of other pain
* May protect nerves from damage (MS)
* Can control dosage, quick response to smoking
* Only 3% addiction problem
The real question isâ€¦"Why should marijuana be illegal?" We, as
individuals, should be able to make choices for ourselves. The
government should only limit these choices if the actions endanger
someone else. Marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol, tobacco, or
many legal (over the counter and prescribed) drugs.