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Michael A. Joyner
29 September 2013
It seems now more than ever there is more conversation on legalizing Marijuana with in the United States. Why marijuana is still legal across most of the states makes no sense. The marijuana plant is less intoxicating than alcohol by a long shot, has never killed anyone from an over dose, help’s people with pain and hunger issues when sick, a social icebreaker, and not to mention not nearly as deadly as a cigarette. Cigarettes Kill 443,000 people a year-in the United States alone. Vending machines kill 10 people a year. That’s 443,010 more than cannabis has ever killed.
One could say it doesn’t matter it’s a drug and it’s the gateway drug to heavier more toxic one’s. Legalizing would change were people buy it, creating a situation where it is the only thing sold. By selling in stores and gas stations, drug dealers that sell the other harder drugs would not sell pot when you can just get it at any store. Question yourself would you go to a dealer for any beer or cigarettes. No their legal items which can be bought at the store so there is no money to be made. Why wouldn’t it be because it’s illegal and people get “the gateway drug” from people who might also sell other harder drugs, there is no other choice?
So many untrue stories have been told about marijuana, websites like www.drugabuse.gov have posted information like:
Research clearly demonstrates that marijuana has the potential to cause problems in daily life or make a person's existing problems worse. In fact, heavy marijuana users generally report lower life satisfaction, poorer mental and physical health, relationship problems, and lower educational and career success compared to their peers who came from similar backgrounds. For example, marijuana use is associated with a greater likelihood of dropping out from school. Several studies also associate workers' marijuana smoking...