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Unformatted text preview: Connor Loop Prof. Harding Final English Paper (Legalization of Marijuana) Ma rijuana: A Plant or D rug? The legalization of marijuana has been one of the leading debates and political issues over the last twenty years in the United States. America’s “War on Drugs” is an intense operation to eliminate narcotics on the streets and often catch the criminal distribution before it even reaches the public. Citizens of the United States have petitioned for the legalization of marijuana since its origin, yet minimal progress has been made and the illegal existence of the plant remains. Congress has faced the vote to legalize marijuana countless times while the majority of politicians favor the ban on the substance, however there are certain individuals of political office that have and continue to vote for its legalization. America’s emphasis and concern for the use, distribution, and growth of marijuana is outstanding with arrests reaching nearly 5.9 million since the year 1990. A large amount of time, money, and man-power has been applied to the operation of controlling the substance of marijuana in society and many people argue against this. As long as marijuana is not legalized, the debate and fight for its legalization will undoubtedly continue from the millions of people who use the herbal matter in this country alone. The argument against the legalization of marijuana is pretty cut and dry, mainly with references to safety, morality, and the health risks that marijuana can pose. The first and most classic point of the argument against legalizing marijuana is its characterization of a “gateway drug,” meaning it can lead to the experimentation and often the abuse of other harsher drugs such as cocaine and heroin for example. The reasoning behind this argument is that marijuana smokers will seek a new and more intense high after their use of weed becomes old and no longer entertaining. “In other words, people experiment with what is often thought of as a "harmless" drug. Then, after using it for a while, a bigger "high" is sought; thus, users then turn to the harder stuff like heroin, LSD, cocaine, etc.” 1 Another argument used against the legalization of marijuana is the fact that marijuana impairs one’s coordination and judgment. The biggest fear involved with this effect is driving an automobile and the risk that a stoned driver poses to the public with innocent bystanders on the road. The safety and well-being of the public is the government’s first and foremost concern and legalizing the substance of marijuana 1 1 Messerli, Joe. http://www.balancedpolitics.org/marijuana_legalization.htm would increase the hazard and danger that an individual can create while under the influence. The majority of our country’s politicians feel that it is a huge risk to allow the product of marijuana to be legal for recreational use due to the unknown extent of the public’s reaction. Upon legalization, the already hazardous hallucinogenic, marijuana, could spread wildly across our nation’s youth and infect the population...
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