Introduction and Conclusion“I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in braindamage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.” Ronald Regan (American 40th USPresident (1981- 89), 1911-2004). The statement above is one of many examples of thenegativity and ignorance that surrounds marijuana. People feel that marijuana is a gateway drugor relate the drug to crime. What they feel to see is the legalization of marijuana will reducecrime, poverty, and other negative effects the drug has on society in the United States. Marijuanais surrounded by myths, fallacies, and ignorance. The chemical make-up, myths, expense ofcriminal justice, and reasons for legalization of marijuana will all be discussed in this essay.