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William Maurice Instructor: Lisa Foley Substance Abuse Winter/Spring semester NSCC 2007 Would America Benefit if Marijuana was Legal? In the perspective of America's war on drugs, marijuana is one of the biggest enemies. And since alcohol and tobacco, two life threatening substances, are legal it is a relevant question to ask why marijuana is illegal. The taxpayers of America can partly answer this question when they fill out their tax forms and when they hear the language used against marijuana by the government. The fact that marijuana is illegal is sufficiently caused by the amount of money, jobs, and pride invested in the drug war. In other words, the government cannot turn back now. In order to demonstrate this cause, the difference between illegal and legal substances (specifically alcohol and marijuana) must be abolished. Alcohol, as we all know, was once illegal. The reason that it was illegal was because the ill effects of alcohol led many people to fight for the prohibition cause. Some of these ill effects are direct and some alter the behavior and motor skills of the drinker, helping them do things they would not usually do. More often than not, the direct effects result from heavy drinking, like "alcoholics tend to have symptoms of depression" (Rittenhouse 142). Just getting drunk can do serious harm and alcohol is a human health threat. "The major cause of brain damage from alcohol is accidental trauma" (142)
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Marijuana on the other hand seems a little out of place in its classification as illegal. While short term use has been proven therapeutic for pain relief in cancer and glaucoma patients, daily use has been proven to only have a harmful impact. Long term
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course DRUG AND A 897234879 taught by Professor Foley during the Spring '08 term at North Shore.

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