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Essay 2 marijuana.docx

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Chase Lopez Cruz English 112-4242 5 March 2018 Rogerian Argument Marijuana Legalization The topic of marijuana legalization is a widely discussed topic with passionate proponents and opponents on both sides. For decades education and government programs have worked to reduce rates of marijuana consumption. This issue is similar to the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s, which was done with public health in mind. However, alcohol prohibition led to an increase in the influence of gangs, similar to the effects of marijuana prohibition. Opponents say that there is very little concrete evidence and data to support the medical benefits of marijuana. Also, they argue that it will increase the ease of access that children will have to the drug. Proponents for legalization argue that it has many medical benefits for people suffering from glaucoma, cancer, and chronic pain. They also point to evidence that marijuana has zero deaths due to overdose and that alcohol is much more dangerous than marijuana. Opponents to marijuana legalization point to the invalidity of many prescriptions in medicinal states and they believe that marijuana use correlates with criminal or delinquent behavior. Robert G. Morris et al. from “The Effects of Medical Marijuana Laws on Crime” found that juveniles whose urine tested positive for marijuana had a significantly higher number of referrals to juvenile court than those who tested negative.
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Opponents argue that by making marijuana legal these trends will continue leading to an increase in crime. Morris states that “in a study using data collected from school age adolescents in the Netherlands, those who reported marijuana use tended to report more delinquent and aggressive behaviors” (Morris 2). The results of this study are important because Netherlands decriminalized marijuana, so it is unlikely that this is due to users having to participate in the illegal market. This was a cross-sectional study of the correlation between marijuana use and crime; the longitudinal study shows the correlation across the years. Morris states that “using multi-wave data, research has shown that adolescents who reported marijuana use at age 15 were more likely to report violent behavior at 19” (Morris 2). The results of this study indicate that marijuana use during adolescence could impact violent behavior in young adulthood. Also it was found that frequent marijuana use during adolescence was associated with an 85 percent increase in the odds of being involved with a violent intimate partner. This strong correlation of marijuana and crime is one of the main reasons opponents feel legalization will lead to more crime. The invalidity of many written prescriptions is a big issue with the opposition; they argue that medical marijuana legalization is just recreational legalization with a fancy name. One example is a doctor, who was later proved to be an acupuncturist, wrote a prescription for an NBC news investigator even though he was 67 miles away at the time.
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