Unformatted text preview: thousands associated with smoking. Considering the withdrawal effects and deaths these two legal substances cause each year would lead me to believe less harmful substances should be legalized. Marijuana has been show not to be a gateway drug, but an easy drug to access and other common factors related to what is a gateway drug for each individual. Marijuana is even used as medical treatment for certain cases and neither alcohol nor cigarettes have ever been used to heal medically. What are the guidelines followed to determine what substances are legal and which are not? Obviously the public must be missing some of the guidelines because there are two substances that cause a substantial amount of deaths each year people are allowed to use at their own leisure. If we are to allow people to use substances that can eventually kill them, then we should allow the use of substances that do not have nearly as harmful effects....
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- Spring '11
- lung cancer deaths, gateway drug, legal substances