Introduction and Conclusion

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Each year in the United States there are hundreds of deaths contributed to alcohol overdoses and each year smoking causes nearly 1 in 5 deaths. Alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs around; drinking 10 times the amount needed to feel the desired affect can lead to death while 87% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking. There has never been any documents showing a case of lung-cancer in a marijuana only smoker and recent studies show that marijuana use is not associated with any type of cancer. Why are alcohol and cigarettes legal if they cause so many deaths each year? Even though marijuana is hypothesized to be a gateway drug that leads to harder drug use marijuana should either be legalized or other legal substances should be controlled. Research suggests propensity of drug use depends upon the individual, not the individual drug, and the effects are not as harmful as alcohol or tobacco. Overall there are hundreds of deaths each year associated with drinking and hundreds of
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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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