Legalization of Marijuana


The purpose of this paper is to discuss marijuana and compare 
both sides of the issue of legalizing marijuana. We have two factions 
fighting each other; one those who are pro-marijuana and those who are 
anti-marijuana. These two factions have been fighting on this issue on 
the halls of justice for years.

 Pro marijuana legalization groups such as the Physician's 
Association for AIDS Care, National Lymphoma Foundation argue that 
marijuana should be legalized in order to treat terminally ill 
patients. Among them are AIDS victims who find that marijuana 
stimulates their appetites so they can fight off dangerous emaciation; 
glaucoma sufferers who have used marijuana said it has prevented them 
from going blind, and cancer patients for whom it alleviates the 
severe nausea that is often accompanies chemotherapy and sometimes 
makes lifesaving treatment impossible. 

 Due to all these lobbying groups which show substantial 
evidence that marijuana can be used as a prescribed drug. Also many 
advocates who are pro marijuana complain that morphine and cocaine are 
legal and are very dangerous drugs, that brings up the question why 
not legalize marijuana as medical drug which is proven to be less 
dangerous than cocaine and morphine. Lobbying groups in a San Diego, 
California , council committee unanimously voted to urge president 
Bill Clinton and congress to end federal restrictions against the 
use of marijuana for " legitiment medical use." City council women 
Christine kehoe said she wanted the city of San Diego "to go on the 
record we support the medical use marijuana.; marijuana can be a drug 
of necessity in the treatment of AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and multiple 
 Many agencies which are anti marijuana such as Drug 
Enforcement Agency and police departments argue that marijuana 
shouldn't be legalized. These agencies believe that marijuana 
shouldn't be legalized because if marijuana is to become legal then 
thousands more patients using marijuana. Then people will raise the 
question why marijuana illegal at all if its a medicine. 

 The main reason why the Drug Enforcement Agency doesn't want 
marijuana to be legal is because their is no hard core evidence that 
proves that marijuana is a effective drug as a medicine. In twenty 
years of research have produced no reliable scientific proof that 
marijuana has medical value. The American Cancer Society , American 
Glaucoma Society,the National Multiple Sclerosis, the American Academy 
of Ophthalmology, or the American Medical Association , say that their 
is no evidence that marijuana is a medicine. 

 The agencies also argues that no other drug prescribed is 
smoked and that knew findings show that marijuana is acutely harmful 
to AIDS, Cancer patients because the active ingredient in marijuana 
acutely reduces the the bodies white blood cells which fight off 
infection. The Drug Enforcement Agency along with police departments 
all over the United States believe, with the legalization of drugs 
crime will increase due to a higher increase of pot users which will 
eventually become addicts and will still or kill in order to get their 
drugs. These are the main points and reasons why the Drug named 
marijuana shouldn't be legalized in the United States of America. 

 Seeing booth sides of the issue I come to a conclusion that 
marijuana should be legalized in order to help people suffering from 
terminal diseases such as AIDS, Cancer and Glaucoma. Prohibition of 
marijuana over the past decades hasn't deminshed the demand of the 
drug in the United States. The use of marijuana has acutely went up 
due to the mass attention given to marijuana by rappers such as 
Cypress Hill who promote the use of marijuana as a social drug. But I 
believe that marijuana is here to stay in our society and is only 
going through the stages that alcohol had during the prohibition era. 
 Marijuana will become legal due to the knew administration 
which is liberal and who's leader, president Bill Clinton who had 
acutely used marijuana during the nineteen sixties. Due to all these 
factors marijuana will become more widely accepted by the American 
people who will pressure congress to rewrite the laws on the drug 
marijuana. Now its only a matter of time before lobbying groups 
pressure the legislature to legalize it. Due to legalization many 
states will be able to grow marijuana as a cash crop, and the United 
States government will be able to tax marijuana and make revenue off 
it. The revenue made from marijuana will be in the millions which can 
be used for drug rehabs and anti drug programs targeted at elementary 
children. Still by seeing both sides of the issue I'm still one 
hundred percent pro marijuana because I use it socially and I believe 
its less harmful than beer or liquor because with marijuana you can't 


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