Should the federal government legalize marijuana?

On January 1, 2018, California became the latest state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. Although legal in 29  states and the District of Columbia for recreational or medicinal use, the federal government still classifies marijuana as a “Schedule I controlled substance,” and it is, therefore, a federal crime to possess, buy, or sell cannabis. This means that there are still many roadblocks that could prevent dispensaries from freely and easily selling marijuana and federal agents can still arrest those in possession of the drug, even if it is legal in that particular state.

One side of the debate believes that the legalization of marijuana would lower the number of people, historically poor and minorities, in jail for what they see as a “victimless crime.” For those on this side, the legalization of marijuana is a criminal justice issue. These advocates also maintain that legalization would reduce the proliferation of the sale of cannabis on the black market.

Those in favor of keeping marijuana illegal on the federal level believe that it is an issue of public safety. They maintain that legalization will lead to more accidents on our highways, and more crime in general.  They also regard cannabis as a “gateway” drug that can lead people to addiction to more lethal substances.

What do you think? Should the federal government legalize marijuana?

Current Standings:
Yes: 76%
No: 24%
  • Daniel from New Jersey

    Marijuana is essential for many individuals; it proportions calmness, tranquility and can be a stress-reliever, but, as most likely all drugs , it has been abused by its power. Marijuana is useful for many purposes, like medical care, stress relief, etc., plus, it is less dangerous than other drugs (alcohol, tobacco, etc). It is known for its non-common odor and bizarre hallucinations, plus extravagant chemicals that Marijuana contains–THC and CBD. One solution that can be postulated by this magnificent but incredibly problematic substance is that,yes, it can be used not just for medical purposes, but for stress relief or enjoyment as well. However, it must have some rules.No smoking in or around your house would be an applicable rule for this case, as well as no smoking on the streets. There will be many dispersed buildings open for people who would like to go and smoke there, not harming any citizen at all, and making marijuana legal not just for medical purposes, but for pleasure too. Selling and distributing Marijuana will not be illegal at all, as long as the agent has a permission, and an adequate or acceptable store. In conclusion, Marijuana can be legally accepted for medical, enjoyment, and stress-reliever purpose.

    Sources: https://news.medicalmarijuanainc.com/differences-cbd-thc/
    https://www.themaven.net/theweedblog/culture/25-legal-drugs-more-dangerous-than-marijuana-AzYYYpfAfkWLZ8ThusMoOA?full=1

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    • Daniel from Georgia

      I would like to note that medical marijuana is already legal via state and local laws in about 46 states. There is absolutely no reason to legalize marijuana in America if not for this reason, since it has been proven that marijuana has highly detrimental effects on the human body. The government has a duty to protect the American people from using drugs like marijuana to harm themselves on the pathetic excuse that it is to “relax” or to “enjoy themselves,” when they are actually contributing to a rapid deterioration of their bodies unknowingly.

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  • Emily from Wisconsin

    There are many other more problematic drugs that we should be focusing on. While I don’t agree with doing drugs, if we put a tax on marijuana, then think of all the money that can be used to fix real problems. And if we legalize it, people who actually need it for medical purposes will be able to access more “pure” marijuana easier and maybe even cheaper.

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  • Makayla from Kansas

    Marijuana has a lot of benefits for medical issues. I understand that people do stupid things while high. My personal opinion is yes because it could help people in different ways. There are many people that some it to feel better about themselves, or to calm themselves down. People have been treated with cannabis oil and other types of weed besides smoking it. People make taxes off of it, and it would make the people in jail or prison over it would go down. There are more hardcore drugs that could mess your life up. I don’t think that it is a gateway drug to the other ones. Most people feel better or feel they cant be social more when they are high than when they aren’t high.

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  • Ryan from Kentucky

    People who are suffering from multimultiple things like epilepsy Parkinson’s anxiety cancer and a number of other things should have the right to have access to medicine that works without the horabal danger of conventional meds

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  • Adam from Maryland

    Marijuana was made illegal by the federal government in the early 1900s as a result of the Mexican Revolution. Hate directed towards Mexicans developed because of the rising immigration problems. The restriction of Marijuana was a political scheme to inspire racism and win votes for for the current President’s reelection, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The movement was spear headed by the yellow journalist William Randolph Hearst, using sensationalist methods, to increase the viewing of his media company, Hearst communications, and it worked. Marijuana should have never been restricted in the first place.

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  • Jalen from Alabama

    Marijuana is very essential for people that are addicted to other things that are very harmful. They can use this herb to relieve pain and cure other things that prescriptions do. This offers an alternative to putting chemical pills in your body.

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  • Jeanette from Kansas

    Marijuana is safe and helps in the area of peoples disables that medicine cannot.

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  • Natalie from Arizona

    While many people are in favor of the legalization of marijuana for the medicinal or economic benefits, I wish to highlight a position that focuses more on those who have been incarcerated because of the drug being illegal. Ever since it’s inception, the “war on weed” used overtly racist language against people of color to demonize the drug. The father of this movement, Harry Anslinger, was once quoted saying, “reefers make darkies think they’re as good as white men”. Nearly 75 years later and the discriminatory intentions of the early founders of the “war on weed” have been successfully met. A 2013 study done by the American Civil Liberties Union found that “blacks across the nation were nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, despite data that suggested they use the drug at about the same rate”. This disparity was analyzed again by in the journal Crime & Delinquency, which found that “by the age of 23, nearly 50 percent of black males have been arrested, compared to 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males”. These statistic clearly represents the disproportionate targeting of minorities, especially black people, when fighting this war on drugs. Because of the fact that pot is considered a “class one” drug, along with heroin, those found guilty of possession can be sentenced to years of prison. American jails are disproportionately filled with people of color who proportionately partake in the same illegal activities as white people. This injustice will dramatically decrease upon the legalization of marijuana.
    Source:https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/14/marijuana-prohibition-racist_n_4590190.html

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  • Robyn from Arkansas

    If marijuana was legalized, it would do more good than harm. There is not a solid argument against marijuana other than that it is a drug. (Which it is not, it’s a herb by definition.) It could be used in hospitals and be beneficial for those who struggle with sleep disorders and other medical ailments. The marijuana plant would rid people of the pain and stress while being a safe method. It has a low risk of abuse and addiction which means we won’t have to struggles with addicts. Lastly, marijuana is ALOT safer than the drugs produced and sold legally. Many of those drugs have become popular causes of cancers and death;meanwhile, marijuana has only had one death, a death that is still debated by doctors today.

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    • Gloria from California

      Hey Robyn, I can say that your statement is truly agreeable with. I agree that there is other substance consumption that causes more harm than good. For example, Alcohol. The government has Alcohol as a legal substance but yet trillions of people have died because of that. On the contrary, marijuana is a medication. Yes, I can agree that some people abuse it, just like they do with Alcohol. But which is deadlier?

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    • Kiana from Florida

      Marijuana should be legalized because marijuana and THC has been used since the beginning of time by anicent civilizations as a healing method before over the counter medicines and hospitals even existed . Before the medical field evolved with technology into what it is today , all there was available was home remedies. “Cannibas was used as medicine, magic, religion, and recreational.”- https://www.google.com/amp/s/hightimes.com/culture/high-history-cannabis-in-the-ancient-world/amp/ . The use of cannibas dates back to the B.C. Age and has Been passed down generation by generation. The use of Marijuana has evolved into a thriving billion dollar business, which makes up for a large amount of places like Colorados businesses, job market, and income. There have also been no causes of deaths specifically from marijuana . People may have died because of the things they were doing while being under the influence of marijuana but none have died because of it.

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    • Daniel from New Jersey

      John Stuart Mill, a British philosopher, thought that, in order to create a great society, it is essential that every citizen has as much freedom as everybody else, as long as it does not harm anyone. In other words, yes, marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes, pleasure, and stress-reliever. Why pleasure, though? Because everybody should have the same freedom and choices as everybody else. However, not many people is blithe with this herb called marijuana; many people just do not like it, and that is not supposed to be left and ignored, according to Mill. A solution is to create a space for everyone that likes marijuana for different purposes (like a building). Then, everybody joys with this solution and society stays blithe.
      -Daniel, New Jersey

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  • Trey from Georgia

    Cannabis is not the scary “drug” you learned about in DARE class as a kid. The campaign to make it illegal was based on racist propaganda and not credible evidence on what makes it so dangerous. Marihuana was used for its medicinal purposes before it had its name slandered. Those medicinal uses are still true to the day and the sheer potential cannabis has in modern medicine today is astounding. Especially when over 20,000 Americans die every year from pharmaceuticals. Not to forget the 80,000 that die to alcohol and the 400,000 that die from relation to tobacco. All three which are deemed safe enough for the public by the government but cannabis, with zero deaths on its record, is deemed a schedule1 drug above methamphetamine and other substances truly worthy of the term drug. When there is evidence of cannabis treatment helping young kids with sezuires how can the federal government keep turning a blind eye to the help legalization would do. Not only does marihuana have medicinal uses but it would also be beneficial to the economy. The cannabis industry no doubt has already created jobs and growth. So yes, the federal government should legalise marihuana.

    Sources:
    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm
    https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics
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  • Steven from Nebraska

    Should have never been illegal.. That’s what started there gateway effect.. was never the substance itself it was the black marker using it for their profit

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  • Jade from Louisiana

    I believe marijuana should be legalized for a long list of reasons, but most importantly is personal freedom and liberty. Two of the fundamental foundations of this nation that unfortunately we’ve gradually strayed away from. Punishing responsible citizens for doing something that isn’t harmful for themselves, and isn’t causing harm to anyone else is against what this country is supposed to be about.

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  • Lauryn from South Carolina

    You have no right to say what i can do with MY body. Saying otherwise is to say I don’t own myself

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  • Dante from District Of Columbia

    Marijuana even outside of recreational use has many applications. It is able to help many people with medical afflictions and relieves stress among many other benefits. It’s legalization will create jobs and help the economy. When marijuana is forced to be sold on the black market, its sale brings crime other crimes along with it which ultimately ruins the standard of living in some places. The drug has proven to have minimal effects if any at all and is safer to use than other legal substances. As we’ve seen in the past, banning commonly used substances simply doesn’t work. Banning it also forces people to create legal, synthetic versions of marijuana that cause more damage to the body than marijuana. There’s no proof that marijuana is a gateway drug, yes, more marijuana users useharder drugs than non users, however this is a simple case of mistaking causation and correlation. Making a fully fleshed out argument would take a very long time to write and research so I urge you to research the topic.

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  • Zachary from Minnesota

    I would only legalize Marijuana as a medical prescription only.

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  • Kat from Kentucky

    Legalizing marijuana is probably one of the most important matters to solve currently as it causes people to get locked up for only growing, distributing, or using a plant that has not, in itself, caused a single death. Also by legalizing it we are not only reducing inmates for harmless crimes but it can create a calm and respectful environment for people to get appropriate dosages, understand how to use it, and also pick if they want more medicinal factor or want a high. So by legalizing this we are creating an overall safer environment for everyone.

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  • Benjamin from Washington

    Marijuana has been linked to relieving stress and key aspects to the disabled. A good friend of mine named Hank Brown was in an unfortunate accident and was left a paraplegic. He uses marijuana to help with his pain as well as helping his go thru the process of being a paraplegic. Marijuana promotes his happiness, he is more calm, and uses marijuana as a stepping stone to better healing. Marijuana is not only important to those who genuinely need it, yet it is also a natural medicine of healing. There is a community around marijuana and it only seems to generate money for the government, and happiness to the consumer so who can go wrong?

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  • james from South Carolina

    And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

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  • Taylor from Alabama

    The time is 2018. America is making itself look stupid by having all these different laws and regulations on a plant that had ben proved (World Health organization) HARMLESS AND BENEFICIAL. The money America gets from tax payers to put people in jail who possess marijuana could be over tripled just by taxing it. Which means more money for the state,
    less people in prisons and jail for NO GOOD REASON! Please somebody important read this.. Taylor C, Alabama

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  • cruz from California

    Marijuana should be legalized, it has many benefits. For example its used in many medicines to help people. It’s also used to help people with mental problems. Marijuana is a highly known drug that no matter what it will still be here s why not make it legal at once.

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  • Sage from Nevada

    Medical marijuana should be legalized on a federal level; however, not for recreational use. Taking elemtents such as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) from the natural marijana plant and using this substance in pill form can be extremely helpful for PTSD, chronic pain, epilepsy, and depression as prescribed by a physician.

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  • Alisa from Ohio

    Marijuana is not what every thinks it is. In the past it has always been used for medicinal purposes because it has amazing abilities to cure life-long diseases and other mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and more. Its reputation as a gateway drug doesn’t apply to medical marijuana, and if you delve deeper into how the chemistry works, medical marijuana is not addictive. I have never heard anyone get high off of medical marijuana, because it is not normal marijuana and is processed to lower THC amounts (though there is still some present because it is a catalyst for the disorder-curing chemical). There are so many testimonies out there on what medical marijuana has done, from reducing deadly seizures in toddlers to fixing chronic pain in the neck and back.

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  • Jason from New Jersey

    I believe we should legalize because its less harmful than alcohol and that’s legal.

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  • Megan from Kansas

    Marijuana has been proven to have many health benefits and can be used to treat a variety of mental and physical ailments. It caused a whopping zero deaths in 2017, opposed to the hundreds who died from alcohol abuse or poisoning, and medicinal is also a treatment for diabetes, cancer, autism, and depression. Recreationally, the use of marijuana has improved overall mood and disposition, as well as increased creativity and productivity. It can also help combat climate change. If cannabis was legalized, huge farms would spring up across the United States, and these could help absorb the massive amounts of carbon we emit annually. Legal marijuana would also provide a massive boost to the US economy, and pull money away from big drug cartels that make a living off of selling marijuana. Legalizing the drug would also, in turn, free all of those incarcerated because of it, and help relieve the prison system and police force in this country of some of their racial biases in marijuana convictions. Of course, while there are some drawbacks to legal marijuana, such as a potential for a higher risk of lung disease or lung problems, the benefits far outweigh the consequences, and it would not only benefit the United States government, but small marijuana businesses and individuals previously convicted of marijuana possession or use will see massive benefits from its legalization.

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  • Amanda from Ohio

    Do you also believe in prohibition? According to the NIAAA approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women die from alcohol related causes ANNUALLY. This is only the third leading preventable cause of death in the united states. The first is tobacco. In order to die from a marijuana over dose a person would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of thc that is inside of a joint. Although with ANY drug use whether its alcohol, marijuana, even prescription drugs, it is up to the user to be responsible enough to know they shouldn’t drive or work under the use of mind altering substances. A poll taken by Marist college showed 52% of Americans over 18 have use marijuana. The drug is already known throughout the United states. Even in states where it is illegal. If the government were to legalize it and set up marijuana clinics like in California people would be able to get their weed in a LEGAL way without having to worry about getting arrested, being laced with other fatal drugs, and losing their jobs over something that may benefit their health. Setting up clinics will reduce the amount of illegal dealers on the streets, due to increase in competition. Although a lot of people DON’T use marijuana for medicinal purposes, there are plenty of people who do. Marijuana is proven to treat glaucoma, IMPROVE lung health and reverse effects of tobacco, control seizures, stops cancer from spreading, treat panic attacks, slow Alzheimer’s disease, ease pain, and it helps veterans that suffer from PTSD. I feel the benefits from legalizing marijuana completely outweigh the negatives.

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  • Axel from Virginia

    Marijauna has been demonized and the facts concerning it have been obscured. Many parallels are being drawn to both tobacco and alcohol, but Marijuana is safer than both these substances. You can never overdose on Marijuana like alchohol, and unless it is laced or mixed it will not give you a serious disease like tobacco. The only risk is from driving and performing other actions while high, which is already a risk with alchohol.More marijuana smoking could lead to less drinking and therefore less need for liver transplants pr elderly medical care, and less need to fight gum and lung cancer as with tobacco. But ultimately, all of that is irrelevant, because no one knows for sure what is good and what is bad and Marijuana affects different people differently. If one can continue to function in society with the use of Marijuana then why not let them use Marijuana? Why not let people determine what should go into their bodies? Yes, some people have situations in which they used Marijuana instead of caring for their responsibilities,like children, but irresponsibility is not a side affect of Marijuana, but drug abuse, and weak personalities. People should have the Right of Consumption, the right to determine what goes into their own bodies. They should be the only ones to weigh the potential risks with the potential rewards and make a decision.

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  • Sophia from New Jersey

    I believe marijuana should be legal because it is nowhere near as harmful as liquor or nicotine. Marijuana is not a man-made chemical it is a natural herb. Not only is it natural and but it helps with medical issues too. Marijuana has been proven to relieve cancer symptoms, stress, anxiety, and body pain.

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  • Maria from Texas

    Marijuana is not a lethal drug like heroin and there are 0 reported deaths from marijuana for the past year. The government would only benefit from the legalization, as it would be able to tax the sale of marijuana that is being used anyways and will be able to reduce costs of enforcement against marijuana.

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  • Robyn from Pennsylvania

    Marijuana can actually help people with ADHD do better in school. It also helps people with medical illnesses. Even if it didn’t, it’s still a lot less harmful than Meth and Crack. It should also be legalized everywhere, black or white. It’s not fair to legalize it for white people and then arrest the blacks who smoke it. Marijuana is not a harmful drug, and it helps out many people, and it is also a drug that gets people high and gets them eating. It will stimulate the economy if it is made legalized.

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  • Alex from Michigan

    The legalization of marijuana is not only a criminal justice issue, but a heath, and economic one. Legalizing marijuana will attempt to make drug dealers obsolete and aid in taking the power away from the drug cartels. If the consumers are buying from reputable businesses the illegal sources won’t have any place to sell. Think of prohibition: when alcohol was illegal people broke the law and found a way to drink, but when it was legal they went to the store to buy it. There still are “moonshiners”, but they are few and far between. Essentially there won’t be a need to get the drugs illegally, so the sources will mostly peter out. Marijuana is a relatively safe drug. Alcohol causes about 88,000 deaths a year, however it is pretty much impossible to overdose on marijuana. Marijuana can have some great health benefits all across the board for things like depression, arthritis, seizures, and even cancer. Legalization also boosts the economy. Many jobs are created and there is a huge generation of tax revenue which can benefit things like infrastructure, heath care, and education. Legalization may lead to higher traffic violations and accidents, but evidence shows from states who passed recreational use that it is a small percentage increase. It is clear that the pros in legalizing recreational marijuana use outweigh the cons.

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  • 1999 from Connecticut

    Legalize marijuana

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  • Destiny from Wisconsin

    Many people believe that marijuana is a gateway drug, but it’s quite possible that alcohol is even more of a gateway drug. Typically, people have more control of their bodies while using marijuana, than alcohol. Alcohol impairs your judgement, while marijuana is more of a calming substance. It is one of the least addictive “drugs,” out there, and to be fair, it is defined as a herb. It is far less addictive than caffeine, something most people drink on a daily basis.
    For centuries, marijuana has been used for medical purposes, for example, a young girl named Nova, a four year old girl, suffers from a neurological disorder called Schizencephaly, causing her to seize, have delays in language and speech skills, and causes her to have problems with brain-spinal cord communication. Before using cannabis oils, she had seized every day, which had caused her to backtrack in her learning. But as soon as her family moved to a place where cannabis was legal, and they were able to experiment with cannabis, Nova had stopped having seizures, and currently ONLY seizes when she has some type of infection in her body.

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  • Dakota from Pennsylvania

    I feel that legalizing marijuana is going to do more good than harm. Many people already use it, so there is no difference. People have a way to access it whether it is legal or not, and that is not going to stop. I feel that making it legal will just make things less complicated.

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  • Seth from Washington

    Yes, the federal government should legalize marijuana. However, the situation is much more complex than it might seem. A simple “yes” or “no” is not a sufficient answer on this topic. We must consider the Constitutionality of the federal marijuana illegalization (and the laws and rulings behind it), the concept of “prosecutorial discretion”, and we must balance these concepts with the Tenth Amendment powers left to the states by our founding fathers.

    One of Congress’ most historical, and long-lasting, attempts to curtail the use of psychoactive substances, which includes the active ingredients in, and therefore, marijuana, comes in the form of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. The CSA organizes controlled substances into five categories called “schedules”. Schedule I substances are deemed to be have “high potential for abuse”; Schedule V substances, on the other end of the spectrum, are substances deemed to be safe enough to be prescribed by physicians. Examples of Schedule I substances include (but are not limited to): tetrahydrocannabinol (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces “highs”), heroin, and dimethylamphetatmine (meth). Some Schedule V substances are: cough suppressants with some codeine, some appetite suppressants, and some gastric medications containing opium. Further, benzodiazepines and other mind-altering antidepressants are only Schedule IV. Antidepressants are much more consequential, addictive, and dangerous than marijuana. This claim is based on a seemingly-infinite plethora of anecdotal surveys/studies from those people that have used both substances.

    The Controlled Substance Act is one example of the Congress of the United States using the federal Commerce Clause. The Commerce Clause, found in Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, states: “[The Congress shall have the power]…to regulate Commerce with foreign nations, and among the several States…” Since marijuana legalization is accompanied by a vast, expansive cannabis supply-and-demand-based-market (which is somewhat comparable to the ginormous alcohol industry), states, in the past, have questioned the federal government’s ability to regulate marijuana in their jurisdiction. The Supreme Court of the United States applied the commerce clause of the United States Constitution in the 2005 ruling Gonzales v. Raich. Using this clause, the high court held that the Congress of the United States may ban the use of cannabis, even if states pass their own laws approving its use for medicinal (or, by extrapolation, recreational) purposes. Justice John Stevens wrote the majority opinion for the court, in which he stated: “Respondents in this case do not dispute that passage of the CSA, as part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Control Act, was well within Congress’ commerce power. Nor did they contend that any provision or section of the CSA amounts to an unconstitutional exercise of congressional authority.” Therefore, courtesy of the Gonzales v. Raich case, which builds on former, precedent cases regarding federal regulations, the Supreme Court of the United States formally declared two, important points. These points are: 1) The Controlled Substances Act (and, by extension, any similar act) is constitutional and; 2) By means of the CSA, Congress has the power to illegalize marijuana, and other psychoactive substances, and impose harsh penalties for the use of said substances. Regardless of the common, public consensus around marijuana, the law is the law. If citizens disagree with the CSA, they can do as they have in numerous states, numerous times, across the country; they may peacefully protest and exhibit civil disobedience with a law they deem to be “unjust”. However, as the old, political saying goes: the power to make implies the power to unmake. Therefore, since Congress has illegalized marijuana in the past, it is equally allowed that Congress has the ability to legalize the substance.

    However, Congress is not the only part of the federal government that plays a role in this complex, intricate scheme of 1) illegalizing marijuana and; 2) enforcing the laws and penalties associated with illegal substances. The direct counterpart to Congress legislating that certain substances are illegal and should, therefore, be banned for use, is the executive branch doing as is stated in Article II Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution; the executive branch must “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed…” Therefore, the executive branch, and more specifically, the Department of Justice (and, further, the Drug Enforcement Administration under the DOJ) is tasked with the prosecutorial powers in drug enforcement. However, this “simple” task of prosecuting those charged with drug-related crimes is also complicated itself. The executive branch of the United States, and all of the separate departments, agencies, and administrations under the jurisdiction thereof, has the ability to exercise “prosecutorial discretion”, which is also known as “selective enforcement”. This ability allows the executive branch, with its finite, limited resources, to determine which laws, directives, and policies would be the most beneficial, and consistent with the aforementioned Take Care clause of the U.S. Constitution. United States Deputy Attorney General James Cole used this power of prosecutorial discretion when he passed a 2013 DOJ memorandum, which is now known as the “Cole Memo” by the public. The Cole Memo, in part, stated: “…a robust system may affirmatively address priorities [of the federal government] by, for example, implementing effective measures to prevent diversion of marijuana outside the regulated system and to other states, prohibiting access to marijuana to minors, and replacing illicit marijuana trade that funds criminal enterprises with a tightly regulated market in which revenues are tracked and accounted for.” However, in January 2018, the new Attorney General, Jeff Session, rescinded the Cole Memo. This rescission effectively ended the federal government’s deferred action on prosecuting marijuana-related crimes.

    Justice Louis Brandeis stated, in his dissenting opinion in New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, that: “It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” I personally adhere to Justice Brandeis’ judicial philosophy. I disagree with the Controlled Substances Act and I disagree with the Department of Justice rescinding the Cole Memo and beginning to, once again, enforce marijuana penalties. I believe that these aforementioned points spit in the face of Justice Brandeis’ wishes expressed in his dissenting opinion. Further, I disagree with applying the Commerce Clause as the Supreme Court had in Gonzales v. Raich. While I see how the Commerce Clause certainly applies, I don’t think it is the most effective clause of the Constitution to use in this case. I believe that the Court, rather, should have applied the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” I believe that the states are well within their powers to be “laboratories”, especially in regard to marijuana policy.

    Therefore, the answer to the question “should the federal government legalize marijuana” is very complicated. The appropriate answer, in my opinion is: yes the federal government should legalize marijuana, by repealing the Controlled Substances Act, or by amending it to remove cannabinoids from the controlled schedules. If Congress cannot muster the votes to appropriately perform the last two actions, then the Department of Justice should once again, as it did with the Cole Memo, choose to defer and not prosecute people for marijuana-related crimes, nor should U.S. Attorneys seek to prosecute members of the marijuana industry. The Supreme Court of the United States should respect the Tenth Amendment powers left to the states, and should allow Justice Brandeis’ sentiments to shape future judicial policy on marijuana. This complex circumstance surrounding marijuana is one that will require great determination, from either side to come out on top. I believe we will have to see, since 8 states have recreational marijuana, how the states and the federal government shape their arguments and policies, and how these arguments and policies are played out in the federal judiciary.

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  • Vanessa from New Jersey

    Marijuana is a mandatory medicine in some cases for certain people. It may contain the contents of a drug but this plant has the requirements to aid the public in favor of using marijuana calmness which leads to less anxiety, less stress, less peer pressure and more.

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  • Carter from Wisconsin

    Yes they should because alcohol is a drug same as marijuana and it has no controls on it. I feel once it is declared legal the fuss and issues around it will die off as those who want it legal now have there way and those who do not care about it can stop hearing about it

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    Yes they should because alcohol is a drug same as marijuana and it has no controls on it. I feel once it is declared legal the fuss and issues around…

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  • Karielys from New Jersey

    I think marijuana should be legalized because it can be used for different medical uses. Also, they allow everything else to be smoked, so why not marijuana?

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  • jackie from Wisconsin

    marijuana should be legalized because it has already shown to improve results of patients. also, many states are currently legalizing it so it should be legal in all states so that everyone has use of it.

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  • Ann from Minnesota

    Under Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, the states, and Native American tribes. It can also define a felony against the laws of the United States and punish that felony. Under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the remaining authority not delegated to Congress or prohibited to the states remains in the hands of the states or the people.

    This language suggests that Congress does not have the power to make marijuana illegal in this country, although it could certainly regulate any commerce related to marijuana. Because of this, I believe that the legalization of marijuana is an issue to be resolved in the separate states, and it is not under the authority of the U.S. Government.

    Therefore, the U.S. Government should not restrict the possession of marijuana and leave such laws to the individual states.

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  • britney from New Jersey

    If marijuana is legalized, it would decrease the amount of people getting arrested for having it. It’s also a stress-reliever, so people would be using it for good causes.

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  • Richard from New Jersey

    Marijuana has never killed anyone and comes from the Earth.It became illegal after a guy published a report about it with absolutely no facts and just bashing the plant.It be good for the federal government because they can open dispensaries and legally tax it and make a lot of money off it.

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  • Brianna from New Jersey

    I believe the federal government should legalize marijuana because it would greatly decrease the number of people arrested for some harmless act of just having it on them.

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  • Keyshla from New Jersey

    I think marijuana should be legalized because it is much safer than drugs that are already legalized. Marijuana has a low risk of abuse. marijuana has been successful in relieving nausea, which is extremely good news for cancer patients suffering from nausea as a side effect of chemotherapy. The drug also helps with people who have loss of appetite due to diseases such as HIV/AIDS. it also helps relax muscle tension and spasms and chronic pain. In other words marijuana is used for medical purposes . My last reason why marijuana should be legalized is because it would keep kids off the streets and away from drugs that are more harmful. Marijuana in many cases could be sold from dealers who also sell hard drugs. That means if marijuana was legal and sold in a store in the correct way, it would help kids stay away from other drugs that dealers have to offer .Also, it would stop kids from getting into the drug dealing business. They would have fewer motives to sell to their friends and other people.

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    I think marijuana should be legalized because it is much safer than drugs that are already legalized. Marijuana has a low risk of abuse. marijuana has…

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  • Amira from New Jersey

    Marijuana has several health benefits and is scientifically proven to help people. It is better to use than addictive pain killers, and it is safer than drugs that are sold legally. In addition, it will also reduce crime rate, it can open up a new business for people, whether it be a marijuana farmer, or the owner of a store who sells it. We’ll also have extra tax dollars.

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  • Brandy from New Jersey

    Smoking cigarettes is legal and it’s far worse for you than marijuana. Drinking is legal and 6 people die every day from alcohol poisoning. Also, there’s no known dose of cannabis that can kill a human. In addition, marijuana has many medical uses. Nausea, Bipolar Disorder, etc. can be treated with the use of medical marijuana. The way I see it, marijuana does more good than harm, although extreme usage should be avoided.

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    Smoking cigarettes is legal and it’s far worse for you than marijuana. Drinking is legal and 6 people die every day from alcohol poisoning. Also, ther…

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  • Claudia from New Jersey

    I do believe that marijuana should be legalized because it does have some beneficial qualities. Also, people tend to purchase and use it illegally so I believe that if it is legalized, there would be less political issues about it.

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  • Jeron from New Jersey

    Smoking marijuana should not be a crime. No one has ever died from an overdose and shouldn’t be deemed differently than smoking cigarettes. Marijuana seems to be more safe than alcohol as well.

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    Smoking marijuana should not be a crime. No one has ever died from an overdose and shouldn’t be deemed differently than smoking cigarettes. Marijuana …

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  • Alyssa from New Jersey

    Marijuana has proven to help people afflicted with anxiety and depression to manage pain, insomnia and other symptoms, but some believe that by legalizing it, people will be in more physical danger. However, substances like alcohol, which are legal, also affect the ability to function like marijuana does. If enough regulations and safety procedures are put in place, people will be able to stay out of danger while also receiving the benefits of marijuana.

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  • Eshita from New Jersey

    Those who want to use marijuana will always find someway to obtain it, whether it is legal or not. By legalizing it, the government will have fewer problems, and they can use that extra time to help addicts instead of convicting them for selling or possessing marijuana.

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  • Courtney from Virginia

    Although many just see marijuana as a dangerous drug or bad habit, they fail to realize the benefits it may hold. Compared to the legal controlled substances, like alcohol or tobacco, marijuana holds actual weight in helping medical disorders and problems. Marijuana is used to help those who may suffer from mental disorders, like anxiety or PTSD, and to help ease physical pain, like those who suffer from chronic illnesses. Marijuana being legalized would allow the drug to fall under a controlled substance that would be more accessible to those who would benefit from it and it would help stop the abundant incarcerations, commonly seen in POC communities, by allowing a safe way to sell in a more business acquired setting. If there were permits in place, it would stop tearing apart many families by unnecessary incarceration. Also, those who would choose to use marijuana in recreation would no longer be stigmatized when it is realized that there is really no difference in the recreational use of this drug compared to that of tobacco and alcohol. If used in a different way other than inhalation, marijuana holds less dangerous effects than that of tobacco, eliminating the fear of lung cancer and other lung diseases. Legalizing a substance that holds no intended harm to an individual, while enforcing strict penalties and punishments, stigmatizes a propaganda that is unjust.

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  • Angela from New Jersey

    I believe marijuana should be legalized. Reason being is because I feel like theres no actual argument/problem to it. Cigarets and alcohol are both legal and do a lot of damage to your body but marijuana is actually used in medications and treatments that benefit others. Marijuana is also a lot safer rather than most drugs that are sold legally.

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  • Sasha from New Jersey

    It should be legalized, and there should be tax on it for people who just want to have it, no medical use. Taxing it will make more money.

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  • Dylan from Iowa

    There are many people sitting in jail right now whose only crime was the possession of marijuana. This seems to me a vast waste of resources to jail people who did nothing wrong but sit in their homes and get high. It really is not any of my business, nor anyone else’s, what someone is doing in his or her own home, as long as he or she is doing no harm to anyone else. The fatality stats for weed are significantly low, and it is statistically much safer to use than alcohol. Most proponents argue that marijuana is a “gateway drug.” However, the data is very mixed on this issue. It is not clear if people who use marijuana are more likely to use harder drugs, or if people who begin to use harder drugs after using it had a tendency towards drugs to begin with. If use of marijuana was decriminalized, the country would save a lot of time and resources. The United States spends too much time and money enforcing these drug laws, and it does a terrible job of it. While marijuana, like alcohol, should be heavily regulated, it should by no means be illegal to use.

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  • Aisha from New Jersey

    It could be said that Marijuana is much safer than already legalized drugs. It is a drug (Medical marijuana) that is important to a large group of individuals. Marijuana is depended upon by patients who possess symptoms of cancer treatments and diseases such as HIV/AIDS; it even helps in minor cases such as muscle tension. So, I believe that Marijuana should be legalized, but purely just for medical purposes and nothing else.

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    It could be said that Marijuana is much safer than already legalized drugs. It is a drug (Medical marijuana) that is important to a large group of ind…

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  • Stephanie from New Jersey

    The use of marijuana is self explanatory. If it were to be legalized, people can benefit from it medically and or emotionally. Comparing the product of marijuana to tobacco and alcohol, it is less dangerous. This is a reason why it can apply for recreational uses. Since it is not legal here in NJ, people would still find a way to get them regardless of the law. Which ends up in smuggling. Essentially, it should be legalized because it can really help those who possibly need it the most and those who want it for recreational uses.

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  • Rodrigo from New Jersey

    I believe it should be legal because of the benefits that it has. Sure it can be abused by many people, but Marijuana could be used as a stress reliever for many, as well as being used for medical purposes. Just like everything else, if you abuse it too much, only bad things will come your way.

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    I believe it should be legal because of the benefits that it has. Sure it can be abused by many people, but Marijuana could be used as a stress reliev…

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  • Siham from New Jersey

    Marijuana should be legalized, it would benefit a lot of people that need too use it for recreational use. The way people use the drug is on them.Also, I believe that people should be granted a license to sell and use the drug.

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    Marijuana should be legalized, it would benefit a lot of people that need too use it for recreational use. The way people use the drug is on them.Also…

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  • David from New Jersey

    Marijuana should be legalized. It should be legalized because people might need it for their health. People use it like to relax and a stress reliever. Marijuana is essential for many people.

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  • harmony from Texas

    I believe that marijuana should be legalized because of their medical reasons. there’s just too many things marijuana does to help people that some people that are against it don’t know. sometimes what you see on the news isn’t true. I don’t smoke but at the same time I have looked into because knowledge is key and found a bunch of good and bad things but the main bad stuff I want to talk about is people saying its additive like smoking tobacco well guess what your wrong in fact it even reverses it and can help your lost lung .i all so found out that help calm you down if you have an epileptic seizures or Dravets syndrome week can help name something good tobacco does for you that’s good or any other tobacco products. none i tell you and with that ill like to say one thing for does people that cant afford big sums of money for cancer treatment weed helps stop cancer from spreading and you don’t need to know how much it cost to go to the doctor or spend 20 to 30 dollars to help do the same thing .i don’t smoke but knowledge is power like and something no one can take from you my grandma once told me

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  • Chelsea from New Jersey

    Yes, I think the federal government should legalize marijuana. Marijuana doesn’t hurt anyone, and I don’t think it should be illegal. It’s scientifically proven to be a stress reliever helps with anxiety.

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  • jaimie from California

    Yes, medical marijuana should be legal because all of the patients that are in need of it will die and they won’t be able to make medicine for the people that need it the most.

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  • Alex from Arizona

    According to the executive chair of a marijuana company Julian Fantino, some veterans take medicinal marijuana appose to drugs because it is less addictive. People assume that marijuana is the gateway drug but in reality, it’s a gateway mentality. Marijuana isn’t a drug that is addictive and on the other hand, painkillers are. Painkillers can lead to physical dependency, restlessness, muscle and bone pain insomnia… and so on. The THC marijuana vapes, vape batteries… ext are an industry in demand and are creating jobs. Kratom is an herbal supplement meant to fight opioid addiction and the FDA is trying to make it a schedule one drug (like cocaine & heroin). The FDA is just trying to make money and keep those who are addicted to heroin from taking a natural supplement.

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  • Whitney from New Jersey

    I think it should be legalized because it can cure a lot of peoples problems. It can be a good thing and it is safer than alcohol and tobacco. It can replace bad drugs that have harmful or deadly side effects.

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  • Alexis from Louisiana

    Yes, Marijuana should be legalized in the United States because of all the extra tax dollars it would make that could be used for schools, hospitals, and construction. Currently, people illegally sell marijuanana therefore, just because it is illegal does not mean people will not get a hold of it. Since people are selling marijuana anyway the United States should just make it legal so they can make the money off of it. Some people say marijuana is dangerous but so is alcohol and cigarettes and they are legal so, there is no valid argument to why they should not legalize mariguana in the States.

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  • Destiny from Ohio

    If it was legalized, then we could put gangs out of business and end crimes that are cause because of this. lots of gang wars happen because someone is selling it in someone else’s territory. So if its legalized and everyone has it, then no one will need gang members to sell it to them; putting them out of business.

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  • Abigayle from Ohio

    I personally believe that marijuana should be legalized, because it can provide mostly good things for the people, and even the economy. Marijuana can be used to treat mental disorders and some illnesses, such as Parkinson’s, cancer, anxiety and depression. Marijuana can also be used to create some healthy snacks, and the seeds are edible as well (although they are bitter). The legalization of marijuana can also lead to the creation of more jobs and can open up a whole other business for people of varying interests to g into, whether they want to be a marijuana farmer, an owner of a pot store, and anywhere in between.

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  • Howard from Ohio

    While I feel that the recreational smoking of Marijuana carries a negative connotation, I believe that regulation by the Federal Government in a similar way to that of alcohol would make consumption safer and makes sense given that the detriment has not proven at this point to be any greater than alcohol.

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    • Leslie from Texas

      I’m a student of History, and in the time spent at school learning the subject alongside others, I’ve learned many things. One such thing is that History repeats itself. The debate here is similar to one such debate back, one over Alcohol as Howard brought up. For years, our society has consistently been plagued by the belief that Alcohol is bad, that it’s terrible and morally wrong and other such beliefs. We at one time outlawed it, going as far as to make it a Constitutional Amendment that alcohol was illegal. It didn’t work then – no, it made things worse. More crime, more alcohol, more, more, more. That’s all it caused, net bad, gross bad. Now, we stand here today, doing the same thing. We’re looking at the drug as a “bad thing” which it may or may not be, after all, even today “alcohol” still has such status debated. By declaring it bad, by outlawing it, we’re simply harming ourselves as a people, as a nation. We’re creating internal strife. We’re creating more criminals. We’re ignoring an economic opportunity, alongside the whole host of benefits in legalizing marijuana. Regulation is key here, just as it has been in alcohol. Howard has the right idea, implement regulation and you end up dropping the number of criminals. How many of our ‘poor’ have been turned into criminals, and forced to pay the government for their crimes? How many people do we make poor, and keep downtrodden by this? We’re merely widening the ever-increasing gap between classes. Yes, the rich also pursue such a ‘drug’ as we’ve labeled it, but they’re capable of paying off the bills and the consequences that come with being caught with the substance. Our poor aren’t. They suffer, and we suffer because of the increase in their numbers and their inability to provide for themselves as well as others, therefore creating a bigger burden on the rest of the population. Then there are the ones doing jail time for this, the ones filling cells that we could use for others, causing the government to have to devote more money to house them, guarding them, feeding them, clothing them. Then when finally, they’re released, due to stigma’s they’re unable to find jobs, or at least many that are decent and capable of supporting them. Instead, they’re left poorer and isolated from society. Legalizing it would allow for us to remove prisoners, for a new market – a legal market filled with regulations and taxes that would benefit us, a drop in crime as well as a Public Relations Event that would no doubt earn us some goodwill, or perhaps a new look from our allies and those not our allies. We’d be making a step forward, a step into the future, and in doing so, be seen as progressive as advancing beyond what others view as backward views (Europe in particular general views us as having thus). Legalize it, and see a new future. Continue on outlawing it, and the Prohibition shall once more live – only this time, the end isn’t likely to be as nice as it was for alcohol. Besides, in the end, marijuana can’t be worse than alcohol, after all, just look back to ale and mead which was commonly consumed by us back in the medieval ages, and likely before. All the decisions of history, all the choices made are made by those who are no doubt, slightly intoxicated (which makes everything fun, and makes quite a bit of sense).

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  • Nicole from New Jersey

    The legalization of marijuana would definitely not cause as much harm as many people would think. If would get many people off the street and the regulation of it could be much safer and effective.

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  • Muhammad from New Jersey

    in my opinion, marijuana should be legal because I feel like it has great economic value and has great medical benefits. Marijuana isn’t bad compared to many other “LEGAL” drugs. Alcohol kills 30k-40k Americans each year and cigars/cigarettes kill 480k americans each year. Complications because of marijuana (died whilst high)? Only 75. I’m pretty sure that 75 deaths is a lot safer compared to 30,000 or 480,000 deaths.

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  • Raymond from New Jersey

    Marijuana being legalized could benefit the state and even the country due to the fact that some people rely on this drug which can also be served as a medical-purposed drug. Although it can potentially bring more violence, there are people who are in need of this drug due to a medical reason and for some reason the government doesn’t allow them to contain it. However, if marijuana was legal, the real question is what woul happen with the people who are serving a sentence in jail because they possesed marijuana ?

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  • Arbisol from New Jersey

    I feel that if marijuana has medicinal properties and it gets legalized for that reason, then it would hopefully only be used for those intentions. If you want to stop drug dealers, there are better ways than to make something illegal. In fact, doing so would probably make drug dealing more likely to happen.

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  • Ayesha from New Jersey

    Compared to a lot of drugs out there marijuana is much safer and is often used for medicinal purposes. By making it legal we will also be making it safer on the streets because people won’t be buying weed with something mixed in it. You can’t get addicted to marijuana and statistically speaking no one has ever died from it either.

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    • Daniel from New Jersey

      This statement is not totally accurate; an individual can get addicted to marijuana, as people get addicted to alcohol or tobacco. No one has ever died for smoking marijuana, that is true, but that does not mean that it is not dangerous. Marijuana can damage your brain, cells, etc., making low the IQ’s individual. Even though no one has died for smoking marijuana, it is still dangerous for society, but, again, people has the same freedom to do the right action than the incorrect one (as long as it does not harm anybody).

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  • Hazel from New Jersey

    I believe they should legalize it, but there should be restrictions to who and why people use it. Like for example, medical cannabis, is a valid and reasonable reason. There are many pros and cons to legalizing it, but the pros can weigh out the cons, as it can do more good than harm.

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  • Brooke from Pennsylvania

    I’m going to compare marijuana to alcohol, for the sake of argument. Alcohol is the number one culprit for deaths in the United States. Marijuana isn’t even on the list. Drinking too much alcohol causes thousands of deaths per year. It is nearly impossible to overdose on marijuana. Alcohol-related traffic deaths outweigh every other reason for automobile deaths. Marijuana can be a factor, but is not nearly as impactful. Alcohol has zero health benefits. Marijuana has multiple. Medically, it can be used as depressants for people with anxiety disorders, insomnia, and can be used as a pain relief, among others. Instead of focusing on shutting down the marijuana industry, we should be focusing more dangerous situations, like the alcohol and opioid epidemic.

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  • Kevin from New Jersey

    Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring one of the nation’s largest cash crops under the rule of law. This will create jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market. Also State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from marijuana sales.

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  • John from Wisconsin

    The federal government should remove marijuana from the controlled substances analog. The increased tax money and money saved on law enforcement could then be designated to educate Americans about the dangers of hard drugs like heroine and meth. Revenue generated could also be used for alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs.

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    • Sara from Alabama

      I agree that the legalization of marijuana is not only beneficial for our country economically but also medically and socially. Without the threat of jail it provides users a chance to portray a more responsible and safe behavior.

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Even Marijuana is a drug, it does have its benefits. For starters, it relieves pain from severe accidents when in the hospitable instead of taking a nasty shot. It also relieves pain like arthritis and muscle cramps which is quite common in the elderly and physically disabled. It is a good stress reliever for people with PTSD or other mental issues. Finally there will be restriction s on how the drug shall be used for it will not be abused. Marijuana is like any other drug, it has great power but must be used responsibly.

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  • J from Kansas

    Because people do it anyway and it gives people jobs if they do legalize it and its o’k if its medical use so why not just make a little money and tax it.

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  • sky from Oklahoma

    I think marijuana should be legalized because it can cure anxiety, depression, and seizures. It will calm most people and mellow them out. Most people overthink and that is what causes them to think they aren’t good enough or makes the frustrated towards the people they think are making them feel that way. So it can cause homicide and suicide rates to go down. Marijuana is a natural plant and it is better for people to smoke a plant rather than chemical substances that can cause people to lose their children and make life for their child harder than what it should be.

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    I think marijuana should be legalized because it can cure anxiety, depression, and seizures. It will calm most people and mellow them out. Most people…

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  • Denisha from Massachusetts

    Marijuana should be legalized for many reasons. To this very day, tobacco is still being sold regardless of the amount of harmful effects it has on the smoker and those that are around the smoker. Cigarettes are causing severe diseases everyday so why not legalize a herb that has more benefits than it does harm? With marijuana being legal, the crime rate will decrease due to the fact that the possession of marijuana is now illegal. If it becomes legal, that amount of people incarsarated will also decrease; therefore, decreasing the amount of tax dollars that go into funding jails and prisons due to reduction of inmates. Instead, this money could contribute to the funding of other government facilities such as public schools. Another benefit to marijuana being legalized is a creation of jobs. With more jobs being created, it could help to relieve homelessness, poverty, and illegal acts in order to obtain money. With marijuana being legalized, a tax will be placed on the sale of it which, one again, will aid in funding government property and workers. The sole argument against the legalization of marijuana is that it impedes your mental ability. Alcohol impairs primary funtions as well, hence the reason why it’s advised to not drive or do any potentially harmful tasks when intoxicated. Marijuana being legalized doesn’t mean that it should be smoked or consumed any and everywhere. There should be limits just as there are to smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. While alcohol and tobacco posses very little benefits, those little benefits can easily turn into harm when too much is consumed. Marijuana is full of benefits such as easing pain and relaxing the mind which is essential for many diseases and disorders. If alcohol and tobacco can be legal, why can’t marijuana?

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  • autumn from Louisiana

    marijuana should be legalized because it will bring down crime rates and there won’t be as many mass shooting killings.

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  • Mateo from Nevada

    This is a simple matter of good governance. Forgive my lack of citations, but I look no further than the 10th and 14th amendments in this debate. The federal government has absolutely no moral authority to regulate that which individuals solely do to themselves. Simply put, someone smoking marijuana in his home doesn’t hurt anyone else’s property, and therefore, the government should not restrict it. It would be sheer violation of liberty to do so. In any event, there’s also a clear economic argument to be made with legalization, but I’m sure others on here have put forth their thoughts on that point.

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  • Emily from New Jersey

    You may think having a large amount of THC in your system will kill you, but you are wrong. Ever since marijuana has been known to mankind, not one single account of death from overdose has been recorded. On the other hand, in 2010, 38,329 people died from drug overdoses. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In that same year, 25,692 people died from alcohol-related causes.

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  • Micah from Massachusetts

    Not only is making the drug illegal ineffective for stopping people from obtaining the drug, due to the high amounts produced illegally anyway, but legalizing it makes it easier to teach people the possible harms that it might cause. The argument of it being used medically is mostly irrelevant considering the reason people want to legalize it, but it is still worth considering to some degree.
    Marijuana in and of itself is less harmful to the body than tobacco or alcohol, both of which are legal and readily available to those of age (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4311234/).
    The history of marijuana as well shows a record of racial discrimination and misinformation, despite having been grown in America since colonial times, and being used for centuries even before that. There is evidence that even Thomas Jefferson, Writer of the Declaration of Independence, smoked marijuana while he was in Monticello.
    The case against Marijuana is one of misinformation and propaganda.

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  • Benjamin from Georgia

    I believe that it should not be legalized immediately, but slowly introduced to more states medicinally followed by recreationally, as many states have already experienced. I believe there is a critical lack of information intermingled with a sea of misinformation about the substance, and many elder adults, as well as younger adults, see marijuana as some sort of dangerous gateway drug that is harmful to the body. The truth is marijuana is an affordable and effective treatment option for many victims of cancer, lupus, and other ailments. As well, the risks and death rate of marijuana are significantly less than legal substances, such as alcohol or prescription medication. I believe medicinal use should be pushed to be legalized sooner rather than later, but more information needs to be shared with the public, and more guidelines need to be set for the inevitable federal legalization of recreational marijuana. I personally believe that the legal smoking age of marijuana should be the legal drinking age, dispensaries should be allowed to run their business at their own will, with some regulations and inspections, (similar to how fast food restaurants have routine inspections,) and rules should be set to what is considered “abusing” the drug, and punishments should follow. I believe the risks of mass legalization, such as a potential downward spike in productivity, should also be considered and plans to counteract risks like these should be put into effect before legalization. To conclude, I believe marijuana has been unjustly grouped with more dangerous substances and seen as a problem to the general public for decades. However, with a gradual federal legalization coupled with mass credible information, I believe the American public will be able to safely use the drug, whether it is medicinally or recreationally.

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  • tom from New Jersey

    Take the profits away from drug cartels and let it flow to the local government

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  • Jordin from Missouri

    I feel like it has great economic value and has great medical benefits.

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  • Emily from Texas

    Marijuana should be legal because of the potential medical advantages. Marijuana if used as prescribed can relieve pain and reduce stress inside of the eye. It’s only if someone abuses the use iof marijuana that the bad heath issues occur and people die. If marijuana is legal then the novelty of smoking it goes away and people are less likely to smoke it because it’s going to be considered less cool.

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  • Catherine from New Jersey

    The government should not be controlling the lives of the citizens. Controlling what substances people can and cannot buy/use is not fair. This is supposed to be a free country, and it is not free with the government deciding what it’s citizens are allowed to do.

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  • Emily from Tennessee

    The debate on whether marijuana should be legalized on a federal level is not contingent upon its pros and cons as a recreational or medical device. The debate should focus on whether the federal government should really have control over such issues, and the answer is no, it should not. Marijuana should be legalized on the federal level for both recreational and medical use, not because of the benefits it provides (or lack there of), but because it should be up to the individual states to decide. Almost 30 states have made it legal to use marijuana in one way or another, and I believe this number will continue to grow. You don’t need to believe in any benefit to using marijuana to say “yes” in this debate, because it’s not about whether marijuana is good or not. It’s about whether the federal government should give power back to the states on this issue, and I believe the answer to that is a resounding “yes”. Voting “yes” on this issue gives the power back to the states and gives freedom back to American citizens to choose whether they’d like to live in a place that it’s legal or a place that it’s not. And that freedom of choice is what our country is all about.

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  • Jeffrey from Minnesota

    The war on drugs has been more harmful than effective and too many of our young Americans are either ignoring the law or losing respect for it.

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  • Darnesha from Florida

    It should be no debate if alcohol is legal. When we get into the debate about legalizing marijuana everyone with or against it acknowledges the health, economic, and recreational benefits . Yet everyone that is against it has the strongest argument that its dangerous but just like alcohol,high consumption and misuse is what makes it dangerous. without getting into statistics alcohol causes more accidents and deaths each year yet it’s legal. Alcohol has nothing but a lot to do with legalizing marijuana because those opposed of legalizing uses traffic deaths and misuse/abuse of the substance as a counter argument yet those are consequences of alcohol.

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  • Maquella from Washington

    I think that marijuana should be legalized on the federal level, for both medical and recreational use. Marijuana can help reduce pain, and relax the mind which makes it good for medical use. It can also be used to help with epilepsy. As for recreational use…let people do what they want with their own bodies! Make sure they’re aware of the risks, but if people want to consume marijuana even if they don’t really need it, that’s their choice. If it’s not legal, people may just obtain it illegally anyway, so it would hardly change a thing, and the taxes from people purchasing it can go to fund things like drug education

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  • Brittaney from Washington

    People will somehow get the drug if its legal or not. Safer if we know that people are doing it.

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  • caleb from Washington

    it is more beneficial than harmful, it is not addictive, and there is no evidence of it being a “gateway” and there is no way to overdose. Substances like tobacco are legal, but they directly lead to addiction and cancer. Marijuana could also bring in a lovely tax and fair amount of money to the government and help infrastructure and other such things.

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    it is more beneficial than harmful, it is not addictive, and there is no evidence of it being a “gateway” and there is no way to overdose. Substances…

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  • Oscar from Washington

    The benefits would be economic growth and less dependency on worse drugs like pain killers when cannabis is a safe alternative.

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  • Jenna from Washington

    I think the pros of medicinal outweigh the cons of recreational.

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  • Jeff from Colorado

    It can be used for medical purposes and also could stop less crime

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  • Matthew from Washington

    lots of medicinal purposes and is better than a lot of legalized drugs today like cigarettes i mean they directly cause cancer but we cant legalize something that helps with chronic pain?

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  • J. from Washington

    Yes, but only used in a safe location, such as a home or at a party, opposed to in a car where it could be more dangerous to not only you, but pedestrians and drivers, other than that, there’s really no problems with it.

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  • Theresa from Wisconsin

    Marijuana should be legalized for the wellbeing of United States citizens. With Colorado legalizing it, crime rates have dropped by 15% and people are more educated about how to use it safely. Marijuana is also less addictive than any legalized substance. It also helps with pain and seizures, helps treat some cancers and some mental disorders such as anxiety and PTSD. Legalizing recreational marijuana would also be beneficial to the US economy. It is already a billion-dollar business in Colorado with sales reaching above 1 billion. If the national government taxed legalized marijuana through interstate commerce, our economy would strengthen and grow. While marijuana is a drug, and thus illegal, the pros of it becoming nationally legalized outweigh the cons.

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  • Reagan from Virginia

    It is not the prerogative of the United States government to meddle in the private affairs of what people do in their own homes, or prevent research into medical solutions. All that the federal, state, and local governments should be trying to do is keep their citizens safe. Marijuana has been shown to have many positive health effects in seizure and cancer patients, along with many people who suffer from chronic illnesses. By rendering this plant illegal, all that the government would be doing is impeding medical progress.
    Further, marijuana as a recreational drug is no less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. It should be regulated as such.

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  • So-My from Texas

    I think it would be useful and helpful for taxes to help educational programs

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  • Diego from Virginia

    The unknown medical benefits of marijuana are still untapped due to our governments limiting the amount of research that can be done, places like Israel are breaking ground thanks to their recognition of marijuana as a material, a resource, and a tool to maybe better the livestock of the people we surround ourselves with. We have always found ways to better ourselves through “basic research” the possibilities using hemp as a fiber could revolutionize industry, creating newer stronger materials for clothing, and others amazing products that could benefit our government economically, god knows we need the help. Some might make the argument that the legalization of marijuana will lead to an upsriding in abuse of the plant and cause people to turn into drug adicts by the masses, but research has shown that in the last 5 years or so that some states that have begun to legalize have shown no growth in their drug abuse or misuse, because of the risk is eliminated then there will be no point to do the risky activity. My stance on the matter is that the legalization isn’t a topic of discussion but an inevitability that should be accepted rather that hindered. Progress is how we come out on top, stalling will only lead to more suffereing.

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  • Seepan from Virginia

    Marajuana is just like any medicinal treatment, if you over use it you’ll have consequences. But the positives do outweigh the negatives.

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  • Hunter from Missouri

    Marijuana should be legalized it could help in so many medical ways

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  • dustin from Minnesota

    I agree that it should be legal but I don’t think it should be over used.

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  • keeton from Minnesota

    I think it should be legal because it could help our debt if we taxed it, it can also be used medically. It can help people that suffer from PTSD,Depression,ect. when alcohol makes you feel sick, agressive.

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  • Benjamin from Alabama

    I believe Marijuana is a drug for the mature laid back people. Yes i understand Alabama will never legalize marijuana because people see it as a crime. Until they try it, then they themselves smoke too. Marijuana is proven to help with seizures and is given as a medical drug already. Even the CBD version of marijuana is in our vape pens. Marijuana isnt going anywhere, so you might as well just keep it controlled yes, and also for the people to use for there own need, but responsible.

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  • Shawn from Minnesota

    Reduce the blackmarket/crime/gangs/costs associated with the criminal justice system and increase revenue from taxing it.

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  • Haley from Delaware

    Colorado was the first state in the US to allow the commercial sale of marijuana on January 1st, 2014. The result ended up being more beneficial to the state and the people than it was harmful. It was a helpful add on to the economy, and people’s everyday lives. Even schools benefited from marijuana legalization by getting the tax that went to marijuana sales. The legalization of cannabis in states such as Colorado, Oregon, and Washington have created a more compassionate community, affecting people with more pleasure, sensibility, and imagination (DEA).
    There are many people who suffer from anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, or any other related mental illnesses, and they go through some extreme mood swings. Sometimes doctors will work on prescribing a medication for the moment people feel like they will break something or hurt someone, but you have to go through a long process just to get a medicine that may or may not make things worse and possibly kill you. Normally people with these problems find marijuana helpful just from their first breath. The legalization of recreational marijuana will leave us with wider access to medical use. A lot of the time, it has better effects than any over-the-counter medicine that you can find in stores.
    Marijuana doesn’t just help people with their anxiety; it often opens up their creativity and helps to grow relationships with friends. While someone is feeling that “high,” everything seems new to them as if they are young again. It usually makes people see the world in a better way. Marijuana helps people “enjoy the small things life has to offer.” It’s an easier way to give yourself the break that you need away from stress and reality for enough time to get yourself together. Although it doesn’t have the same effect on everyone, marijuana helps; it doesn’t harm.
    Marijuana helps schools by getting them extra tax. The amount of money that schools got in Colorado last year increased significantly with the selling of marijuana. The boost in revenue was found to be very helpful.
    If marijuana is legalized, it will give officers more time and money to go after criminals who are committing dangerous and violent crimes rather than going after someone who has cannabis. It will also cost less money for the state. Officers are arresting many people for just the possession of marijuana. Most marijuana-related crimes are just from a person having it with them.
    Cannabis is a common drug being sold illegally around all states. This means that people don’t always know what they’re getting when they buy it, but they are going to buy it anyway. With the legalization of marijuana, there will be more safety control for this non harmful substance.
    Marijuana is often compared to other hard drugs. Sometimes for anti-pot ads, people will use a picture of someone who has been on meth or another drug and tell people that’s what happens when they smoke too much marijuana. People should know that the actual effects are not even close to as harmful as the effects of other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth, or even alcohol. The effects of
    Marijuana is not addictive. People have been known to become dependent on it, but that can be from addictive personality types or other problems. It has been proven that people use marijuana do not experience withdrawal symptoms after they stop using, and if they do, the effects are not harmful.

    Marijuana effects:
    Pros:
    Heightened imagination
    anti-depression/anxiety
    Pleasure/happiness/merriment
    Relaxation
    Increased sociability
    No risk of overdose
    No direct deaths ever
    Increased appreciation for art, music, and touch
    Creativity
    Talkativeness
    Pain relief
    Improves mood/sleep/appetite
    Relieves nausea and vomiting

    Cons/possible side effects:
    dizziness/loss of balance/coordination
    increased anxiety/paranoia
    memory impairment
    Initial nausea
    Initial tremors or twitching
    Insomnia
    Confusion/disorganized thinking
    Decreased blood pressure
    Withdrawal symptoms – insomnia, decreased appetite, irritability

    Possible side effects that don’t make much of a difference:
    Time distortions
    Dry mouth
    Red eyes
    Facial flushing

    And now for a comparison…

    Effects of legal antidepressant, Zoloft:
    Pros:
    anti-depression/anxiety
    Improves mood/sleep/appetite
    Decreases fear and unwanted thoughts
    Restores natural chemicals in the brain
    Increases energy level
    Very tolerable
    Good antidepressant while pregnant

    Cons/possible side effects:
    Mood swings
    Headaches
    Increased likelihood of seizures
    Death
    Risk of overdose
    Jittery/shakiness
    Shocks and chills through body/tremors and shaking
    Suicidal thoughts
    Suicidal attempts
    Upset stomach/diarrhea/constipation
    Muscle twitches
    Anxiety/paranoia
    Panic attacks
    Insomnia
    Decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm
    Tiredness
    Interacts with other medicines
    Take weeks to start taking effect
    Heavy menstrual periods
    Nose bleeds
    urinary incontinence or frequent trips to the bathroom
    Severe withdrawal symptoms^^(all of the above)

    Effects that don’t make much of a difference:
    Dry mouth
    Sweating

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  • Anna from Arkansas

    The federal government has no real legal authority to regulate marijuana in the first place. The tenth amendment states that any power that isn’t specifically given to the government by the Constitution automatically belongs to either the individual states or to the citizens themselves. The people that do drugs are the kind of people are going to do drugs whether it is legal or not. This is another reason why federal regulation of marijuana makes absolutely no sense. It is the same with guns and other heavily regulated things. Law-abiding people won’t use them in harmful ways in the first place, and people that aren’t so law-abiding will use them irresponsibly no matter if it’s regulated or not. The forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest.

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  • Megan from Texas

    Federal Government Denying Benefits of Cannabis
    For all purposes under federal prohibition, “marijuana remains a Schedule I narcotic under federal law—a drug whose manufacture, possession, and sale remain serious felonies” (Kamin 218-219). However, in 29 states, marijuana is still medically legal with eight of those including recreational uses for adults but only under state law. Cannabis businesses cannot operate as other businesses can similiar to depositing in a bank, and they could potentially be shut down due to violation of the federal law (Kamin 220-221). Though besides the whole marijuana corporation confusion of law, the organic drug is still legal in more than half the United States, inferring that there has to be some beneficial use in admitting the plant. That is because marijuana throughout the years of control shows little to no harm. Though, it has proven to show mostly positive effects including its many pros in the medical field, its criminal decrease where it’s pursued, and predicted future effects in the government’s potential to use attainable tax money if it was to be legalized nationally.
    In the past, where more natural medicines occurred from 1854 to 1941, cannabis was in the United States Pharmacopeia, a nongovernmental standards and guide book to handling medications. In fact, “during that time, it was the third or fourth most common ingredient in patent medicines” (Bearman 24). This is because cannabis is not only used to particularly “feel good,” it has many medical benefits that could cure or decrease the side effects of many diseases, illnesses, and cancers organically. Although with most people concerned of “lung issues” through smoking, these myths haven’t been scientifically proven. Even still, there are other routes to administering marijuana into the body if the paranoia of smoke entering the body is an issue. In fact, they put Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in other forms “like nabilone (a synthetic derivative of THC), dronabinol (synthetic THC), cannabidiol,” oral cannabis extract, and more to the patient’s preferred absorption to increase the intake in the most pleasant and effective way possible (Murnion 212). Furthermore, when cannabis was trialled for its clinical purposes, it was found to take away chronic pain away from a “myriad of pain-producing illnesses” by reducing inflammatory responses and numbing the area impacted (Bearman 23). Just a few of a very long list includes “rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, complex sympathetic dystrophy, and restless leg syndrome” as benefited conditions whose side effects decreased upon use (Bearman 23). This pain relief serves greater purposes than just to the remediable ill. This easily accessible medicine can take the pain away from HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and even reduce the outbursts of epilepsy (Murnion 213). As if the list stopped, marijuana continues to give a therapeutic effect to “mental health problems, including attention deficit disorder (ADD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)” (Bearman 23). Just a simple migraine, stomach ache, or muscle cramp can be cured because of its increase in cannabinoids that would directly increase neurotransmitter dopamine to slow down neurotransmissions and ultimately leading to fewer head impulses (Bearman 33-34). This plant contains so many benefits to a variety number of people with a full spectrum of ailments and issues. No matter the race, gender, age, marijuana does not discriminate and is actually pronounced to bring groups interactions together through recreational use. “A short-term report [exemplified] improved moods, euphoria, sensory experiences, creativity, changes in appetite and increased socialising” (Fogarty 295). The “chilled-out” atmosphere exhibited around cannabis smokers shows a forecasted shift to a more amiable environment, therefore inferring less conflicts and conclusively leading to less crime in social settings.
    Many people believe that permitting the use of marijuana, a pronounced drug, will increase the rates of criminal activity and drug trafficking; however, studies show there is no correlation in current environments such as California, Colorado, and other states’ crime rates who have permission to smoke both recreationally and medically. First of all, the theory of marijuana being a “gateway drug” to more harmful addictions like metamorphine, cocaine, etc. has not been proven. The American College of Physicians stated in 2008 that “it is absurd… to cite a supposed “gateway effect” for patients who are routinely prescribed opiates and other highly addictive, potentially dead narcotics” (Marijuana Policy Project 86). Society will not turn to dangerous crimes to continue to grow their marijuana usage due to there being drugs with the same or even more potential to place a community’s health at risk. Take into consideration alcohol. Alcohol has no proven positive effect on the body but it is still legalized for the purpose to have “fun.” There are drunk drivers who consume a toxic beverage and kill people in car accidents every single year because they cannot obey the law. Similarly with drugs that portray a purpose, a large category of over the counter or prescribed medication have side effects of drowsiness or impaired reaction time and are recommended not to drive. However, the doctor expects responsibility and the instructions to be followed as marijuana would and is currently being done where it has been legalized to smoke (Marijuana Policy Project 84). The legalization of cannabis will allow the government to watch the activity or medicine carefully, setting their own restrictions. With the government’s cooperation, inspected distinct dispensaries placed around the corner can allow customers to safely buy liable marijuana compared to the one smuggled in the streets that have the unknown opportunity to be laced, fake, or just poor in general (Kamin 243-244). Then drug dealers would lose their marketing and drop criminal activity since they would have a decrease in customers. Furthermore, with the decline in the exporting of illegal drugs, the local police could focus on more illicit “busts” rather than chasing packages of what seems to be just a healthy plant. Altogether saving money because the federal government would not have to put as much security and time into keeping marijuana out the border but instead using its demand to acquire a large profit.
    The government is able to run very well by the citizen’s tax money. Almost to the point where an estimation of all their decisions are decided by if the legalization of any product will give the government an advantage to crawl out of its financial debt. Therefore, it is common sense to allow a cash crop like marijuana into the United States if it’s known to have a high supply and demand on the streets. Therefore, explaining the reason why most politicians “no longer confined to the left and libertarian right” support legalization because of its estimation of $14 billion that could be harvested as tax revenue, calling it the “Golden State’s biggest cash crop” (Miliard 116). Currently in the states where it is legal and also illegal, the massive marijuana industry goes tax free due to the federal government not allowing due process on a national level. To be more precise, the money wasted (to retain marijuana as unconstitutional) is about $12 billion while $7 billion could be collected in revenue if taxed like tobacco and alcohol (Miliard 120). Bringing up the situation that if marijuana became the top of its chain, alcohol and the tobacco demand could possibly decrease because of its similar effects temporarily given without the long term health negatives. People would be able to feel the same “buzz” they receive from other types of drugs without having to worry about alcohol poisoning or the effects of nicotine. There is not one person on record who has died from smoking too much original marijuana. Plus, if cannabis became its own industry, the amount of jobs from farmers, marijuana dispensers, company holders, product makers, etc, would help the increasing unemployment rate transition. Some companies that dispense marijuana currently, are even fighting to receive a type of bank labeled as credit unions that would only be available to marijuana businesses. Thus creating more jobs for people to do what they love legally and encouraging them to move off the streets. However, despite the pictured opportunities available, the civil government continues to focus on the little false negative effects derived from experiments where mass amounts of marijuana was used to conclude the question of legalizing the drug unfairly.
    With the trending legalization of weed, pot, cannabis or better known as marijuana, it’s no surprise if other states continue to follow the legalization trend (Ryan-Ibarra 145). When one state foresees the benefits of its neighbor, it will most likely want to join in on the healthy money making field. With the recreational bud business rising with budget, and doctors supporting the use to justly treat a wide range of ailments, the marijuana laws continue to be surpassed by states rapidly. Furthermore, with the growth of the plant continuing to show its worth through proven harmonical social interactions, marijuana will predictively become legalized nationwide once nearly all states join the cash flow of peace. The few negative effects of marijuana should not cause criminal disciplinary actions considering the United States allows the distribution of cigarettes at 18 and alcohol at 21 with no other limitations.
    Works Cited
    Bearman, David. “Marijuana Has Been Proven To Effectively Treat Many Medical Conditions” Medical Marijuana. Ed. Merino, Noël. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. 23-24. Print
    Fogarty, A., et al. “Marijuana as Therapy for People Living with HIV/AIDS: Social and Health Aspects.” AIDS Care, vol. 19, no. 2, Feb. 2007, pp. 295-301. Accessed October 24, 2017.
    Kamin, Sam and Viva R. Moffat. “Trademark Laundering, Useless Patents, and Other IP Challenges for the Marijuana Industry.” Washington & Lee Law Review, vol. 73, no. 1, Winter 2016, pp. 217-283. Accessed October 24, 2017.
    Marijuana Policy Project, “Potential Objections to Medical Marijuana,” Medical Marijuana, Greenhaven Press, 2011, pp. 78-90. Print
    Miliard, Mike. “The Time Is Right to Abolish Federal Prohibition of Marijuana.” Medical Marijuana, Greenhaven Press, 2011, pp. 115–125. Print.
    Murnion, Bridin. “Medicinal Cannabis.” Australian Prescriber, vol. 38, no. 6, Dec. 2015, pp. 212-215. blinn.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=111380533&site=ehost-live. Accessed October 23, 2017.
    Ryan-Ibarra, Suzanne. “Prevalence of Medical Marijuana Use in California, 2012.” Drug & Alcohol Review, vol. 34, no. 2, Mar. 2015, pp. 141-146. Accessed October 23, 2017.

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    The question of whether or not the federal government should legalize marijuana use is not as simple as yes and no. The federal government shouldn’t have a say in the legality of marijuana. This is an issue for the states to discuss. It’s States Rights 101, and the federal government legalizing or criminalizing it is federal overreach. So, yes only because it should be left up to the states to decide, but if the federal government says it’ illegal, the states wouldn’t have a say.

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    Legalizing marijuana would be a wise decision for any state. Not only would it lower drug arrest rates, clearing up spaces in jails but it also has many positive medical benefits. Marijuana has been proven to help those who suffer from mental illnesses like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and many more cope with the effects of their illnesses. There will be negative side effects , as their are with all legalized drugs as well as alcohol. We will see those negative effects in people who misuse marijuana, but the positive outweighs the negative in many ways. Legalizing it with restrictions and regulations would be a wise choice that will benefit any state that does so.

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  • Melissa from South Dakota

    Although there are valid reasons why Marijuana is illegal, the fact is that people are doing Marijuana illegally. However, in many states, state patrol men can’t do anything about it. It is evidence that our government can’t enforce our own laws because while the state might say it is legal the federal law says otherwise. The federal law says that people can’t have it and the federal law is above state law. Legalizing Marijuana would validate the states that already allow it and therefor give our nation strength because our government wouldn’t be defying itself. Also by allowing people to access Marijuana legally there will be fewer people who are getting it illegally and therefor not paying taxes on it.

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  • Cherie from Washington

    I think that marijuana should be legalized on the federal level, for both medical and recreational use. Marijuana can help reduce pain, and relax the mind which makes it good for medical use. It can also be used to help with epilepsy. As for recreational use…let people do what they want with their own bodies! Make sure they’re aware of the risks, but if people want to consume marijuana even if they don’t really need it, that’s their choice. If it’s not legal, people may just obtain it illegally anyway, so it would hardly change a thing, and the taxes from people purchasing it can go to fund things like drug education.

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  • Ajia from California

    Marijuana, though a drug that has been looked down upon, it is not as bad nor as dangerous as other drugs. Marijuana is healthier then drugs such as meth or cocaine and it is honestly not that bad. Legalizing it would not do a ton of harm on society as long as their some rules that apply to having the drug legal. In general, Marijuana is not a dangerous enough drug where if we kept it legal, it would end up seriously hurting our society.

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  • Katlynn from Nevada

    Although I do not believe that marijuana should just be a free grabs kind of thing for all states, I do believe that it has some remarkable benefits health wise. If the product is used above a set point and a person is driving though, it should be counted as a DUI and treated as such.

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  • Samantha from New York

    Marijuana can be an extensive source of tax revenue for the federal government. I think the best solution is to regulate marijuana purchases in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes – set an age limit, set relatively heavy taxes, etc. Marijuana can be just as addictive as alcohol and cigarettes, so why treat them differently? This implementation will likely lessen the appeal of abuse and buying from the black market.

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  • Henri from Colorado

    Yes! Many of our veterans need it to cope with their ptsd, a high price to pay for their duty. The least we can do for them is legalize marijuana to keep them from using more addictive painkillers and opioids, among other things more harmful than marijuana so they can cope with the condition. Anything to make their lives easier!

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  • Tamarra from Georgia

    Although frowned upon, marijuana is known to be very beneficial to those suffering from many health issues. For instance, THC slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and helps control epileptic seizures. Additionally, CBD can prevent cancer from spreading.

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    • Alisa from Ohio

      Marijuana is definitely something which can be used positively, contrary to the conventional negative response that many may have. It provides immense pain relief to those who might not have other options and if not addictive, has few downsides. I have met many who tell me that they have chronic pain in their face, back, arms, legs, etc. and marijuana has helped them treat it when nothing else has worked, not even pain medication.

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  • Isaac from Oregon

    Whether or not marijuana is legalized, people will find a way to obtain it and use it in unhealthy ways. But marijuana has many medical properties that I don’t think we should ignore. Why should we abandon the good things marijuana has to offer for the sake of irresponsible people affected negatively by it?

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  • Abigail from Wisconsin

    I believe that the use of Marijuana can provide many benefits for those who struggle with depression, anxiety and many other medical needs. The uses of this “drug” have yet to be explored to their full extent and could have major potential to help other forms of medical patients. The research that is currently being done has provided more uses for medical marijuana to be beneficial. I think with the legalization of this drug no harm would be done and, with more research, more benefits could be discovered.

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  • Zachary from Maine

    The strongest defense against the legalization of marijuana is the stigma that people have towards it. It is a drug just as much as alcohol, tobacco and prescription medication is. The only difference is the degree at which people use. Opponents would say people the recreational marijuana can be abused by minors and adults. That is true, but then again anything can be abused much like alcohol and even food. So that is an invalid excuse specially when the death ratio from abuse is much higher for alcohol than it is for marijuana. The next argument is that having strict laws against the possession of drugs and marijuana specifically have done more harm to the people than the drugs themselves. The harsh penalties and incarcerations for minor offenses that sometimes are longer than larger offenses are wasting our tax dollars. Instead this is an opportunity to capitalize it. Start off with the saving of money by less inmates across the states and then the taxation each state could enforce on marijuana. Money that an be spent on education, infrastructure and healthcare. By removing the stigma and educating about marijuana safely through D.A.R.E programs there is a strong opportunity make something great from this issue.

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  • Gracey from Florida

    As a family member of someone who suffered from a terminal illness, such as cancer. I watched my mother suffer from uncontrollable nausea and pain. It is important to note that cancer patients are limited in the number of medications they can take while receiving treatments. In addition, Marijuana can aid in many different illnesses and help those with anxiety.

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  • Bailey from Ohio

    Are those opposed to marijuana’s legalization also opposed to the legal sale and consumption of alcohol? If not, they are being incredibly hypocritical seeing as alcohol has accounted for millions more documented deaths, accidents, and addictions than marijuana ever has. On another note, if marijuana is taxed like alcohol is, imagine the amount of money that the government could collect and put towards projects like fixing our crumbling infrastructure, funding public schools, and overall improving communities in America. Yes, you do take the risk of people driving high or being high in another dangerous position, but this already happens in states where marijuana is illegal. If it were to be legalized, states could educate users on safe smoking habits more openly, the stigma of pot being something “edgy and cool” for minors to try would disappear, and ultimately create safer, well-funded communities.

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  • Mark from Colorado

    Yes because People who have problems that can be fixed by the use of medical TetroHydroCannibinal have access to medicine.

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  • Kailynn from Missouri

    I think that marijuana should be legalized because it is the least harmful drug to a persons body and can even produce positive effects to a person’s attitude and mood.

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  • Dustin from Kansas

    There are plenty of issues that can be caused legalizing the drug. There will always be people who abuse the substance and OD and even injure others under the consumption

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    • Daniel from New Jersey

      Aren’t already people doing that right now? Yes, they are. Why, though? Well, because marijuana has not been legally accepted, so they are trying to consume it more often. If marijuana is legally accepted, it will be as normal as alcohol or tobacco, so people would not really pay attention to it.

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    • Dante from District Of Columbia

      No one, and I mean no one, has ever overdosed on marijuana, even those who use or have used it more than what is suggested. Also, marijuana doesn’t tend to cause aggressive behavior that coule de result in someone being injured. If you wouldn’t cause harm to someone while sober, it’s unlikely that you’ll do it while high.

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  • Dawn from Michigan

    When availability to a substance increases so does use by youth. Especially with marijuana infused products, i.e. “edibles”, available in the general public, the visits to Emergency Departments and calls to poisoning centers increase for children. Colorado, Washington and California have seen increased use of marijuana contributes to traffic fatalities and crashes related to marijuana. We have enough problems with alcohol, prescription drugs, and tobacco/vaping, we don’t need to add another drug to mess up people.

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    • Avery from Ohio

      No matter if its illegal or not people, especially youth will find a way to get marijuana if they want it. Making it legal will allow the government put regulations on it like setting an age requirement, just like alcohol has. I also feel that if marijuana was legalized for medical purposes if may save people suffering for illnesses like migraines because it puts you into a state of relaxation. It would also limit the overdosing that would occur because there wouldn’t be a chance of unknown substances being hidden inside of the marijuana.

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  • Trish from New Jersey

    I don’t think the government should legalize marijuana because unless you need it for a medical purpose, it does more harm than good. People use it to escape reality and it can affect their work performance.

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  • Mckayle from Missouri

    I think that would cause higher overdose rates and cause more deaths. It would also cause more high drivers thus putting more drivers at risk. It also causes more harm to the body than its worth

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    • Dante from District Of Columbia

      People don’t die from using marijuana. People do, however die when marijuana needs to be smuggled in and violence gets involved in the business. Making marijuana illegal doesn’t actually stop people from driving under the influence of weed, people use it regardless of the law. Even it this was the case, people also drunk drive and cause a lot of damage, do you suggest we make alcohol illegal too? People get distracted while listening to music while driving should we ban that too? Finally, you mention how marijuana causes harm to the body but don’t cite anything specific. Marijuana actually helps the body more than it harms, it can reduce the growth of cancerous cells, it can help control epilepsy, it reduces stress and anxiety, those are just a few examples among many benefits of using marijuana.

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  • Ryan from Pennsylvania

    The federal government has no constitutional right to declare marijuana either legal or illegal unless the substance is being transported from one state to another. Marijuana being grown and sold within a state is entirely within the jurisdiction of the states themselves. The states have also traditionally held police power, so if enough people within a state believe marijuana should not be legal, they can vote in state representatives to pass such laws. Under the constitution, the current federal law banning marijuana usage is invalid, as would be any law actively legalizing it.

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    • Jake from Texas

      Well, actually, the federal government does have the right to declare a drug illegal when it poses a threat to the nation as a whole. That being said, whether you believe it poses a threat to the United States is a matter of opinion.

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  • Daniel from Georgia

    The government should not legalize marijuana for recreational use because it is a drug that alters one’s ability to function and therefore needs to be regulated. Simply put, the function of government is to ensure order. The legalization of marijuana makes it easier for citizens to obtain marijuana who will, under the influence of the drug , be less productive and perhaps destructive.

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    • Jack from New York

      While I agree with you about the role of government, I think that this stance is too authoritarian. By this logic, everything that is harmful (or to be more generous, that “alters one’s ability to function”) should be regulated by the government. This would be an unprecedented intrusion of government on our every day lives. We would go back to the days of prohibition, but this time with items such as sugar and phones making the blacklist as well, because of their proven effect on our ability to function. This is a world that I don’t think many people would want to live in.

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    • Amanda from Ohio

      Do you also believe in prohibition? According to the NIAAA approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women die from alcohol related causes ANNUALLY. This is only the third leading preventable cause of death in the united states. The first is tobacco. In order to die from a marijuana over dose a person would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of thc that is inside of a joint. Although with ANY drug use whether its alcohol, marijuana, even prescription drugs, it is up to the user to be responsible enough to know they shouldn’t drive or work under the use of mind altering substances. A poll taken by Marist college showed 52% of Americans over 18 have use marijuana. The drug is already known throughout the United states. Even in states where it is illegal. If the government were to legalize it and set up marijuana clinics like in California people would be able to get their weed in a LEGAL way without having to worry about getting arrested, being laced with other fatal drugs, and losing their jobs over something that may benefit their health. Setting up clinics will reduce the amount of illegal dealers on the streets, due to increase in competition. Although a lot of people DON’T use marijuana for medicinal purposes, there are plenty of people who do. Marijuana is proven to treat glaucoma, IMPROVE lung health and reverse effects of tobacco, control seizures, stops cancer from spreading, treat panic attacks, slow Alzheimer’s disease, ease pain, and it helps veterans that suffer from PTSD. I feel the benefits from legalizing marijuana completely outweigh the negatives.

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  • jordyn from Washington

    I don’t think it should be because it causes too much damage and it does more harm than good. It only is helpful medically, that should not be applied to everyone else when they do not need it.

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  • Savannah from Texas

    Although legalizing marijuana was originally intended to benefit the health of many, I have personally seen the negative effects that it has on society. Denver, a place that I once used to love to visit, has taken a downturn since the legalization of marijuana. People abuse the drug, using it to escape reality and take away pain that will still be there once the high deteriorates.

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  • Sheryl from Hawaii

    Individual states should make that determination. Leave the Federal Government out of it.

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  • MaryAlice from Colorado

    First Marijuana then something else, where does it stop?

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  • James from Minnesota

    While there may also be some very valid points on the side of yes, legalization of marijuana will likely raise the amount of people that overdose on it, drive while high, become addicted to it, or develop mental disorders from it.

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  • D. C. from Arkansas

    I think that although people say legalizing it could bring in a lot of taxable money I think citizens that would be using it will be driving, going to work, going to school, etc. while “high” and cannot make good decisions because of using it. Do we really need more people on it and causing more problems to add to problems we already have with people under the influence of alcohol? Who will protect those who are not high? What about children whose parents are too high to take care of them? Drugs, whether it be alcohol or other kinds, is NEVER the answer–no matter the money it brings in.

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  • Damen from Missouri

    Obviously, there are heath, economical, and recreational benefits to marijuana. I’m not ignoring those benefits. I recognize the studies that have been done and fully accept them. What works in Colorado doesn’t necessarily work in Montana, Mississippi, or Illinois. Our Founders fought tooth and nail for an idea called states rights. The median age in a state like Maine is much higher than in a state like Colorado, where pot is legal. Making pot legal in a state like Maine will not have the same economic benefits and stimulus it does in Colorado. The Federal Government can not carbon copy economic policy for the entire country. On the point of alcohol–Alcohol is illegal in over 185 counties and numerous municipalities in this country. I will not deny the economic benefit that alcohol provides the government through taxes. But in 186 counties and an abundance of cities and towns government bars the sell of alcohol, why would they sell marijuana? Completely legalizing marijuana is not the sole way to provide economic motivation. Some cities and municipalities have decriminalized marijuana. That is, not charging citizens that have up to a certain amounts, usually no more than an ounce or two. If more people are not piled into our city and state jails, states could spend more on schools, infrastructure, and the like. In California for example, people convicted of using marijuana have a chance to reduce their sentence. And people with records in the “regular world” had a chance to clear their records.To the point of ‘people will find & use pot if we make it legal or not”. Yes, people will use pot. But the Government shouldn’t make it easier to use pot. We’ve had a number of studies done about the use of pot, but there needs to be more studying, testing, and trials, before the government makes sweeping legislation. Just because people will do it, doesn’t mean we have to make it legal. If that were the case we’d have no laws. Folks on here love their hypotheticals. I’ve got one for you: Should murder be legal? I mean people are still gonna kill others, so why should the government brother? No. As far as medicinal use goes–I’m all for it. The majority of states have already declared medicinal marijuana legal (31/50 with 8 allowing recreational too). Veterans have praised marijuana’s medicinal benefits when it comes to dealing with their PTSD. Medical marijuana can be used to help cancer patients deal with the side effects of their chemotherapy medication. Medicinal plants have been used for thousands of years years, as has marijuana. Over 60% of the states recognize that. A federal law allowing the medicinal use of marijuana may be more appropriate. In summary: what works in one states doesn’t always work in another state, alcohol is illegal in a large part of the country, there are other ways to exploit the economic benefits of marijuana besides legality.

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  • Grace from Illinois

    In European countries, High Fructose Corn Syrup is illegal for admissible reasons linked to obesity and fatality, yet America seems to have HFCS innumerable sugary products. Poppy seeds illegal to consume in parts of Asia seems to be to fine for Americans. I believe Americans are exploiting and overstretching the definition of their American freedom and rights of liberty for not only their indulgent, addicted taste buds but for taxes. Yes, though black markets may sell ‘mass production’ of marijuana without any major governmental taxations, if the government legalizes marijuana merely for the revenue tax, it questions the government’s priorities. If the government cannot control the marijuana when illegal, how will the government maintain their ability to control the outcome of their decision of legalizing marijuana then? Even by starting by illegalizing and further imposing less addicting and detrimental drugs with people less addicted to such can initiate the balance of a healthier country.
    Even if you have all of the materialistic worlds but health fails, all is nothing.

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  • Sachin from Massachusetts

    Many proponents of legalization attempt to propagate the false notion that Marijuana use is a “victimless crime”, and this has been a dangerous, albeit potent, lie. Marijuana, and the addiction it causes, impacts more than just its users’ mental states– its use during pregnancies, before, and during adolescence are known to deteriorate learning, recollection and other cognitive abilities in adulthood (Drugabuse.gov, World Health Organization). Addiction, as with most drugs, often drains already financially-strained families, and divides even well-off families by encouraging theft and other crimes within households and in public. It also distracts and detracts from users’ education and occupation, lowering mental capacity in classrooms, offices, and on sports fields, stripping teachers of bright minds, lowering productivity for employers, and removing millions of potential contributors from the national economy. More pressing than these social and economic costs is the death toll marijuana use has amassed in America. Driving “high” is a prominent factor in the spike in car crashes in Washington according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and is largely unable to be prosecuted because marijuana can remain in the bloodstream for several weeks. Even by the most stringent libertarian standards, where there are victims, there must be laws to protect them, so when marijuana threatens lives, families, schools, and businesses, tight regulation is undeniably necessary.

    https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana/what-are-marijuanas-long-term-effects-brain
    http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/facts/cannabis/en/

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  • Mona from California

    Marijuana is hotly debated, and for good reason. As a Californian I see people around me who feel strongly about marijuana being legalized. However, I believe that recreational marijuana shuold not be legalized because of the harm that it will impose for our generation and generations to come. With legalization will come many more users, some of which will inevitably provide underage minors with the drug as well. I am 100% confident that every student on this forum knows or has heard of someone who has used marijuana before, and the fact that the number would increase should be unacceptable. Another concern with marijuana legalization is marijuana-related car accidents. Unfortunately many people still associate a DUI with only alchohol and don’t consider all possible harmful influences. I am willing to concede that medical marijuana should be made available to certain cases (I can’t argue with science), but recreational use of marijuana should not be allowed at the federal level.

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  • Dawna from Texas

    We’ve all seen that after a substance is legalized, the availability is higher and gets much easier into the hands of children as it will be abused and used outside of its intended benefit and will cause more problems than we solve. More people in prison, rehab, and broken homes because of legalized drugs. NO thanks!!!!!

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    • Jake from Texas

      I too am against drugs, but this was a problem with cigarettes a while back, and the solution was to maintain their legal status and increase education which has greatly reduced the number of teen smokers.

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  • Jessica from California

    No. Marijuana should not be legalized since it opens many opportunities for individuals to consume it as a recreational drug. Although marijuana has curative benefits, legalizing it would only attract more consumers, especially teens and young kids who would see this legalization as something good; therefore, kids would have the temptation to consume it because they think that if it was legalized, it isn’t harmful. Thus, legalizing it would only provoke more people to consume it as a recreational drug.

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    • Jack from New York

      Why couldn’t we outlaw it for kids and teens?

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  • Tamyai from Tennessee

    I agree with the statement that weed is a gateway drug not just to other drugs but to bad ideas

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  • Elise from Texas

    Most people who would be smoking marijuana may have children in their homes. What is it doing to their brain development? To their nerve development? How will it affect their future? When someone drinks alcohol, with children in the home,it would be unlikely that the children would be physically affected, except in the case of pregnant mother’s drinking. But with marijuana, children and babies in utero could be horribly affected.

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  • Jeanine from Wisconsin

    I think that there are pros and cons of legalization of the product. There are impacts that can be seen in Colorado that have been negative to the overall well being of the population. Marijuana-related traffic deaths increased 62 percent from 71 to 115 persons after recreational marijuana was legalized in 2013.Colorado youth past month marijuana use for 2013/2014 was 74 percent higher than the national average compared to 39 percent higher in 2011/2012. Emergency Department rates likely related to marijuana increased 49 percent in the two-year average (2013-2014). “Denver is losing visitors and valuable convention business as a result of these
    overall safety (or perception of safety) issues…” – VISIT DENVER Report. This has been directly linked to the increase in overall use since legalization. 68 percent of local jurisdictions have banned medical and recreational marijuana businesses. (Source: The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact, https://www.sheriffs.org/sites/default/files/2016%20FINAL%20Legalization%20of%20Marijuana%20in%20Colorado%20The%20Impact.pdf)
    Overall, the negatives have far outweighed the increase in revenue for the state of Colorado. To me, I think that the same would be held true if legalization would happen in Wisconsin.

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    • Gracee from Arkansas

      Although Marijuana has health benefits, it shouldn’t be legalized for recreational use. It can be very dangerous to those who don’t know how to use the product. Many people sell it illegally, which is another danger, no one will follow the rules of it even if it is legalized. With marijuana legalized for medical use only, the government still has complete control over it. I believe that marijuana should only be used for medical purposes. I have had experience with it in my family, and it can do crazy things to people who use it for a long period of time 24/7 with no breaks from being high.

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    • Liam from Kentucky

      No, the federal government shouldn’t legalize cannibis. They also shouldn’t make it illegal. It is not their place to do either. It is the place of the states to make cannibis legal or illegal. The federal government doesn’t need to be deciding this issues. That was never their job and it never should be. I am for the legalization of cannibis, but not on a national scale.

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  • Daniel from Georgia

    The federal government should not legalize the use of marijuana in the United States due to the many negative effects of the substance on humans. Even though marijuana may be a weaker drug compared to other substances in the world, the fact remains that marijuana is still a drug. Marijuana is a highly addictive substance that can destroy one’s life just as easily as alcohol and tobacco has done to countless people across the nation, and is often considered a “gateway drug” to other, more advanced and dangerous substances in the world. The legalization of marijuana will also cause people to suffer from its detrimental effects on the human mind, which, along with causing momentary high, happens to make accidents and self-harm more likely by lowering alertness and inhibitions. If the federal government decides to legalize this highly dangerous substance, it will be contributing to destroying lives, causing accidents, and raising the drug-related death count across this great nation.

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  • Michael from Arizona

    I can see the medical advantages of limited marijuana use, however, for recreational use I see no accurate argument. Statistically in the place where it has been legalized the longest, Colorado, we see much more than just the harful effects on the user. Crime rates are up, hard drug usage is up, high school dropout dates are up, the average high school grade has fallen, and the money promised to education has instead been dedicated to law enforcement due to the increase in crime. In march of 2013, up to 5 in 11 babies were born with some trace of Marijuana in their system in the city of Denver. This defeats the “victimless crime” argument as the ultimate victims are those targeted with the DUI crashes, robberies, vandalism, and hard drug use. In addition, the societal concerns shift towards the tax money from mrijuana. This money has almost always been promised towards education. But what do we see in the state with the longest legalization of the drug? The money goes towards law enforcement and crime prevention due to the skyrocketing rates. Furthermore,marijuana legalization harms the most vulnerable, children. There is NO way to tell the difference between laced and unlaced candies and gummies. There was a significant increase in accidental ingestion hospitalization of youth in Colorado. This alone is enough to oppose legalization. I have not made a single individual argument and rather have explained that the society and non-using individuals are the ultimate victims of cannabis decriminalization.

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  • Whitney from Arkansas

    Though marijuana has benefits, the negatives majorly outweigh the positives. There are people that will get marijuana regardless; however, it is much harder to get if illegal. People call it a victim-less crime when people get arrested for weed, but people forget that marijuana is a DRUG, just like any other. I have personally seen the effects of marijuana. People who smoke ,marijuana love to say that they are not addicted and they can stop anytime they please. When the time comes, they will never go without choosing marijuana. Eventually, there will be a time when they will begin choosing weed over necessary things. Marijuana is also a gateway drug. Once people cannot get as high as they used to (without it taking a lot more than usual) people resort to other drugs. Even though times are changing and people are adapting in different ways, in five years will people be fighting to have heroine legalized?

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  • Charlotte from Virginia

    Marijuana should not be legal for nearly a thousand reasons, but the most important reason is that we do not need another depressant drug easily accessible to the general public.
    A depressant drug is one that depresses or inhibits brain function. Sounds familiar? Alcohol, heroin, and other opiates are also depressant drugs. These drugs have long term effects such as chronic fatigue, breathing difficulties, and depression. Not to mention that depressant drugs are highly addictive and the overdose rate in the United State alone is climbing every year. Putting these drugs out there will only create more addict and more overdoses.
    Many argue that marijuana should be legalized for it will benefit many people. They state health benefits, even economic growth as enough validation to support their belief. Both of these reasons are not enough to validate their claims that marijuana should be legalized for the general public. The claim that marijuana has health benefits for the average American, such as stress relief and tranquility, is absolutely absurd. Marijuana is a highly addictive drug that changes the very nature of our brains, creating a chemical imbalance and a need. Just one smoke could bind one individual to a lifetime of addiction that will only lead to death due to overdose. The only valid claim to health benefits may be the use of marijuana medically, but these claims must continue to be tested to be sure if medical marijuana is truly safe to use. Their second claim, economic benefits is just as invalid. Yes, the stock markets would soar and weed shops would start growing like… well… weeds. But in the long run, legalizing marijuana would only bring harm to our economy. All the new addicts, unable to hold jobs because of their retraining addiction, would start to rely on welfare, straining other taxpayers. These addicts, without steady income, would rely on Medicare for any treatments and the strain on Medicare would put a stain on the hospitals and the hospital staff. And ultimately, the less people with jobs, the less the economy can grow.
    Therefore, marijuana should not be legalized by the federal government, for we do not need another depressant drug available to the general public. For if we legalize marijuana we will see a spike like never before of drug overdoses and we will see the strain it puts our economy under. Our governments should continue to fight the opiate overdose crisis by keeping marijuana illegal, but working to improve rehab options for addicts of all kinds.

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  • Cheyenne from Missouri

    If it’s not used for medical reasons, it shouldn’t be used at all as a leisure activity.

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  • Eva from New Jersey

    People will take advantage of the legalization of marijuana and make it something bad. Death and accidents rates will increase due to recklessness and not knowing when enough is enough. Teens especially wouldn’t benefit from the legalization of marijuana they would take advantage of the drug and misuse it.

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  • Jake from Texas

    The government, instead of legalizing it, should decriminalize it, while distribution should still be illegal. This is because the government spends a lot of money enforcing this law while it would be much more beneficial to just stop wasting any more of the federal budget on ineffective methods. The reason it shouldn’t be legalized is that when it becomes legal, stores begin to sell the product, which at first appears to be a good idea. This soon becomes a problem when “pot shops” begin showing up in marketplaces, driving down the property value of the surrounding businesses, hurting them, and, in turn, hurting the economy. Another reason the high tax argument holds almost no water is because, when something is taxed at a high enough rate to actually benefit the government, a black market develops. This would circumvent all government regulation and be more readily available to minors.

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  • Breanna from Montana

    With thirty of the United States legalizing marijuana for medical use, recreational use, or both, there has been conflict between states enacting legislation contradicting federal laws. The conflict begins with the question, “who governs” the states or the federal government? In this case, it is the federal government. Article VI of the Constitution contains the supremacy clause which when in conflict, permits federal laws priority over state laws.
    In the United States, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug and mainly among young people. Marijuana affects the brain in many ways, producing both short and long-term effects. It has been linked to mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts (“National Institute on Drug Abuse”). By a 1970 federal law, the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), marijuana is classified as a dangerous and addictive drug. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), may prosecute individuals growing, selling, or those involved in the distribution of marijuana. As the U.S. Attorney Office in Seattle said, “Regardless of any changes in state law, growing, selling, or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law” (Quattlebaum).
    Members of the opposing side, stating that the states govern in this scenario, bring in the 10th Amendment. This amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the Unites States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Opponents say the federal government has overstepped its boundaries and the 10th Amendment has been violated. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected many of the states’ claims. Article I, Section 8, most commonly referred to as the commerce clause, allows the federal government to regulate economic activity that could potentially spill over state boundaries (Quattlebaum). With that being said, marijuana is an illegal drug and it should remain illegal.

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  • Victoria from New Hampshire

    I do not think that the government should legalize Marijuana because it is a serious gateway drug. Drugs are harmful to the body, because they are a mind altering substance. I have personal spoken to heroin addicts (because they came to my school to give speeches) and they even believe that if they never started smoking pot, that they would have never have tried heroin or harder drugs. Once someone gets addicted to being high, they will do whatever it takes to get a better and stronger high.

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  • Mitchell from Washington

    I believe that the main premise of legalizing marijuana is for recreational users. I understand that it has health benefits to many people and can help with seizures and cancer and other things, but, ever since marijuana has been legalized in my state, the ways that teens have gotten to it has become so much easier. It is also a “gateway” drug, whether you agree with this statement or not, marijuana has been used by many people I am close with, and not too long after they started using it as a recreational drug, they began to experiment with newer and more hardcore drugs.

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  • brooke from Wisconsin

    I don’t think it is necessary for marijuana to be legalized.

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  • Cheyenne from Indiana

    While marijuana has been proven to have many medical pros, it is still a gateway drug. If marijuana is legalized the chance of an increase in the distribution and usage of other illegal drugs will sky-rocket. The current annual death toll from drug-related overdoses is already very high, and it will only increase if legalization of marijuana, the number one gateway drug in America, occurs.

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    • Jack from New York

      The death toll in the status quo- caused by the War on Drugs- has been much more than the death toll caused by marijuana in the states where it has been legalized. This is because a) it is physically impossible to overdose on marijuana and b) according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, while marijuana is correlated with tendencies that are consistent with the theory of a “gateway drug,” the majority of people don’t progress onto worse drugs.

      https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-gateway-drug

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    • Dante from District Of Columbia

      There is no evidence that suggests that marijuana is a gateway drug. It takes a 5 minute google search to find out that it isn’t. I seriously doubt that you’ve done any research. More marijuana users use harder drugs than people who don’t use marijuana, however this a simple case of correlation not being the same as causation.

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    • Anonymous from Alabama

      Hahahahahahahahahaha. You are a sheep. Lmao.

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  • Allysa from New Jersey

    Marijuana shouldn’t be legalized because people can overuse it. Although it benefits people who need it for medical reasons, there are people who will just use it for fun.

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  • Makayla from Massachusetts

    I feel like the federal government should let each individual state decide if marijuana should be legalized. Different states are in different situations and depending on their reason the state should be able to choose whichever they would want to legalize marijuana or only let it be used for medical use. There are situations that are better for the federal government for instance Constitutional rights and national laws. On the other hand, letting each state choose what is right in smaller situations like marijuana legalization depending on what is currently going on there is better

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  • Kristen from New Jersey

    Marijuana has an endless amount of health benefits. It helps people with anxiety, brings down the stress in people, and more. It may help people with medical issues, but is it worth making legal for recreational purposes when there are a plentiful amount of problems it can cause? Should they really be giving the choice to adults? Adults who, may I add, are taking advantage of how much alcohol they consume or how many cigarettes they smoke a day? What makes you think they will not do the same with marijuana? Not all, but there are a lot of people in this world who are careless. But don’t take it from me, let’s look at the facts. For one, marijuana causes weight gain by causing people to want to snack and eat more. In addition, it is addictive for some people, based on studies that have been done. Last, but not least, children who are being exposed to this can have health issues, even if their mother is just pregnant while using.

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    • Jade from Louisiana

      The majority of people who will be smoking marijuana if it’s made legal are already smoking it. Not much is going to change as far as negative consequences. children are already being exposed to it, and have been for a long time, black market drug dealers don’t discriminate. Money is money for them. If legalized and regulated it’ll be harder for children to get their hands on it because businesses will be held accountable if they sell to a minor. Also marijuana is nowhere near as intoxicating, or harmful as alcohol is when abused irresponsibly.

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    • Kendall from Pennsylvania

      What are your sources from which you have found these “facts,” may I ask? It is worldly known that marijuana actually increases metabolism. In fact, different stands have different physical effects, so it is incorrect to say that marijuana as a whole causes weigh gain when what the individual is ingesting could be making them drowsy, for example. Equivocally, adult should be able to choose what they put into their own body at any given time. People who smoke cigarettes and consume alcohol responsibly are not a danger to society; henceforth, smoking marijuana is no different whether for recreational or medical purposes.

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  • Joseph from Montana

    We should not legalize it because if we do then their will be more students in high school and college smoking and doing this drug then focusing on school. Patients can have it if they can get their doctor to approve and say why they need it.

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    • Jade from Louisiana

      Statistics have shown in states that have legalized underage usage usually stays the same, or drops. This is because it’s harder to get from businesses than it is to buy it off the street, and the majority of people who are going to smoke it already are

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    • Daniel from New Jersey

      Students can have freedom to be right as to be wrong. If they decide to smoke, it is their own decision (as long as they do not harm anybody). If marijuana is legalized, there would be less people smoking it. Why? Well, when alcohol was prohibited during the 19th century, there were many speakeasies (illegal bars), risking their lives just for alcohol. It was like marijuana in the 19th century; people selling it improperly and illegally.Nowadays, there are not that many people consuming alcohol; it has completely decrease since the 19th century, in which alcoholism was known as a disease. A solution is that, if marijuana is legal, marijuana smokers percentage will rapidly decrease when marijuana is legally accepted. Society wants to break the rules, but what if this rule breaks by itself?
      Sources: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31741615

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  • Dylan from New York

    The federal government should not legalize marijuana. Marijuana is a gateway drug. From 2015-2016 homelessness in Colorado increased 13% while it decreased 3% nationally. Some say marijuana is not harmful to your health but this is false. Marijuana has 50% more cancer causing toxins than cigarettes. Legalizing marijuana will drive up healthcare costs. On average smoking marijuana will lower your IQ by 8 points. This is significant because it an 8 point IQ can reduce your income by $57,000. In Amsterdam when they legalized marijuana they had a massive problem with children smoking it. People who smoke marijuana get long cancer 20 years earlier than smokers. Fatal car crashes in Colorado increased by 40% from 2013-2016 (17% in 2016) after they legalized marijuana. The number of people driving that tested positive for marijuana used increased 145%. In Washington 10% of fatal car crashes are because of marijuana now that they legalized it. Marijuana today is also more toxic than marijuana in the 1970s and 1980s. Marijuana is addicting because 4.3 million of the 7.3 million people dependent on an illicit drugs were dependent on marijuana. Marijuana also increases you risk of schizophrenia. Marijuana destroys you mental health, reduces your IQ and makes you less productive. Legalizing marijuana will destroy American culture and create a generation of lazy and unproductive citizens. If our work force is unproductive companies will leave the U.S. and our economy will become week. The job of the government is to protect its citizens and legalizing marijuana will hurt and kill Americans.

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/10/colorado-tries-to-fight-homeless-problem-that-may-have-been-triggered-by-pot-law.amp.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-146853/Why-cannabis-greater-cancer-risk-tobacco.html

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2014/01/21/5-reasons-marijuana-should-remain-illegal-n1782086%3famp=true

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  • Kyle from Washington

    I believe that before states make marijuana legal, the Federal Government should first change the laws about the legalization of marijuana

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