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: 77%
No: 23%
  • 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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    • Abby from New York

      Studies show the combustion of marijuana can generate 3-20 times of more carcinogens and toxins than tobacco. Would you let your loved ones to exposure to secondhand smoke of marijuana?

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    • Cameran from Alabama

      Marijuana has been misrepresented by our society for years. As a harmful, terrible substance. It isn’t perfect and I agree mostly with what you are saying.

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    • Dylan from Michigan

      I fully support your decision up until the point where you state that one of the rules should include that a person shouldn’t be allowed to smoke in or around their house and actually go to a designated building.. that’s part of the enjoyment factor that people enjoy of this plant. They want to be in the comfort of their home doing what they normally do just in the elevated state of mind that marijuana helps achieve. Also not to mention the creating of these buildings and all of the other funds necessary for public buildings that just don’t make sense when people basically have their own versions of these so called smoking building but have tailored it to themselves over years and don’t have random other people smoking with them if they don’t want.

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    • Taylor from Indiana

      One particular aspect I would like to highlight is the occurrence of bizarre hallucinations when the chemicals in marijuana enter the body while using. These chemicals in marijuana have the ability to alter the minds neurotransmitters and increase the risk of obtaining a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia; a severe mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally; in other words, one may find it particularly difficult to differentiate reality versus what is only happening in the mind. According to Mayo Clinic, “Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling.” they also state that taking pyschoactive drugs make a person highly more susceptible of becoming a victim of schizophrenia or other mind altering mental illnesses. By putting oneself in the position of possibly suffering schizophrenia, they are at an even greater risk of severe depression, anxiety, self-harm, and in some cases suicide.

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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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  • 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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    • Emily from Indiana

      Although people may feel more confident and relaxed while high, it has been proven that marijuana increases anxiety, moodiness, and decreases motivation. Marijuana contains an ingredient called THC, which causes you to get the effects after consuming it. But according to Web MD “The amount of THC in marijuana has gone up in recent years. Most leaves used to contain between 1% and 4% THC. Now most have closer to 7%. Experts worry this might make it easier to become dependent on or addicted to marijuana — and it also strengthens many of the drug’s mind-altering effects.” In many cases, this has caused many people to get involved with even more detrimental drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamine.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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    • Ezekiel from Indiana

      Please stop. Your entire submission is based off a “.com” website. If you don’t already know, that indicates that it is not a reliable source. Your source also uses the phrase “…is also a liar…”. A factual site with reliable information commonly doesn’t whine and use words like “liar”. You also use unreliable statistic off of this unreliable site and base your entire being off of them. Marijuana does not have anything to do with race. If a lot of people of a certain race are found with marijuana, then it’s as simple as a lot of people of a certain race were found with marijuana. There isn’t anything else to it. Most of the people are Mexican because that is where most of it comes from.

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  • 1999 from Connecticut

    Legalize marijuana

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  • JOETTE from Florida

    I support the use of Marijuana for medical purposes. Being a person that suffers with chronic pain and knowing I can take a natural substance vs a man made chemical that causes me more problems. I choose Marijuana.The government has i’s hands in all these medicine manufactures so of course hey are no wanting to support it because that means less money in their greedy little pockets.

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  • emily from California

    There should be a uniform regulation in the country for something that has consequences in all 50 states. That being said, it should be legalized with regulation to prevent misuse.

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  • John from Texas

    It will pay for trumps wall

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  • Steven from Maryland

    Freedom means that if what you’re doing doesn’t damage property or physically harm a person you should have nothing to fear. Are we really free? Do we not deserve better? Here in Maryland our despicable representatives won’t let the people vote for themselves, what a crock this land of the free is, where our representatives aren’t brave enough to admit they were wrong.

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  • Jennifer from Virginia

    Marijuana has been know to help those suffering illnesses and that is why it should be legalized.

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  • Nicole from California

    I feel that Legalizing cannabis would help the overcrowding in prison and lessen the stigma around a harmless drug.

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  • Cameran from Alabama

    Prohibition of this drug has little to no effect on the use of it. Statistics say that when you legalize a drug, quite surprisingly, the use of the drug goes down. This is a relatively harmless drug that has been vilified to levels that do not make much sense. Even to the level of being a schedule one drug, meaning having absolutely no medical use, highly addictive, and extremely harmful. That is false. It can be abused like any other substance, but if people are compelled to use these drugs they will always find a way to do so. Proper education is the only repellent to these drugs, and government regulation (for the safety of the public) is the absolute best route of action.

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  • Adrianna from Missouri

    In this point in time Marijuana is a dangerous drug that should be illegal. This drug doesn’t just change the personality of people, it can also kill them. They say life is short. Why make it even shorter then it already is? Throughout time the drug can also change the way you look, talk, and smell. People use this drug for calmness and the struggle to wanting to escape reality. We were put on earth for a purpose. To view the things we have around us. To be thankful. Escaping might be fun at first, but will be regretted in the end when the last thing you see is blurry walls, a hospital room, and your own death bed. For calmness and other related, there are many things to substitute these products with. If smoked, it should be authorized and the individual should be fined or put in jail if seen. Citizens are getting out of control due to this drug. It changes people. Why smoke to be happy, when you can experience bigger, better things. There’s more to life then going broke and getting high. On top of all the back up. Loosing teeth and feeling is not the answer. Bills raise. Money drops. And so does the heart. Stop this now, and spread awareness. You might just save the life next to you. A baby. A mother. A father. A grandpa. A grandma. A cousin. Or even a stranger. Join the fight to end this discussion.

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  • Ur from Colorado

    Marijuana has less negative effects than cigarettes, so why are cigarettes legal? Marijuana leaves people feeling dazed, so it should be illegal to drive with the substance in your system, but I think marijuana should be treated as alcohol is. It would also help the overcrowded jails filled with many minor drug charges.

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  • Anna from Colorado

    It certainly needs to be legalized for medical, industrial, and research-based purposes. I can understand the hesitation on legalizing it recreationally, but it is honestly no worse than alcohol and cigarettes. If legalized recreationally, it would also allow even more of an economic boost and would help cut costs for police forces that are already spread very thin and can use the manpower to go after larger problems.

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  • Richard from Illinois

    I think it should

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  • Bill from Ohio

    A natural plant. Even has healthy properties without side effects of major big pharma poison.

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  • fletcher from New Hampshire

    Not only does marijuana calm, relax, and ease people across the country, but if this drug was legalized it would keep good people out of jail.

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  • Alexandre from Florida

    There is several points supporting the legalization or decriminalization of the marijuana in the United States : first the substance itself . The marijuana’s consumption provides calm and relaxation , can help with pain , headaches etc.. it’s recreational use is one of the main use among the marijuana users , but the use of marijuana is less harmful on the short therm than some other susbstances such as alcohol or party drugs , a marijuana overdose being nearly impossible to reach . Second , the legalization of the marijuana could mean a better control on the quality of the product , the implementation of growing norms , the banishment of harmful growing substances used by the grower and that can end up in the final product . Third , the marijuana industry could provide huge jobs opportunities all over the country and generate a $1.5 billion of revenue every year and provide about 15,000 jobs all over the US . Also we won’t neglect the savings made on the drug war , which results have been pretty low since it’s start , despite the huge investment made by the government every year . However , restrictions should be applied for the usage of marijuana , such as an age limit for the purchase and use of marijuana , a buying limit quantity per user each month to limit the effects linked to the over consommation of hemp , and the implementation of no smoking zones in public and privates facilities such as schools , restaurants etc ..

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  • Ryan from Colorado

    I believe yes, the Federal government should legalize marijuana. two key factors backing my argument are that first of all, it brings in an outstanding amount of tax money for the states so if the federal Gov legalized it that could bring in an immense amount of much needed money, and second NOT ONE PERSON HAS EVER DIED FROM MARIJUANA, yet on average, 88,000 people die annually from alcohol making it americas 3rd leading cause of preventable death.

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  • Megan from Colorado

    Medical Marijuana has been beneficial to many people. It is not addictive and it is a natural medicine. It was grown from the ground and have proven to help many people who suffer from pain. I have seen many cases where marijuana has people who have Parkinson’s Disease or epilepsy calm down and either completely stop their pain, seizures, or tremors or make it more manageable. By legalizing marijuana, it could help many people who do not have access to it who need it for medical purposes.

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  • Suzanne from Colorado

    Since it did so well in Colorado and has shown great benefits it should be

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  • Sydney from Colorado

    Marijuana should be legalized because:
    1. Marijuana has proven medical benefits for cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and other patients, crime and violence
    2. Both within the U.S. and at the U.S.-Mexico border, are greatly increased due to illegal selling and buying of marijuana. Legalization would logically end the need for such criminal behavior.
    3. Marijuana is one of America’s top-selling agricultural products.

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  • Clara from Rhode Island

    I know a girl who got sold heroin-laced weed and almost died. If weed was something mainstream that you could buy at like a convenience store it would be much harder for dealers to get away with that kind of thing.

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  • Mariana from Illinois

    Marijuana is not a harmful drug when taken in decent portions. Doctors prescribe marijuana to patients because they know it will do them good. With the right amount it’s less likely to be addicted. Also, psychologically it’s possible to be addicted to many other substances.

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  • aurora from Arkansas

    Most people use marijuana for recreational purposes such as lowering stress levels and controlling PTSD problems. Over 25% percent of veterans use medical marijuana for many problems that every day VA provided medicines can’t help with

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  • Levi from Missouri

    Marijuana, or, more accurately, Cannabis sativa, was legal for all of American history until the 1930’s when Harry J. Anslinger was named as the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He created the name marijuana as a part of his crusade against Cannabis sativa. He worked with newspapers to get fake stories published about how it destroys your brain and makes you more prone to murder and rape. What’s worse is that he specifically utilized racism by saying that it makes white women desire minority men. This crusade was inexplicably successful and ended in Congress criminalizing it with no research whatsoever. And, over time, as a society, we just accepted that it was bad for you, but it’s time for us to change that view.
    Every 13 seconds someone dies from alcohol products and their effects. Every 6, someone dies from tobacco products and their effects. Those two products which are responsible for so much death in our country are completely legal. At the same time, we refuse to legalize cannabis which is responsible for 0 deaths as it is impossible to overdose on cannabis. But that’s far from the only reason to legalize it. If you really think cannabis is such a terrible drug, then you should want to legalize it. It’s currently easier for kids to get cannabis than alcohol or cigarettes because of the regulations we have put in place on those products. There is a booming black market for cannabis, because in most states that is the only market. We have no control over whether drug dealers make kids show ID, but we can control legal vendors and make sure that cannabis isn’t ending up in the hands of children at the very least.
    A primary reason that many people give for keeping cannabis illegal is that it is a “gateway drug”. The fact is, however, that this simply isn’t true. It is true that those who smoke cannabis are more likely to use cocaine. But this is completely correlational. When you look to causal studies you see that one doesn’t really lead to another. One study on rhesus monkeys published in the US National Library of Medicine found that being forced to use cannabis may actually make taking heroin less attractive and rewarding. So while it’s true that most people don’t go straight to heroin or cocaine, that doesn’t mean that cannabis has any role in pushing people towards those drugs. Furthermore, it isn’t an addictive drug, unlike nicotine or alcohol, two highly addictive and legal drugs.
    Finally, let’s look to the possible benefits of legalizing cannabis. First, the medical benefits. Here are just a few of the medical benefits that can come from cannabis: treat glaucoma, control epileptic seizures, stop cancer from spreading, decrease anxiety, slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, ease the pain of multiple sclerosis and arthritis, helps your metabolism, soothes Parkinson, and the list goes on and on. But if for some reason you don’t care about helping the millions of Americans faced with these ailments, then legalize it because of the economic benefits it will bring. Economists have estimated that legalizing pot could save the U.S. up to $14 billion a year. Just the state of California is expected to receive $3 billion in tax revenue from legalizing weed. So even if you don’t believe any of the things I said about the health benefits and lack of health harms, you should still want to legalize it because there are few simpler policies that can bring in that can bring about that significant of an economic impact.
    At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide. Do you want to continue to blindly support a law created 80 years ago by a blatant racist or would you like to make a change that will help millions of Americans with a range of illnesses while saving America billions of dollars? That doesn’t seem like a difficult decision to me, but it’s one you’ll have to make.

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  • Carlos from Texas

    smoking weed helps me clear my mind and think clearly. while also helping be a pain killer and anti depressant. Plus imagine how much money they could be making if they legalized it in my state and take take marijuana off drug test for certain people.

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  • Oliver from Tennessee

    Americans shall not be walking hypocrites. The ones with beers in their hands arguing on this so-called harsh drug are ignorant to the serious benefits of the legalization of the drug. From a medicinal standpoint, Marijuana helps anorexic humans to form a better eating habit, Marijuana contributes to the declination of rapid growing cancer cells in a cancer diagnosed patient, Marijuana helps decline the amount of sporadic seizures in those that experience many throughout the day. From a recreational standpoint, legalizing marijuana will drastically decline the illegal sales of it, and instead legal sales will be monitored by the government. Alcohol is legal now, when it was illegalized in 1920, gang violence and illegal solicitation drastically increased, and we realized that we made a mistake. We now need to realize that again, we are making a mistake!

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  • Ian from Kentucky

    I support the decriminalization of marijuana on a federal level and legalization a state issue. I really don’t want the problem of forgetting I have weed in my car when I drive to Texas to get thrown in jail for 6 months for a little bit of weed I can legally buy in the next state over. There are so many arrests where people will be wasting half of a year of their life in jail for a personal supply, it’s filling up jails and permenantly effecting their records. If the substance is concentrated in state like Texas, the penalty can be two years in prision. I support a states rights to publicly ban and confiscate whatever substance or material the people vote on, but that should not give them the power of imprisonment of different ideas to them. I believe that the legalization would do much more good than harm; people who are willing to smoke and drive will show the same impared signs of drunk drivers. Both Marijuana and Alcohol are depressants and cause many of the same imparing symptoms to be identified; a cop can also tell them a really stupid joke and if the driver laughs hysterically for a fat minute after the joke then the driver is probably stoned. The officer could also just use a THC detector on any suspected driver, which law enforcement of ANY state should already be using. Medically it has been proved to help with Chemo sickness, seizures, anxiety attacks, depressive episodes, etc… If Marijuana could replace Xanax, a god awful opiate in place now to help with anxiety attacks, then the war on opium and synthetics would be that much closer to being over. People won’t stop doing xanax, but it may allow someone plagued with anxiety to rest easy knowing that they can not easily be addicted to their medicine and only hope of feeling like they’re actually worth something or finding a muse in their life they thought was dead. I’m pretty accepting of the legalization of a drug that turn the pharmaceuticals industry upside down and redefine how we see new medicines.

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  • Logan from Georgia

    I don’t do drugs and I never intend to do drugs. However on the case of marijuana I believe it should be legalized taxed and regulated along with every other drug. If the FDA were to do to marijuana as they do to cigarette the US could incur the profits. More money on taxed and regulated goods, plus then after another period like smoking in the mid 1900’s the “cool” factor of marijuana will fade and then less and less people every year will want to smoke it and society will move onto something else whether it be something new or old. In the case of drugs people are going to do it whether it is legal or not so if people want to voluntarily hurt themselves I say let them but, tax them as well.

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  • Ashley from Wisconsin

    Comparatively speaking, when compared to the effects of alcohol and tobacco, marijuana is nowhere near as detrimental than other legal recreational drugs. In fact, the only real difference between such industries is the stigma that marijuana carries that has never been attached to tobacco or alcohol in the same way. The sole reason for tobacco’s economic success stems back to the founding of America when England was struggling to find some sort of resource in America and to their surprise tobacco was highly addictive. Marijuana is not nearly as addictive and because it isn’t treated the same way tobacco is, it contains less carcinogens. Our perception of tobacco and alcohol has been biased by billion dollar companies who conduct “scientific studies” in order to convince the public that their product isn’t harmful to public health. The surgeon general has had to fight off the tobacco industry producing studies on secondhand smoke and the effects of cigarettes on pregnancies – both of which tobacco industries has supported in the past. As for alcohol, in 2016 over 10,000 people were killed from the effects of motor vehicle related accidents. Over 2,000 people die from alcohol poisoning each year and that doesn’t count the prolonged effect it has on a person’s liver. If the argument against marijuana is that it will cause more car accidents, that’s incorrect because alcohol is an unprecedented monster that is quite legal. The deaths stem from our disciplinary system’s inability to regulate and discourage those from driving under the influence, or from lax punishments in allowing people to continue to keep their license after previous and repeated offenses. Germany, a country who has the autobahn and over 58 breweries has less drunk driving related accidents than the U.S. because of their stricter regulations and overall societal opinion of alcohol. In America, the only thing separating marijuana from these industries is an economics deficit that could be bridged by increasing taxes on this form of recreational drug. The bias of public opinion created by the War on Drugs still echoes in politician’s ears today, making them hesitant to legalize something that, other than overcrowding our prisons, causes less deaths than the two biggest (and legal) products of our time. According to the Huffington Post, over 50% of prison inmates are remnants of the War on Drugs, and while a large portion of them have been convicted for possession related to drugs of a much more server variety, those convicted for marijuana are still quite numerous, on a scale that is completely unnecessary when given how many smokers the U.S. houses as well as alcoholics who require AA meetings to solve more detrimental problems. This isn’t to say that the federal government should legalize all forms of recreational drugs, there are many that are incredibly harmful, but we as a country have to stop pretending that the biases we have against marijuana are of the same caliber when they clearly aren’t – and that disposing of them could solve both an economics and reformatory problem at the same time. In our little representative democracy, around 29 states have legalized marijuana in some form, so at the very least America should listen to it’s majority, as it has made claims to support in the past.
    Sources:
    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/health_effects/index.htm
    https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving
    https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/01/06/6-americans-die-every-day-from-alcohol-poisoning
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_brewing_companies_in_Germany
    https://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/specialist/knowledge/alcohol/prevalence_amp_rate_of_alcohol_consumption/crashes_and_injuries_en
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_drugs
    https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/tobacco_related_mortality/index.htm
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/10/war-on-drugs-prisons-infographic_n_4914884.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_cannabis_by_U.S._jurisdiction

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  • Manuel from Kansas

    I vote yes because when was the last time you heard of someone say ” I want a more intense high, Im gonna go do heroin” but none the less people and the government will continue to say it’s bad for you and will do more harm than good but the way I see it, no mater what people will still smoke recreational weed no matter what happens.

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  • Jake from South Carolina

    Marijuania is a weird subject. Many people in favor of it beyond medicinal use are not the most rhetorically gifted, and those who most strongly speak against the legalization of cannibis go by what their parents say but then don’t bother actually doing research into why it might be a smart idea to legalize.

    Avoiding the intricacies of science hallucinogens have been shown by many studies as treatment, if not cures for a variety of different mental disorders and issues ranging from smaller issues like stress and anxiety to much larger problems such as schizophrenia and cancer.

    However, this is by far the weakest argument for the legalization of marijuana. In 2016 alone illegal pot sales are estimated to reach almost 50 billion dollars. That’s billion with a ‘b’. If the government is looking for any source of income they could tax the heck out of weed. Using last years numbers if we applied the countries lowest gas tax (Alaska at 3.9%) to those numbers the federal government would have raked in almost 2 billion dollars.

    Ultimately the federal government should be hands off when it comes to how people treat their own bodies. If you want to pump chemicals into yourself knowing fully well all of the health risks associated, you should be able to. Our ultimate freedoms should allow us to be as stupid as we so choose, and if the federal government can they should try and capitalize on the opportunity to make money from those decision.s

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  • dwaquaja from South Carolina

    The federal government should not legalize marijuana because it can become very addicting and It is terrible for your mental health.

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  • Theakummonyrarth from Georgia

    I believe medical marijuana should be legalied for the help it can provide for all those who are in need. Marijuana can be used to lessen tumors, decrease the spread of cancer cells, and help with mental illnesses.

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  • Joshua from Utah

    Of course it should be legalized, the benifits far outway any minor risk. Which the risks involved are pretty much 0.

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  • Tyler from South Carolina

    Marijuana only hurts people when it’s illegal. Stop making good people criminals!

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  • Ray from Florida

    Maarijuana is a drug thats nothing but beneficial for people. Alcohol remains legal and thats a dangerous drug that has no beneficial purposes. Also the government just doesnt wanna lose all the money they make off of pharmaceuticals.

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  • Douglas from Arkansas

    Yessss without it i would still be stuck with depression and if some one else smokes that does not effect you if you dont smoke then thats up to you but dont punish other people for it and it would bring so much money to the goverment and that money can go into our citys and more becouse a bunch of people buy it.

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    Yessss without it i would still be stuck with depression and if some one else smokes that does not effect you if you dont smoke then thats up to you b…

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  • Raquel from New Jersey

    I firmly believe that marijuana should be legalized due to the fact that it helps reduce people’s stress a lot. It is used for medicinal purposes, hence confirming it is nearly harmless. Anyone over the age of 21 who wishes to consume should have the freedom to do so.

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    I firmly believe that marijuana should be legalized due to the fact that it helps reduce people’s stress a lot. It is used for medicinal purposes, hen…

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  • Dan from Utah

    Opens the door for vast medical research and keeps big pharma in check

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  • Mary from South Carolina

    I believe that the federal government should legalize marijuana for a number of reasons. Primarily, because of its widespread usage among multiple generations, all of which continue their usage without regard of it being legal or illegal. If the government were to legalize and tax marijuana, it would stand to make a profit, rather than lose funds in efforts to arrest and detain illegal users. A secondary reason that marijuana should be legalized by the federal government is because a few state governments have already legalized it within their own state or are beginning to take the steps to do so. If marijuana continues to be legalized in select states and not nationally, problematic instances will occur because of attempted smuggling across state boarders as well as the imminent usage in states that still outlaw it. Yet another reason that marijuana should be legalized by the government is the outstanding business and job opportunities it would bring into the United States. A good deal of the marijuana that is used illegally in the US today is foreign, because of its legality status in the majority of states in our country. If it were to be legalized, American producers would stand to make an enormous initial and even sustained profits by growing it domestically. Still another reason is the simple psychological concept that “people want what they can’t have”. The perfect historical example of this concept was the prohibition. Like alcohol, marijuana has continued to be used on a widespread basis despite current illegality. The simple fact that it is “illegal” is reason enough for some people to seek to deal and use it. With a legalized status, marijuana would pose as less of a excludable item and the desire to obtain it could even decrease. In addition, legalizing marijuana would allow opportunities for research to occur and even common knowledge of the substance to be learned and appreciated. Rather than supporting the perception of marijuana as a taboo and a threat, legalizing it would expose its positive and negative qualities for both medicinal and recreational use.

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  • Conner from Indiana

    I think marijuana should be legalized. If alcohol can be legal than marijuana should be too. It has had more positive effects on people than bad. It could also be good for the economy of the United States.

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  • Breyanna from District Of Columbia

    I personally think that marijuana should be legalized; people being arrested just for having such a harmless drug isn’t right especially when they get locked up for more years than someone who murdered someone. Also if it’s not legalized but people still have access to medical marijuana will medical users still be treated as a criminal because they still have marijuana in their system. Legalization is the first step to keep so many people’s lives from being ruined. Then you have to consider big companies; will they turn fire people and turn down people if they automatically have marijuana in their blood stream? Do they technically have the freedom to do so? Legalizing marijuana has to happen but it has to cover multiple outlooks or else it’ll just be a broken policy that hurts more than it helps; a double edge sword.

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  • Kyle from California

    I don’t understand why marijuana is illegal. Marijuana has never caused an overdose in the history of its usage whereas alcohol and tobacco cause a death every 6 seconds for tobacco and 13 for alcohol both of which aren’t illegal. Also, many politicians argue that it’s a gateway drug. When it is less addictive than alcohol, tobacco, and even caffeine which is used in most sodas. Also, Harvard professor Jeffry Myron estimates that America could gain 9 billion dollars from taxing marijuana like we do tobacco and would reduce narcotic spending by 19 billion dollars for a total gain in government funds of 20 billion dollars which could be put towards education, protecting the environment, or even infrastructure to increase job creation. Also, many people argue that it makes you lazy or effects your job performance when some of the most successful people in the world have smoked cannabis including Steve Jobs, President Obama, President Lincoln, President Bush, and Walt Disney. Many also argue that it can’t be regulated because Congress can only regulate trade between the states. The fact of today’s economy is very few things are made in a single state a small coffee shop that makes it’s coffee in California often gets it’s been or it’s coffee maker from somewhere like Pennsylvania giving the federal government the ability to regulate it so for Marijuana if you buy any of the gardening supplies from another state or even in a building built with supplies from another state it can be regulated. Another argument is it will contribute to anarchy when more debilitating drugs(tobacco and alcohol) remain legal. If we keep Cannabis illegal we have to also restrict these as well by this same logic. I hope that the government will legalize and tax Marijuana Bringing in over 20 Billion in revenue and helping thousands who need it medically for it takes the place of several poorer quality prescription drugs.

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  • Cheyenne from Nebraska

    Marijuana is essential to many different kinds of people. It can help people with mental diseases such as depression or bipolar disorder, it has been shown that Marijuana can help calm down people and also help with triggers. Marijuana could be a good thing for a lot of people, we would of course need to have it legalized with a certain amount to allowed and there has to be an age limit. There are millions of people using it anyways and we stop wasting our time arresting people that do or possess Marijuana and focus on other topics as well.

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  • Charlie from Georgia

    Minorities are disproportionately harmed by laws that criminalize marijuana: according to the ACLU, black people “are 3.73 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession” even though marijuana use is “roughly equal” among blacks and whites. This is clearly problematic. I understand that marijuana decriminalization and/or legalization can negatively impact communities if usage rates increase as a result, but remember that alcohol prohibition, largely considered a failure, was undertaken for many of the same reasons marijuana was ostensibly criminalized in the 1990s. Certainly, alcoholism has not disappeared since prohibition ended in 1933, but that doesn’t mean alcohol should be illegal. The same should apply to marijuana. Although marijuana abuse will probably be an issue for many years to come, society must confront it through public health campaigns, not through racially biased arrests.

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  • alex from Indiana

    Marijuana has multiple properties including medical benefits and also could be used as a alternate fuel source the stalk could be used for clothing and legalization of cannabis could also fix our countries deficit state by state

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  • Peter from South Carolina

    How many people have died from weed? 0, it’s only illegal because big Parma can’t make money on it.

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  • Jonathan from Alabama

    I think it would help in getting the United states out of debt. It helps with so many sickness.

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  • Jennifer from Texas

    Everytime we try to ban something from the people they’ve ended up doing anything in their power to obtain it. For example during the 1920s they did the prohibition of alcohol to reduce crime, health, hygiene, tax burdens,etc. Most people didn’t listen as usually and did it secretly they would make an uncover business and sell it under the counter. I brought this up because it relates to this problem today with marijuana. Once you tell someone not to do something their most likely to do it. If we were to able to llegalize it we could reduce health and well tax them, so we would be able to get money out of it. It will provide a better quality of marijuana then to what they buy in the streets.

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  • Carson from New Jersey

    I don’t believe that the federal government should legalize marijuana nationwide. However, I believe it to be an issue of states’ rights. Certain states and their residents have decided that the legalization of recreational marijuana is something that they want to introduce into their lifestyle.

    Marijuana has been illegal nationwide for my whole life, and I understand the stigma against its legalization. But marijuana affects a person’s brain similarly to alcohol, and therefore it can be regulated similarly. Marijuana is also a taxable substance, and can provide additional revenue for state governments to support their programs. The state of Colorado was one of the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use, and since then they have observed a decline in deaths caused by opioids.

    Decriminalization of marijuana also allows these states to decrease their prison population, and alleviate the issues of overcrowding and violence in prisons. The states can save money from their valuable budgets by legalizing marijuana. It costs over $60,000 to incarcerate a prisoner for one year, and if criminals locked up on marijuana-related offenses are released, it could save a state millions of dollars that can be put toward other programs.

    The bottom line is, while I don’t support the outright legalization of marijuana at the national level, I believe it should be up to the citizens of each state to decide how they want to live their lives. There are pros and cons to be found on each side of the debate, but at its core, this is an issue for the states to decide.

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  • Ross from North Carolina

    Marijuana, otherwise known as the cannabis plant, is essential for some illnesses that can’t be cured by any other drug. For example, a federal judge recently ruled that an 11-year-old girl was allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes in order to help her seizure disorder. There are millions of children and adults alike who need marijuana to help with their various ailments. In addition to health benefits, if the US legalizes marijuana then marijuana crimes will go down, keeping people out of our prisons, allowing taxes to decrease as a result. If less people are in prison, we’re not paying money to keep them incarcerated, which decreases taxes, which makes more people satisfied with the government.

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  • Wayne from Alabama

    Marijuana is a plant! It’s a plant that has many benefits, benefits like, it has been proven to kill cancer cells, it’s good for relieving pain, it will help with sleep deprivation, it will help with nausea and vomiting to name a few on the medical side. Which in return means that it could replace numerous prescription drugs that harm and kill people every day. It can be used to make all types of everyday items such as, cloth, paper, plastics, resins and just about anything else you use wood to make. That means you can replace millions of acres of nature with just hundreds of acres of marijuana for the same resources, because marijuana grows faster than trees. But in my opinion, the number 1 reason that marijuana should be legalized is because it’s a plant; tomatoes, roses, oak trees, pine trees, tulips or even popy are not illegal.SO WHY IS MARIJUANA?

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  • Todd from South Carolina

    It’s no worse than beer on our society a whole.

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  • Aliyah from Texas

    Well, let’s think about it. Marijuana is the new alcohol. We had regulations on alcohol, it was basically Illegal. People illegally smuggled alcohol because they enjoyed it, much in common with marijuana. If the United States wants to get rid of drug violence that has anything to do with marijuana, make it legal. It’s like the concept of supply and demand. Since marijuana isn’t easily accessible, everyone wants it. No one will have a reason to illegally sell it because it’s just like a cigarette and you don’t have drug wars over tobacco because it’s already legal. Make marijuana illegal and you cut off half of the drug rates in the country.

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  • Trysten from North Dakota

    One of the biggest threats to the american people right now is the opiod epidemic. Thousands of normal, everyday citizens are succumbing to the addictive and destructive effects of opiods. Marijuana could be part of the solution to this epidemic. It offers natural, non addictive, and safe pain relief to those who need it. If marijuana were to be legalized it could cut the number of opiod related deaths in half or even more. Legalized marijuana could also further decline opiod related deaths because it will slow down the profits that drug cartels make through selling marijuana illegally. If cartels don’t make as much money they wont have the funds to smuggle illegal and extremely dangerous opiods, like heroin, into the United States.

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  • Gavin from South Carolina

    Cannabis is a medicine

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  • Scott from Colorado

    The American people should be able to do literally anything they will to their bodies. Harmful or no, the government should not withhold anything from the American people.

    Not only would the permission of legalization of marijuana help many that have conditions such as epilepsy, but even for recreation by legalizing this drug the supply would be partitioned by the government, and not cartels. This gives a more widely trusted supply that the demand can be fulfilled for. Thereby eliminating the war on drugs due to economic concepts, and libertarian based views.

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  • Christian from Texas

    Cannabis is the greatest thing that could ever happen to humanity

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  • Shelby from Indiana

    I think marijuana should be legal because the good outweighs the bad. There are many benefits that come from the use of marijuana. It has been found to help with chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety and has been proven to help chemotherapy patients with nausea and vomiting. Marijuana has also been proven to help PTSD symptoms, such as depression, nightmares, and anger or aggression. There has been no of verified reports of death from the use of marijuana.
    If marijuana was legalized and was to be sold legally, I feel as if there should be restrictions, just as there are with cigarettes and alcohol. Marijuana has been known as a “gateway drug”, and leads to the use of other substances, although that may not be true. According to Dr. Oz, marijuana may be used as an “exit drug” to get people out of the narcotic epidemic. Like I said, the good outweighs the bad when it comes to the legalization of marijuana.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2017/09/19/dr-oz-says-medical-marijuana-could-help-solve-opioid-addiction/#665f64cf4219

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  • Summer from Missouri

    The push for legalized marijuana, both medicinal and recreational, is a progression in the right direction. That being said, I believe there should be boundaries set up to protect everyone. Inhibitors such as alcohol have an age restriction as well as specific regulations that prevent people from hurting themselves and others. Obviously these laws are broken, rather frequently, but those that break them are punished accordingly. Many citizens believe in the medicinal properties of marijuana and deserve to have the accessibility to the products they trust and use without the risk of being wrongfully punished.

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  • Benjamin from Pennsylvania

    It’s the moral imperative to return rights to citizens who have been stripped of them unjustifiably.

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  • Tim from Florida

    end the drug war if people want to do drugs let them… but when those worthless heroine addicts od let them die stop wasting narcann on the same people. One shot one save then your fucked

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  • Daniel from Indiana

    Beyond the cost for people who use marijuana we have to consider two things, one if they bear the cost shouldn’t they take the decision? Like smoking? And second, even if you think not to te first, what is the cost of keeping it illegal? How many people the government has to keep in jail (fed and housed) as well as policemen that could be chasing robbers and murders? Additionally, what is the lost tax revenue of keeping it illegal? All so consenting individuals don’t do something that won’t even kill them but that they do anyway although it is illegal? This is why I support legalization of marijuana at the federal level.

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  • Stephen from Indiana

    Based on what I have researched from the websites given to me, I believe that marijuana should be legalized on a federal scale for both recreational and medical use. The legalization of marijuana has and will bring in billions of dollars from tax for the government, based on research in cannabis sales in recent years. Speaking on medical levels, legalizing marijuana will massively help many patients deal with pain, muscle spasms, and other involuntary reactions. Marijuana becoming accessible to the public will increase crime rates, but other drugs are already becoming bigger like alcohol, as its effects and crimes can be much worse; like drunk driving which already causes thousands of deaths a year.

    Looking from the “no” perspective, reading a lot of the people’s comments I am noticing a pattern. A lot of the people are talking about how it will be abused and overused, as if this was not a problem already. Take this situation for example: A mother tells a child to not take a cookie from a jar, but leaves the jar with a lid on it on the kitchen table. The child is not allowed to have it but will want the cookie (drug) much more. If you were to not tell the kid about the jar itself, and just always have the cookie jar there with the lid on (the lid being age restriction laws, tax and other limitation laws) the child will be less likely to want the drug because it isn’t as tempting to the child. That is my rendition on how it already is abused and overused and we can only limit that amount.

    “Medical Marijuana.” WebMD, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/pain-
    management/features/medical-marijuana-uses.

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    Waldrop, Theresa. “Californians line up to legally buy recreational pot.” CNN, Cable News
    Network, 2 Jan. 2018, http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/01/us/california-marijuana-sales/index.html

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  • Tom from Wyoming

    I’ve been off medications for depression, sleep, and pain for about 8 years now and have used cannabis as a replacement. I know what’s in it and it makes me a functional human being. Plus the side effects for my depression isn’t more depression and rectal bleeding.

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  • Tinovimbanashe from Indiana

    I think Marijuana should be legalized but to also have limits with it. If people want to smoke and get high then that’s their choice and not ours to make. It’s just like alcohol. You have to be a certain age to use it and you give people the opportunity to use it and hope they don’t abuse it. There are people already illegally using it so if America can tax it and make more money that would be good for them. You can also regulate it if you do make it legal. Jobs will be created by the legalization of marijuana.

    Marijuana also has medical uses where it can be beneficiary. Marijuana can relieve stress and pain. Cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma are some medical conditions that can be helped by marijuana. Seizures can also be helped by marijuana, which is scientifically proven. If we were to legalize Marijuana we could do more research and find out the goods and bad’s of it. Just imagine the things that could happen. We could end up finding the cure for cancer or get closer. We could help cure diseases and make major breakthroughs with Weed. We just have to use it correctly and ANYTHING can be good if you’re looking for the positives.

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  • J from South Dakota

    The prohibition of it has been a failure for the get go. Inflating the prison population to exorbitant amount. While we make up 1/5 of the world population we have 25% of all the incarnated people around the world behind our walls. It simple math really.

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  • collin from Kentucky

    I think Marijuana should be legalized atleast medically on the federal level and state by state level. Medically, marijuana is a anti depressant, anxiety medicine, and other disabiliteies such as mental disease (example: PTSD) Those that are in need of it medically should be able to recieve their medicine as if it was any other form of medicine. Opiods, which is the highest prescribed drug for anything from pain to depression is one of the highest leading causes of death in the world. Alcohol is as well and marijuna has only 1 reported death, which wasnt even directly linked due to the marijuna and there is no way to tell if the drug was the cause of the death. Many people directly assume marijuana is a gate way drug as well. While it certainly can be, it is unethical to generalize it as a gate way drug due to its different affects on people. All people are different, adn drugs and medicne affect everyone in a different way. Cigs are legal, but whos to say cigs arent a gate way drug (the buzz from the cig) to harder drugs for those searching a harder deeper buzz or “high”. While I do feel like it should be regulated more, the sale of and legalization of marijuana would decrease the amount of blackmarket trades of marijuna as the legalization of it would decrease its street value to a degree where those who are selling it would have to stop do to loss of profit. While there is no stopping kids/ underadged kids from doing drugs or drinking alcohol (as it is normalized in our society today), there is a way to protect the kids to some degree, as by making it legal and regulated, the possible drugs the kids would be recieving have a reduced risk of being mixed with other harder drugs which could lead to a higher degree of addiction to other drugs such as heroin, or fentanyl.

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  • Stacey from Kentucky

    I believe that marijuana can be beneficial in some ways when used correctly. I think if it is legalized it could help with some medical issues and help some more than it can harm them. However, I know that it can have harmful and lasting effects when it may have the chance of being laced with something. I think that with the correct use it could become more safe and be more of a positive impact. Although, this issue may be able to go both ways this is my opinion of it.

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  • Maddie from Kentucky

    I believe that marijuana should be legalized for many reasons. My first reason, and probably most important reason has to do with regulation. Currently, you must get marijuana from a random drug dealer off the street without knowing whether or not the drug is laced with anything else. If marijuana was legalized, companies that produce marijuana could make sure that their product is not laced with anything that could potentially harm the consumer or cause a new and more dangerous addiction. It is a fact that nobody has ever overdosed from marijuana alone. Also, science has shown that there are many medicinal benefits to marijuana which I believe could help many Americans who struggle with many different illnesses such as Arthritis, Epilepsy, and even cancer. Lastly, I think that the legalization of marijuana could lead to addicts feeling more comfortable about coming forward and getting help. Many drug addicts of all kinds never reach out for help because they are scared they will get arrested for their illegal actions. If marijuana was legalized, those who struggle with an addiction to it would feel safer getting help because they know there would be no possible way to get into legal trouble. For all of these reasons, I think the legalization of marijuana would be an overall positive choice.

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  • Elizabeth from Kentucky

    I do think that the federal government should legalize marijuana, but it should come with restrictions and regulations, just as alcohol does. First, if marijuana were to become legalized, it would benefit the government and the economy because of how it would be taxed. Also, many studies have shown the benefits of medical marijuana for a patient that may be suffering from symptoms of a disability or illness, such as cancer. Although the issue of recreational marijuana would arise, regulations could be formed to ensure the user’s safety and the safety of those around them, just as there is the age restriction of 21 for alcohol usage. People use marijuana today so whether it is legalized or not does not necessarily change that. If it were to become legalized though, it would allow some freedom but also provide regulations for safety issues.

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  • Quentin from Kentucky

    Having people safe would be nice. I am not the type of person who drinks or consumes any substances bad for our sanity. However, I can tell what kind of effects these liquids or smells can have on a person. Plus its not really worth it to fight over a plant just because it is expensive. At least give it to someone with more sure hands like a famous doctor with good feedback.

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    I think the federal government should legalize marijuana for various reasons. If the federal government legalizes marijuana it could cause there to be less traces of other worse drugs. It would draw less attention to other who use marijuana, similarly to alcohol, eventually lowering the number of users. I believe if it is legalized people will be more likely to stop using harder drugs that are illegal because it would be easier for them to get marijuana if it is legal. Legalizing marijuana may also cause less problems in airports and crossing state lines.

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  • Sean from Kentucky

    I believe marijuana should be legal in the same way that alcohol is. It obviously would need lots of regulations and a minimum age to use the drugs. Marijuana has many more benefits than negative side-effects. Marijuana just as alcohol does not make people make bad decisions, it does not change who people are. However, if marijuana is legalized, it people should not be able to use it and do things like drive or handle machinery as it could cause many bad things to happen. Many people already use marijuana illegally so if it became legal these people would not have to worry about getting arrested for something that many people believe should be legal.

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  • Stefanie from Florida

    Marijuana should be legalized for many reasons. To begin with, it decreases in drug-related drug violence and allows police and courts to focus on more violent crimes. In my opinion, if they are more focused on more violent crimes our society would be less violent. Also availability of medicinal cannabis, it has been proven that it treats “untreatable” conditions such as migraines, cancer, PTSD, epilepsy, etc. Marijuana helps our society and many more ways so why not legalize and take advantage of its help?

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  • Angelina from Wyoming

    People who are suffering from things like epilepsy, Parkinson’s, anxiety, cancer, and a number of other things should have the right to have some relief and marijuanna can provide that.

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  • kayla from New Jersey

    Marijuana should be legal because it can create jobs and decrease unnsesscary arresst.

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  • Leslie from Texas

    I said this below, addressed to another comment, but, I decided it’d probably be better off up here as well where it’s actual viewable and can recieve criticism:

    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’ (marijuana) 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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  • Derik from North Carolina

    It only makes sense to end the prohibition on marijuana. This natural herb needs to be legalized federally to help against the opioid problem. Also the possible legal taxation could be used to fund schools and pay teachers what they deserve.

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  • Kyle from Wisconsin

    Cannabis legalization is a must in the comming future, the potives greatly outweigh the negatives. Cannabis has been proven to be more effective then any lab made medicine for a large range of illnessess. Also Unlike the legal drugs alcohol/tabbaco which has thousands of deaths yearly and causes harm to people around the user, cannabis has never sparked violence nor has anyone ever overdosed nor does it cause any harm to anyone around the user. Not to meantion all states that have moved forward with legalization had seen decreases in violent crimes, opioid addiction, and believe it or not youth use has gone down. Cannabis being illegal is completely unconstitutional based off all he evidence that is in plain sight.

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  • Michael from Kentucky

    Yes because marijuana relieves stress and anxiety. Weed is not considered a gate way drug anymore according to D.A.R.E. and it is basically impossible to die from it unless you do stupid things under the influence. Alcohol is way worse than marijuana and 88,000 deaths are caused by alcohol, while no one has died from over-smoking pot. Marijuana is not going to make you turn crazy and actually could calm some people down. It can be helpful to relax after a very stressful day or it could be used on a social aspect, to laugh and have good times with your friends. This could also be successful for our government and they could make more money. I believe many people would start buying marijuana and our country would endorse a lot more money. The states that legalized marijuana are on track to gain 655 million in state taxes by the retail sales, which is a lot more than alcohol taxes. This money could be used to enhance our military, help our debt, or make our cities better so we can bring in more people and more sales.

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  • michael from Kentucky

    I think the Federal Government should legalize marijuana. If we look at all the states that legalized it in some way, there are about 29 including DC and growing. Which DC is where the president is and where we regulate laws, marijuana is recreational there. Other reasons for legalizing it is that there are no deaths from it, The government classifies it as a schedule 1 drug with heroin and it doesn’t kill anyone and has proven health benefits, that doesn’t that make any sense. If we look at the war on drugs its pretty much useless because its just ruining many peoples lives for the small amount they own. It is using alot of our money and if we legalize it it will save the country around 8 billion dollars due to less people in jail and less police officers in use. We should regulate marijuana like alcohol and tobacco. There are no proven data that Marijuana is a gateway drug, Marijuana is the most used (drug) and you cant prove that people are using harder drugs becasue it is the most used ou cant prove it.

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  • Ethan from Kentucky

    yes, I believe that marijuana should be legalized by the federal government. Marijuana is considered a gateway drug because it is illegal. When someone experiences an illegal substance and sees this substance as not very harmful, than this could lead to a mentallity that their must be other illegal substances that are ok. Marijuana has many benefits for people undergoing chemotherapy, chronic pain, and muscle spasms.

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    yes, I believe that marijuana should be legalized by the federal government. Marijuana is considered a gateway drug because it is illegal. When someon…

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  • Evan from Kentucky

    Marijuana is proven to be less harmful for people to use, when compared to cigarettes and other inhalants. It also has a lot of medical uses, such as treating Glaucoma and stop cancerous cells from spreading. Actually, studies have shown that using Marijuana can reverse the negative effects of tobacco on lungs.

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  • josh from Kentucky

    I don’t really care, if they legalize it or not, but if they do it would help, because they could tax it. There would have to be regulations on it, because people can’t drive high. It would be the same as drunk driving, you can’t be under the influence while you are driving. I think companies would regulate it too, because they cant have people high, and working for them. If it was a construction company, the guy running the 300,000 dollar excavator, cant be high, because it would not be safe. He could cause an accident.

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  • Chris from Kentucky

    Yes, the government should legalize marijuana. This is because marijuana is one of the least problematic drugs and has some importance. It can be used in the medical field to help patients and it can help relax and calm people with his stress and anxiety. Legalizing marijuana would also help to lessen the amounts of people getting arrested for possession or usage and that would cause the numbers in prisons to drop significantly. Also the government could legalize marijuana but still have laws that allowed for people to use it while also making sure that they use it responsibly and away from people who do not care for it.

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    • Shelby from Indiana

      I agree 100%

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  • Evan from Kentucky

    Marijuana, compared to alcohol and tobacco, is a relatively harmless drug. There has been relatively few deaths linked to marijuana, less than ten deaths a year I believe. The legalization of marijuana will also cause a cutback on drug smuggling and other illegal activities linked to the production and selling of marijuana. It should just be regulated like any other substances and be treated like alcohol and tobacco is.

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  • Melanie from Kentucky

    Yes, I think that the government should legalize marijuana because it has positive effects on illness. Those who grow and sell medical marijuana make a lot of money and in some states colleges are teaching students how to grow medical marijuana. However, I do see the down sides to legalizing marijuana such as the reckless driving, but police can take action against those driving recklessly. For those reasons, I believe there should be some sort of regulation on the use.

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  • Malia from Kentucky

    Whether marijuana is used recreationally or medically, the rise of its consumption continues to skyrocket. Instead of viewing the drug as harmful or dangerous to society, we should acknowledge the opportunity to take the profits away from the drug cartels and smugglers and use this booming industry to benefit the American economy. The drug is only dangerous if it is laced. With government regulation, we can improve the safety of this drug and use it to benefit society.

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  • Faith from Kentucky

    Many people use marijuana for health reasons. This could be a problematic situation because it is a drug but there are many other drugs that could be a huge problem. This drug can be used to relieve pain and if given by doctors, you know that there will be no harm. People can do stupid things when high, but that is their fault. If anything, legalize marijuana as a medical prescription only.

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  • Greg from Kentucky

    I think the recreational use of marijuana should be legal. I believe this because the government would be able to tax the marijuana and help to pay taxes, which could possibly lower personal taxes. Marijuana is barely safer than other drugs, making it a healthier stress reliever for people. While I do believe it should be legal, I believe it should be heavily regulated just as alcohol is, and people still should not be able to operate machinery under the influence. It should also still be illegal to use marijuana in public, just as it is illegal to drink alcohol in public.

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  • Austin from California

    1st of all it grows from the ground and it holds seeds, its a great remedy for pain, sleep apnea, nausea, and many more. Living in Texas myself and in California has opened my eyes to both sides of a political party, and i have alot of conservative view points also some liberal. It says it in the name Conservative (to yourself) they dont open their eyes to new ideas that were once very reckless in society. Once a person is educated by actual fact and actually trys it they can see it is way safer then any drug known to man. One more thing i want to cover is the economy. Millions are made by a single state just from marijuana sales. Imagine all 50 states raking in millions more just in a year. If i was Trump id go that route go down as the best economicly wise president in our modern day if ever.

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  • Joshua from North Carolina

    The prohibition of marijuana has cost the United States government upwards of $1 trillion dollars (FOX NEWS) and created a black market in which gangs and cartels have prospered. The legizlation if marijuana would save tax payers millions while introducing a new revenue scheme that would generate $13.7 billion per year (Huffington Post) if taxed in a similar way to alcohol and tabacco; at the same time, allowing the legal purchase of marijuana would be a major blow to cartels as a black market is no longer nessecary when a product is legally available, and people will be safer as they can rely on a certain quality of product, in contrast to cheap laced weed sold on the black market.

    However, legalizing pot isn’t just an economic issue – it’s a health issue. Every year, alcohol kills 100,000 people (CDC), and tabacco kills 480,000 people a year (CDC), not including the 41,000 deaths from second hand smoke. How many people overdose on marijuana a year? 0. How many people have ever overdosed on marijuana? 0. Marijuana is safer than alcohol and tobacco, and it has been used as a medicine dating back to 2700 B.C and some Chinese emperors have been found buried with the plant. Marijuana is safer than the socially accepted drugs, alcohol and tobacco, yet society still tends to view marijuana as “extreme” and dangerous.

    Of course, addiction is a big topic. If you consume alcohol, you have a 15% chance of becoming addicted. For marijuana, the chance of addiction is 9%. That’s 6% less than alcohol.

    “Marijuana is a gateway drug.” I’ve heard this, you’ve heard this, we’ve all heard this before. We’ve all heard this so much that society has accepted the gateway hypothesis as a fact, while in reality this has been disproven. Researchers have backed up marijuana leading to harder drugs simply through correlation, which does not imply causation. The gateway hypothesis can be disproven with two simple points, both taken from a memo addressed to the DHS. 1) More than half of American adults have tried Cannabis (CDC), and they have not progressed to harder drugs. In 2009, 2.3 million people reported trying pot while only 180,000 tried heroin (Times). 2) In a report by the Journal of the American Medical Association, opiate and heroin deaths decreased by 33% following the legalization of marijuana. The problem marijuana users face is that dealers often attempt to push other drugs on them.

    Saying that people who smoke marijuana will go on to harder drugs is equivalent to saying that people who drink alcohol or smoke tobacco will do harder drugs. Actually, alcohol and tobacco have been proven to be the first drugs tried, before marijuana, prior to major drug use.

    The social stigma is changing. As Willie Nelson once said, “The worst thing you can do with marijuana is get caught with it.”

    Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule 1 drug which means it has no medicinal value. This is simply false as marijuana has widely accepted medicinal properties. Marijuana was originally classified a schedule 1 drug under the Nixon administration AGAINST the advice of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. America has attempted a scare tactic when it comes to drugs, which has not definitely not worked, in face of the rising opiate epidemic. The legalization of marijuana provides a safer alternative and decreases opiate deaths. In Portugal, they decriminalized every single drug; as a result, drug related deaths decreased dramatically. To put this in perspective, Portugal has three drug-induced deaths per million people while the USA has 185 deaths per million. (NYT)

    This drug cures veterans of their PTSD, cures cancer, and makes you feel good. With very limited negative effects, I see no reason that the government does not legalize marijuana.

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  • Jason from Kansas

    Yes no excuse not to

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  • Alex from Iowa

    I did a research project on marijuana and the effects it has on the people and the country, and the effect it could have in disease, the economy, and depression alone out weigh the bad things about it so much

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  • Charlez from Tennessee

    I benefit from cannabis and many others do also. So it should be legal around the world.

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  • Skyler from Texas

    Pro choice

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  • Trevor from Indiana

    Marijuana legalization is a difficult and polarizing topic due to the fact that there are connections, be them real or perceived, between marijuana usage and crime. Despite these concerns, there are indeed reasonable reasons to legalize marijuana, including lessened stress on the prison system, fewer dangers from underregulation, and plentiful economic benefits.

    Firstly, legalization would reduce stress on the prison system greatly. Although some feel that legalization creates a gateway to a life of crime, there are a large number of incarcerated Americans that have committed only marijuana possession, and were not involved in the drug’s sale or distribution. In fact, about 88% of arrests related to marijuana were on the grounds of possession only (White). Since the American prison system is costly to operate, this is a massive waste of government funds. Additionally, incarcerating those persons that experimented as little as once with a drug could, in my opinion, set them up for further life challenges and more severe substance abuse in the future.

    Also, regulation of recreational marijuana is lacking when the drug is used illegally. As use is already widespread, there are several problems with regard to safety. When the drug is sold on the black market, there are no checks to ensure the buyer is receiving what he ordered. There are no checks for contaminants, and there are no checks for tainted products. Government inspectors aren’t involved in illegal drug production as they are with food production, so these are real risks that could be avoided by legitimate government sale channels. While some feel that street violence would increase with legalization, it follows that conflicts within the trade are often handled by criminals in an unjust manner. Legalization would allow fair trials and inspections, leading to both safer product and safer streets.

    Lastly, there are major economic gains to be had from legalization of marijuana. Colorado has been able to collect over 500 million dollars of tax revenue since 2014 (Smith). This has extreme market potential, and would allow all U. S. state economies to grow by legitimizing an economy that has always existed underground. The funds that the government gains could go towards education programs in schools that dissuade students from using marijuana (“Legality of Cannabis”). In fact, the savings would be huge ― the FBI and border security could save billions (Deborah), and I believe that we would finally be able to see a reprieve from drug violence along the Mexican border that affects both Mexican and American civilians.
    Overall, there are legitimate reasons to be concerned with the long-disputed legalization of marijuana. However, marijuana should still be legalized, because the benefits of legalization would come full circle to improve prisons, provide protections for existing marijuana users, and boost the US economy to aid other important areas of law enforcement.

    For reference on consulted works, see this Wikipedia article: “Legality of Cannabis”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legality_of_cannabis, this more formal source: Deborah White. https://www.thoughtco.com/pros-and-cons-legalizing-marijuana-3325521, and finally this more recent article: Aaron Smith. http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/19/news/colorado-marijuana-tax-revenue/index.html

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  • Brian from Alaska

    I firmly believe that cannabis has medicinal properties that can limit to even stop the symptoms of parkenson’s, epileptic seizures, and even symptoms of multiple scularosis. I also think that the state tax on the revenue of the sales of cannabis will take a lot of pressure off budgetting for funding for school districts. In some states they will be able to lower income tax or property tax, because of high state revenue from the tax on cannabis. I also think that when the industry is in full swing that it will employ up to 250,000 people, which is pretty amazing from if you stop to think about it. There is so much opportunity for the federal government and state government from the revenue that its hard to argue not passing it.

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  • Andrew from West Virginia

    This is 2018 and we all know the facts about medical marijuana, industrial hemp, cannabis oil, Biodegradable hemp plastics, tax revenue, lower substance abuse rates, the war on drugs that is only about money and control, and the fact that the benefits far outweigh the alternative and that we are even having this debate is ridiculous!

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  • Peyton from Kansas

    Legalization has more benefits than harms. People are smoking weed in America. Big surprise. Legalizing marijuana means the gov. can tax and regulate it. Its happening already instead of complaining about it the gov should use it to their advantage. And with legalizing american tax payers SAVE money from police being able to use their time fighting real criminals and we save money from having actual criminals in jail vs. the thousands of marijuana users. Sure, marijuana has terrible side effects. But just like alcohol legalization this does not mean people can drive under the influence or use underage. Plus, people are already using marijuana like I said before. Adding laws to make it on the same level as alcohol means we have more control over it. That benefit out weighs any opposing view benefit.

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  • Olivia from Kansas

    It is important to note that long-term use of marijuana doesn’t have a lot of scientific research. On the contrary, there is plenty of research on short-term use. The majority of data on short-term use supports that reasonable use of marijuana doesn’t have negative effects on health. Furthermore, there are a lot of people currently use marijuana illegally. Legalizing marijuana will save the government money when it comes to incarceration. It will also allow users to be safer, as legalization has led to fewer reported incidents of “laced” marijuana. Federal and state governments can also receive revenue by taxing the drug as a “sinful” or “luxury” tax (similar to alcohol). As long as marijuana falls under DUI/DWI enforcement, there is not a logical reason to not legalize marijuana.

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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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  • 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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    • Sydney from Colorado

      I would have to agree with you. If we legalize marijuana and put on a tax on it, all of that money could go towards things so that it can be used to fix problems. For example, in Colorado anticipated $70 million in marijuana tax collections per year. In Washington after a slow start sales are now averaging over $2 million a day with revenue possibly reaching $270 million per year. If all states legalized and taxed marijuana, states could collectively expect to raise between $5 billion and $18 billion per year.

      Source: https://taxfoundation.org/marijuana-tax-legalization-federal-revenue/

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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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  • Jeanette from Kansas

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

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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
    resources/overdose/many-people-die-prescription-drugs

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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 p…

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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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  • 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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    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 o…

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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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    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…

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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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    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 pe…

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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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    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 i…

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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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    I personally believe that marijuana should be legalized, because it can provide mostly good things for the people, and even the economy. Marijuana can…

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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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    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 regu…

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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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    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…

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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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    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 sa…

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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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      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 die…

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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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    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 r…

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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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    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’…

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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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      I agree that the legalization of marijuana is not only beneficial for our country economically but also medically and socially. Without the threat of …

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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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    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 si…

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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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    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 sup…

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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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    • Summer from Missouri

      Does that mean marijuana will start more 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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    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 so…

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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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  • Kyle from New York

    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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  • Chey from Indiana

    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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    • jamison from Washington

      i think marijuana should not be legal for recreational use because it can mess with peoples state of mind and makes it harder to get a job so more people will need benefits and

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    • Carmelo from Michigan

      I think this is right on with why Marijuana should not be legalized in the states

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  • Katherine from Massachusetts

    Marijuana is still an addictive drug, whether the government legalizes it or not. Dr. Drew Pinsky, who has been working on the subject of drug addiction of years, states that “Of the 7.3 million persons aged 12 or older classified with illicit drug dependence or abuse in 2012, 4.3 million persons had marijuana dependence or abuse.” Although I agree that marijuana does have its medicinal benefits, if the drug were available to a majority of Americans, who don’t have the supervision of a knowledgeable doctor, a simple smoke could lead to lifelong addiction. Under the influence of drug addiction, consequences follow. Take the city of Amsterdam as an example. Unlike the belief that marijuana will actually reduce crime rate, they’ve found that crime rates have been significantly higher around coffeehouses where marijuana is sold. Not only crime rates, but an addiction to this drug makes the possibility of dangers while driving higher than they already are as well. Furthermore, not only are the lives of other Americans in jeopardy, the use of marijuana can harm the smoker as well. As discussed earlier, making marijuana easily accessible to a vast majority of Americans will lead to inappropriate use of the drug, due to inexperience and/or irresponsibility. When not used appropriately, marijuana does not do its job as a stress reliever, but rather increases levels of stress and anxiety, as well as take away intelligence. The American Medical Association states that “Heavy cannabis use… causes persistent impairments in neurocognitive performance and IQ, and use is associated with increased rates of anxiety, mood and psychotic thought disorders.” This decrease of productive behavior will lead to negative consequences, such as a job loss, a lack of interest in relationships, and countless others. Marijuana does have its benefits and uses, but a federal legalization of the drug gives Americans who are irresponsible or inexperienced easy access to it, leading to numerous negative ramifications.

    Sources:
    http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/16/opinion/bennett-keep-pot-illegal/index.html?hpt=op_r1
    http://rightwingnews.com/crime/amsterdam-shows-the-futility-of-legalizing-drugs/
    http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/marijuana/behind-the-smoke-screen.html

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    • Johnny from Washington

      Weed is not a chemically addictive drug like nicotine, addiction souly depends on the user. The only reason it was criminalized in the first place was to discriminate against Hispanic minorities in the early 1900s . Then when it was brought to Nixon’s attention that the drug is basically harmless, he re-criminalised it for no reason whatsoever. The fact is that if your brain is still developing (approx 25 and under) weed can cause loss of brain cells and short term memory but if your brain is fully developed it’s literally harmless. I suggest if you fell this passionately about drugs you should focus your attention on alcohol or tobacco.

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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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    • Anna from Arkansas

      But there’s the problem with your argument. Your best reason against legalizing marijuana is that those who use it often use it in an immature way. However, is it the government’s job to make people behave in a mature way? Of course not! If someone under the influence of marijuana causes harm to people and/or property, then the government can put them in jail, for that is a crime. However, if the government tries to prevent crime before it happens, then innocent people get hurt. The government’s job is to punish any crimes that have occurred – not crimes that might occur.

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    • Lissette from Texas

      if in fact people use it to escape reality is that really a bad thing? some of these people go through tough times within their life and in order to relieve stress they smoke marijuana then so be it, after all its better than them clinging to some other awful drug that will force them to do things that are not in their character. Marijuana simply calms you down as for other drugs like cocaine, it changes your brain it changes how you think and how you do things.

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    • Elaina from Florida

      Do you think alcohol should be considered a criminalized substance due to the fact that, “People use it to escape reality and it can affect their work performance” ?

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    • katelynn from California

      Though I understand where you are coming from, some people cannot preform their jobs or interact in daily life without marijuana. With the decriminalization of marijuana, we would see a drop in drug related murders. The government could instead control this substance in a way to help people and return money into the economy. Instead of spending millions of dollars on putting away marijuana users, we could use that funding for schools, or even for criminals with much worse charges. In my opinion, we are hurting people who use marijuana to ease symptoms of horrible medical circumstances or disease by not decriminalizing this medicinal plant.

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    • Todd from South Carolina

      Regarding your statement , it sounds like you are talking about beer, wine, and other such “drugs”.

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    • Patrick from Indiana

      So does that mean that we should make other things that can affect performances of people illegal? For example, should we make smoking and drinking illegal? They both affect work performances negatively and is why they are banned from being present in many working environments. They are still legal to use for recreational purposes but are regulated by the states which is what we should do with legalized weed.

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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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  • 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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    • Nicole from California

      Although Marijuana hasn’t been well researched and may lead to bodily harm, it is mild in comparison to heroin. Alcohol similarly leads to negative effects but is still legal. I feel that marijuana can be dangerous if not restricted to an extent but it is unnecessary to send users to prison, that would only contribute to the overcrowding and underfunding.

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    • Cecilia from New York

      As a reply to Dante, anything smoked into your lungs (especially without a filter) can cause lung cancer. As well as the fact that the effects of marijuana have not been researched enough to accurately tell if it has negative or positive effects. So far, to say the least, there is evidence that smoking pot can lead to schizophrenia and psychosis besides the fact that it makes people less productive. (https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/teens-who-smoke-pot-at-risk-for-later-schizophrenia-psychosis-201103071676)

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    • Kaden from Illinois

      I’m curious to hear what this so called “damage” consists of. The (otherwise illogical) argument that cannabis should not be legalized recreationally because it is “bad for you” is obsolete in this age because your attention should be focused on many other LEGAL substances (tobacco, alcohol, prescription opiates, etc.) that have significantly higher bodily harm rates. Nobody dies from cannabis consumption.

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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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    • Sydney from Colorado

      I see your point of view. If we legalize marijuana then when will we stop cause maybe people want to legalize other drugs since marijuana is legalized but, the reason that the federal government should legalize it because the states are doing it (legalizing marijuana) and no matter what people will keep bringing it (marijuana) into the states.

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    • Elaina from Florida

      Where does what stop? It doesn’t seem to me that people are recklessly advocating for the legalization of marijuana just for the sole purpose of abusing the substance. I would think that the individuals who are backing the federal legalization of marijuana are doing so for a deeper cause, like for the medicinal properties that are kinder to the body(meaning less negative side effects than percription drugs on the market). https://www.attn.com/stories/3609/prescription-drugs-that-can-be-replaced-marijuana

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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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    • maddie from Indiana

      what has caused more lost has been the using of drinking and driving, cigarettes and other type of drugs use. Marijuana has the chance to save live which really important, marijuana hasn’t caused any death.

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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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  • Patrick from Virginia

    I don’t think the government should legalize marijuana because although it has good effects in things it also has bad effects and others will take advantage of it and some people who use it don’t have an idea what’s going on around them and it could be dangerous to society.

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  • Brianna from Missouri

    I believe Marijuana should not be legalized in the US. This drug has more negative effects than positive. For example, teens all over the country is using this drug for relaxation and to help them solve their depression, but it only makes things worse. It affects brain development and physical effects like breathing problems. This drug may make teens better for a little bit, but when time passes it just affects your overall health for the rest of your life.

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  • Trevor from Missouri

    The federal government does not need to legalize it since, its considered a illegial drug although many states use “Medical” Marijuana just legializing Mariguana not medical makes, the drug dealers bigger and a lot more people would be overdosing since, it is legal if the federal government legalizes it. So, obviously, the federal government should not legalize it

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  • Jose from Michigan

    never in life that is bad for the community and more for the children that is a very big risk

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  • Carmelo from Michigan

    I do not think Marijuana should be legal because people tend to overdose and take advantage of things like that. If they allowed it i think people will overdose and possibly kill there self, also i think people will try to sell it. Although Marijuana can give you calmness and help you , it will lead to a addiction that wont go away easily. In people’s minds they will think if one little thing isn’t going right they need marijuana and that’s not right.

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  • Kevin from Texas

    Causes enough problems in legal problems like California

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  • Lauren from Michigan

    I do not think that the government should legalize marijuana because it is a very addictive drug and can cause many problems. Many people get it for the wrong reasons and use it to harm their bodies. It may be necessary for some people, but they can get it from the doctor if they really need it. Many people die from overdosing from marijuana and it can be life-threatening to others.

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  • Hana from Texas

    Marijuana is a very powerful drug. Although it might stop more people from going to jail, its still a bad thing to do. It messes up your brain and can eventually kill you.

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  • Kobe from Florida

    It should not be legal,it should be decrimanilized.If its legal big cooperations will take it and make it just like tabacco.They will put chemicals in the plants when theyre growing and after harvesting.Then also if you make it legal,people will lose their jobs.People who sell on the streets wont make anymore money to help feed themselves or feed their families.Leave it up to the independent growers as well.The guys who actually care about their plants.Who put their time into each plant they grow and treat it with love.Unlike the fedral government who would most likely not care about the quality of the plant itself.

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  • Gabriela from Massachusetts

    The medical disadvantages of marijuana use far outweigh any POTENTIAL advantages. Marijuana causes hallucinations, impaired senses, and is most significantly, a gateway drug to other harmful substances that are injurious to the well being of our society. The legalization of marijuana would allow underage people to have a much higher change of being swindled into purchasing this drug and overall gives them a higher probability of encountering it. Along with alcohol, marijuana is something that can be used to peer pressure people and it is sometimes a means for kids to want to fit in. However, by legalizing this toxic drug, you are increasing the drug trade as a whole in America. The economical and public health impacts far span out from the sale of marijuana; in fact, int increases the entire drug trade, puts kids and adults in risky situations, and has irreparable health affects.

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  • autumn from California

    i really dont think the people in this country need any more help when it comes to facilitating stupid behavior. why would we want to make it easier for people to be idiots?? if we were just talking medicinal purposes, for the sole purpose of helping people through pain and certain treatments and illnesses, that is a whole different issue in which there should be laws in place to ensure people get what they need when they are sick or hurt. however, an in general legalization of a mind altering substance is irresponsible and selfish.

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  • Taylor from Indiana

    I do not believe that marijuana should be legalized because too many people would take advantage of it being legal. Of course it can be used as a medical solution to pain but it will also be used wrongly by people who do not have a need for the reducement of pain. Also, patients who use marijuana as a solution to pain could easily get addicted after their treatment with the marijuana has ended, causing an addiction problem. Not to mention that kids now find a way to obtain marijuana without it being legalized, let alone how much easier it would be to obtain marijuana for recreational purposes if it was legalized.

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  • Savannah from Missouri

    Marijuana should not be legalized. Many people believe that because it isn’t even as harmful as alcohol, it’s fine, But even if the immediate effects of alcohol on your body are worse than that of marijuana, it has been proved that marijuana is a gateway drug. People start with marijuana and then chase that high through other drugs. Once marijuana is legalized, other, more harmful, drugs will be justified as well.

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  • Daniel from California

    Marijuana being illegal is fantastic as it has been shown that it negatively affects the brain despite what many advocates for its legalization says about it. Those who use marijuana without a medical reason simply utilize the drug to escape the reality in which they reside in. As a high school student, I have yet to see someone else re-purpose the illegal substance in a way that would be beneficial. Legalizing the drug would only increase the prevalence of it in the household, thus also increasing the risk of it landing in the hands of a younger member in the family. Marijuana can also be seen as a gateway drug according to various sources such as
    US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. Also legalizing marijuana will not destroy the illegal drug trade at all. Ending Prohibition never made the mobs disappear, instead they went to go on an find something else to illegally trade. The same goes for the cartels across our borders. Marijuana being legalized will only make the cartels trade with something different, perhaps something more dangerous. There is not a single benefit to legalizing marijuana, maybe just the fact you can get yourself distracted from the work you should be doing.

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  • Madeline from New York

    It’s just a petty thing that will only make people lazier than they actually are. Also, the federal government would be taxing so high on it that people would jut continue to buy it illegally which will cause more crime.

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  • Ezekiel from Indiana

    I have chosen to comment on the “no” side. But I would say my opinion is definitely more in the middle. There is one factor you must consider when answering the following question. The question is should the federal government legalize marijuana. The federal government has jurisdiction over the country, while state governments only have jurisdiction over that individual state. Now the thing you must consider is that if the federal government puts out a law, an individual state does not have to comply with this if the state government says otherwise. So you will not get in trouble for carrying marijuana if your state government has made it legal in their state. However if the federal government catches you carrying it you can be arrested, regardless of what the state government says.
    You might see that there are a lot more yes’s than no’s. Scrolling over the yes’s it is very easy to find something in common in all of them. Almost every response for the yes side mentions something about marijuana being used for medical use. Marijuana is not the cure to cancer. In fact, marijuana doesn’t cure anything. It is most commonly used as a pain reliever for medical patients. But it is much better than morphine or other intense drugs they are given. It is ridiculous that patients can take such harsh and painful medicines yet not smoke a little pot to relieve such pain. Unfortunately the public does not want marijuana legalized for this reason. The majority of people want it legalized simply so that they can get high 24/7 with no restrictions.
    Another argument with this is that being high is not as bad as being drunk. This is true. But the extent to this truth is not as grand as one might think. Marijuana is a hallucigen, while alcohol is a depressant. This means that alcohol slows down your reaction time, and marijuana does the same but to less of an extent.
    In general people getting high with no limits doesn’t affect me. So why do I care? It isn’t as dangerous as drunk driving but it is indeed still dangerous. It is scary to imagine people working machinery being high. Drugs commonly ruin lives as well, with people not being able to think straight. This commonly affects their kids, making the situation worse and creating an endless cycle. It can even be something simple such as someone taking your order at a restaurant. How can you count on someone to get your order correct if they are stoned? There maybe even new laws passed or new requirements for smoking while working. Seems like a lot of fuss for no reason.

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  • Bikal from Texas

    The legalization of marijuana as it pertains to recreational use is an entirely separate issue from the legalization of cannabis as medical or homeopathic prescription. The use of cannabis as a medical drug is supported by countless scientific studies and deserves legal recognition as such. However, legislators should be wary of the possible legalization of marijuana as a recreational drug. While medically administered cannabis is commonly in an oil form, marijuana is a dried leaf that one smokes. The drug, like alcohol, is a depressant and carries similar risks. In fact, a recent study on postal workers found that employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more automobile accidents, 85% more injuries and a 75% increase in being absenteeism. (CRC Health) It has also long been observed that students who use marijuana, commonly referred to as “weed”, display significant weaknesses in critical areas of education. The notion of marijuana’s recreational legality and the wide dissemination of marijuana to be smoked will cause a significant spike in inappropriate and possibly illegal usage. Furthermore, the physical smoking of marijuana carries similar risks of second-hand smoke to cigarettes. This is a public health hazard to infants, children, and the elderly. The recreational use of marijuana should absolutely remain illegal across the United States as it is a harmful and dangerous drug.

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  • Rowlie John from Hawaii

    No, legalizing marijuana is still bad because smoking it could lead to memory loss among teens in which I know uses marijuana recreationally. Instead, we should decriminalize marijuana and reduce fines and sentences because deaths caused by alcohol and tobacco which are legal, are still significantly higher.

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  • Taylor from Indiana

    There are many pros and cons when it comes to dealing with the controversy of whether or not marijuana should be legalized. Truthfully, however, the term, “Medical marijuana” is quite nonexistent. Although the uses of unprocessed marijuana or organic extracts from the plant may be known to treat symptoms of illness or pain for patients, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet considered marijuana to be approved safe in medical practices. Reasons being that research of marijuana being used as a secure alternative of medicine is extremely limited; because of this, scientists are unsure of the long term side effects that the drug will have on a patient’s health in the long term. For instance, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, side effects of using marijuana can result in altered senses and/or time, changes in mood, impaired body movement, impaired memory, and in some cases, hallucinations, delusions, and damages psychosis.
    The chances of abusing the chemical drug are at a high risk as well. Information gathered by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that in 2016, opioids, prescription pills, and illicit drugs were the cause of a recorded 42,249 deaths alone due to drug addiction and overdose. The Centers of Disease Control then provides that the statistics collected in 2016 of the number of recorded deaths due to opioid overdose were a staggering five percent higher than that of 1999. If FDA approved and doctor prescribed pain pills themselves are part of the overall percentage of addiction and drug overdose deaths in the United States, then shouldn’t Americans consider the idea of the unknown qualities and side effects of chemicals in marijuana, despite their seemingly tranquil healing properties, raise the question of how addictive marijuana can be?In conclusion, how high and severe are the dangers of potential overdose, damage to physical, social, and psychological health, or even the possible risk of death?

    Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Marijuana.” NIDA, Aug. 2017, http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana.

    “Opioid Overdose.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 Dec. 2017, http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths.html.

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  • Emily from Indiana

    Overall the legalization of marijuana would be a huge mistake. Even though it may seem harmless, there has been many properties that have proven to be quite harmful. First off, marijuana can be extremely addictive for some people. Dr. Drew Pinsky, a famous addiction medicine specialist said, “I’ve been treating cannabis addiction for 20 years. When people are addicted to cannabis, cocaine and alcohol the drug they have the most difficult time giving up is the cannabis.” Not only is it addictive, but also harmful to your health. The American Medical Association has discovered that “Heavy cannabis use in adolescence causes persistent impairments in neurocognitive performance and IQ, and use is associated with increased rates of anxiety, mood and psychotic thought disorders.” But it is not only limited to harming to your mental health, but your physical health as well.
    According to Foundation For a Drug Free World, “Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked one after another.” A study of 129 college students found that, among those who smoked the drug at least twenty-seven of the thirty days before being surveyed, critical skills related to attention, memory and learning were seriously diminished. Overall marijuana has way more risks than rewards, and has proven to be quite harmful to places that have legalized the drug. Amsterdam has legalized marijuana, and it has been shown that the crime rate has increased. In the end, legalizing the drug would be more harmful more than it would be helpful.

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    I don’t think the federal government should have the power to legalize marijuana, that should be left to a state by state basis. Each state already has their own regulations for driving age and education. The certain credits you need to graduate high school, for example, very by state. Therefore, it only makes sense that the legalization of marijuana, for recreation or medicine, is left for that state’s government to decide.

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  • Quinn from Kentucky

    I do not think marijuana should be legalized for recreational purposes until there is a way to test if someone is driving under the influence of marijuana, like we can check with breathalyzers with alcohol. I agree that marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes but there is a large difference between marijuana being used for health purposes, and marijuana being used for recreational purposes. As long as there is no way for testing people to see if they are under the influence of the drug, I do not think it will be possible to safely legalize the drug. The drug impairs the mind and body and it will cause accidents to occur if it is legalized and people will start to drive while under the influence of it. I think marijuana has great health benefits, but it should not be legalized for recreational purposes until there is a solid way to identify whether or not someone is driving underneath the influence of marijuana.

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  • James from Kentucky

    I do not believe the United States should legalize marijuana on a federal level. I say this because if a state feels the need or the urge to legalize it they gan. They would be able to do this themselves. Until there if a for sure need to legalize it in the whole nation, there is just no point in legalizing it. I do realize the benefits in medical marijuana but if a state feels there are threats on people’s lives or a need to have it be for a medical purpose then they have every ability to legalize it. I think for now and until the government can figure out ever major problem that could occur it just is not right for this to be legal on a federal level. If the government works these problems that could occur out and has a solution for it then yes, go ahead because it will boost the economy and help many people but until then like I said I think it should stay on a state to state bases.

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  • Tanner from Kentucky

    I think it should not be made legal because the many different dangerous actions that can occur is not worth it. If marijuana is legalized, younger children can have a easier access to it which can cause harm to their body and other people. Also people who are high on marijuana can cause harm to others if they operate vehicles or other forms of machinery. And if marijuana is legalized, it can also cause an epidemic in the United States which can cause issues in our government and economy. But if marijuana is legalized, then there needs to be a lot of regulates put into place for the protection of others and people who are addicted to it.

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  • Steve from Kentucky

    I believe Marijuana should be should not be legalized by the United States. Yes medical purposes should be allowed to hep several struggling people cope with pain and various diseases. This is already allowed in most states. However the legalization of Marijuana is not really regarding the medical use but rather the recreational practices. In my opinion marijuana can do more harm than good. People can easily become addicted, detached, and simply not the same. As accessible as this stuff already is I don’t think granting easy access would be better for our community and our society. Several people would be more likely to abuse the substance and be more reliant on it than just a stress reliever.

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  • Laura from Kentucky

    I do not agree with the idea of marijuana being legalized because many people will see it as a way to over use it. The government wants to legalize marijuana for the soul purpose of curing illnesses they want it to a kind of medicine because, yes marijuana can help with some sicknesses but if it is legalized and people can have easy access to it at a store or a gas station we will be facing bigger problems. One of the bigger problem we will be facing is we could possibly see more homelessness because now the homeless people do not have to hide and try to find ways to get marijuana they can just spend all there money and go buy it without the fear of being caught. So that is why i do not agree with marijuana being legalized because there would be to much easy access to it and people will not use it responsibly they will just overuse it which could lead to bigger problems.

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  • Amber from Texas

    Like cigarettes and vape pens, smoking marijuana is bad for your body. The human body is not made to recieve smoke into the lungs safely. It puts a dent on your life expectancy and damages your health.

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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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      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 …

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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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      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 consequ…

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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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      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, d…

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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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  • 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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    • Shelby from Indiana

      There have been no known overdoses or deaths caused by marijuana. People may injure other people, but they do that even when they’re not on drugs. The consumption of marijuana products does not necessarily mean that they will become a violent person. Marijuana has actually been proven to help with anger and aggression and can help calm people down. It all depends on the strain.

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    • MILENKO from Arkansas

      You can not OD on marijuana. Trust me. As far as injuring others’ marijuana is not a drug to make u violent, it comes down to the responsibility of the adult just like with alcohol on the use of a vehicle.

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    • Stephen from Indiana

      You can not overdose on marijuana alone, many people also take painkillers and OD on that. I read a comment earlier that talked about how this also happened with smoking cigarettes. The solution was to increase education in the matter. As long as the education is good enough to prove the effects of the drug then there should be enough judgement in the person whether they should want to try the drug or not. It also becomes a matter of medical marijuana versus recreational marijuana. Are you saying that it should not be used medically to ease pain since you can not OD on it? That is the question.

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    • Tom from Wyoming

      No such cases of overdose has ever been documented. You need to smoke 56 kilos or eat 15 kilos in less than a half hour to O.D.

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    • Prescott from Utah

      You are retarded if you think you can OD on marijuana. There has not been one recording of OD from it. Along with people injuring other while under the consumption of it is very low.

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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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    • Trevor from Indiana

      I in fact agree that motor vehicle accidents are a difficult issue with legalization. However, I believe that usage does not increase among young people with legalization. While I don’t doubt your Colorado car crash statistic, Colorado actually saw a decrease in youth usage after legalization.

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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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  • 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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    • Tinovimbanashe from Indiana

      You’re saying good facts but you also have to think.People do this knowing their consequences. Marijuana could change lives of people medically. It’s been proven that weed reduces pain of people who suffer from seizures, cancer and AIDS. There is going to be Pro’s and Con’s with everything. You had very good points and I appreciate your information.

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