Persuasive Essay - Why Not to Legalize Marijuana

1061 Words Apr 2nd, 2012 5 Pages
Marijuana is seen as a relatively harmless drug, though given the chance, it can be as harmful as alcohol or tobacco. Through government regulation and growth conditions, the long term and short term effects of the drug, and the effects it could have on today's youth, it can easily be seen what choice should be made in terms of the decision to legalize the drug. The legalization of marijuana, though making the government a profit, poses too many risks to different areas of the population for it to be a responsible decision. The legalization of marijuana would result in strict government regulations. If marijuana were to be legalized, the government would grow and distribute the product much like it would any other product. This means …show more content…
Since marijuana is illegal, routine checks are not so important, however, if it was legal laws would be put in place in order to make sure workers are not smoking on the job. Smoking marijuana could pose as much of a threat as drinking or smoking cigarettes given the right circumstances. The lives of today's teens would be put in jeopardy if marijuana were to be legalized.. Since teens are naturally rebellious, smoking marijuana often seems like the “cool” activity among friends. In the eyes of society, marijuana is seen as a relatively harmless drug, with few long term health risks and no obvious signs of addiction. However, this means it is also seen as a drug which opens the doors to heavier, more dangerous drugs, a “gateway” drug. Having teens smoke marijuana behind the school may seem like a risk, but if it were to be legalized it wouldn't be seen as something cool to do, leading to less teens smoking it. This sounds like a positive aspect to legalizing marijuana, except without marijuana being something “cool” to do, what will teens turn to experiment with next? Legalizing marijuana could potentially increase the number of teens consuming more harmful drugs in order to achieve a high. The risk of today's rebelling youth is too high to make marijuana seem like a safe and responsible thing to do in society. The use of marijuana

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