Should Marijuana Be Illegal? Essay

1079 Words Jul 14th, 2015 null Page
Here is a thought: why should marijuana be illegal? Is it because it gives you a high? Consider this drinking enough alcohol could lead one to be in a toxic state, some people are prone to alcoholism, also if you drink too much it can make it dangerous to drive. Similarly the same with tobacco, smoking can become addictive and has been proven to cause many illnesses, even to those around it. Marijuana should be placed in the same category as alcohol and tobacco: a legal, and regulated intoxicant. Comparisons are almost inevitably drawn to alcohol and tobacco which are potentially dangerous, yet legal (Rich & Stingl, 2015).
Marijuana is considered to be any part of the plant cannabis sativa. The history of marijuana has been around since before the 1600s. Farmers grew the plant and used the stalks of the plant also known as hemp to make sails, ropes, food, and fuel in the developing nations. As early as the 1840s doctors recognized the medical aspect of marijuana and was sold freely in pharmacies for over a century (Rich & Stingl, 2015). Tetrahydrocannabinol also known as THC that is found in the plant, is released into your blood stream and triggers your brain to release a large amount of dopamine, a naturally "feel good" chemical. In the digestive system THC can ease nausea and vomiting. It can also increase appetite which is very useful to Cancer and AIDS patients (Pietrangelo, 2014). Alcohol is also like marijuana being that it is absorbed in your blood stream and…

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