Should Marijuana Be Legal? Essay

1191 Words Nov 29th, 2015 null Page
On average, how many times do innocent bystanders inhale secondhand smoke in their lifetime? Little do most people know; secondhand smoke has been proven to be more dangerous than smoking a cigarette. The number of deaths caused by cancer, due to tobacco products, increases each year in the United States. Along with tobacco products, alcohol is another major cause of casualties and injuries due to alcohol abuse every year. There are several proven debates that suggest more Americans abuse alcohol than they do marijuana. So, why is marijuana illegal in the United States? Alcohol and tobacco products are still legal and the cause of numerous deaths yearly. Marijuana is “a common street and recreational drug that comes from the marijuana plant: the hemp plant cannabis sativa” (“Marijuana” 2015). There have been no proven facts to support how marijuana is harmful. Several states have decided to make marijuana legal in their individual state. Why not make it legal in all fifty states instead of only twenty-four of the states? There are numerous records showing the crime rate dropping within the first year of Colorado legalizing marijuana. With this huge drop in crime rates, there was also a significant drop in the amount of people imprisoned in just one year. By having these rates steadily decreasing, we are potentially saving the prisons thousands of dollars.
The argument that marijuana is a gateway drug always seems to come up in debates without valid proof, of how. There…

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