Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1039 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 null Page
You hear about it all the time in the news. So in so state is considering the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana. As society moves closer and closer to a more pro-pot nation, what kind of message are we sending to America’s youth? We are progressing towards a nation that believes that it is not only acceptable to participate in the use of marijuana, but is encouraged by the glamorization in today’s society. One does not have to investigate thoroughly to realize the prevalence of this drug in today 's youth culture. Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States (Zimmer, Morgan). A petrifying study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed in 2014, 5.8% of twelfth graders had reported smoking marijuana daily (Marijuana). That comes out to be approximately 266,000 students last year that participated in daily use, 266,000! This raises the question that so many are eagerly anticipating the answer to, does the youth of our nation truly understand the health effects of marijuana use? For every argument though, there are two sides. The biggest arguments that the people use when debating on marijuana use are: Marijuana does not really have any bad effects on you and if doctors prescribe marijuana use to their patients then what is so bad about it? I would first like to clear the mistake that people believe that doctors “prescribe” marijuana. A doctor can not legally prescribe a drug to a patient that is against state or…

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