Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essays

770 Words Apr 25th, 2016 4 Pages
The Actual Harm of Marijuana Tobacco can cause lung diseases, and alcohol can cause liver damage. And those are not the only effects that those drugs can have. Both drugs could lead to death, but both drugs are legal. “Repeal Prohibition, Again” by The Editorial Board of The New York Times argues that the federal government should legalize marijuana, emphasizing that its risks are far less great than legal drugs such as, tobacco and alcohol, and also that it is creating criminals. Based on “Marijuana Should Be Legal, but …” by David Sheff, marijuana should be legalized as it is not a criminal issue, and in addition, it discusses the ineffectiveness of the illegal status of marijuana and instead argues for the possible precautions to be taken if legalized. Both articles support the legalization of marijuana. Not all drugs should be legalized, but marijuana should be because as of now it is treated incorrectly as a criminal issue, and if it is treated as a health issue it could benefit the people of the United States. Marijuana is not a criminal issue, but it is being treated as such. According to The Editorial Board of The New York Times, “There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives” (1). The arrests for marijuana exceeded the arrests for cocaine and heroin, which are classified as narcotics otherwise known as “hard drugs”. The health effects of hard drugs are far…

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