Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

757 Words May 20th, 2016 4 Pages
Legalization of Marijuana
If addictive substances like cigarettes and alcohol are legal, why not an herb like marijuana? Did you know the dependence rate (higher the number indicates less dependence) for nicotine is 1, for alcohol it is 4 while for marijuana it is 6? A simple cup of coffee has a dependence rate of 5 which is more addictive than marijuana (Hilts). There are so many aspects to think about when the idea of legalizing marijuana comes into question. Conversations could go on and on when debating out the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. Many people agree to legalize it, while others do not see the positive outcome if it were to be legalized. Usage of marijuana should be legalized as it is a matter of personal choice, and would result in a decrease in the number of organized crimes and increase the quality of life for terminally ill patients.
Everyone should be free to make any choice in their lives when it comes to what they chose to put in their bodies or do with their bodies. Marijuana usage should be a matter of a person 's own choice. Smoking marijuana should be like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. Marijuana users do not harm people, other than themselves. By controlling that behavior, we are impinging on the rights of human liberty. Some believe that legalization and the ease of availability would lead to an increase in the number of new drug abusers, rather than treating the existing drug users. However, the same could be said for alcohol use…

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