Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

770 Words Oct 12th, 2015 4 Pages
Despite the fact that the Drug Enforcement Agency categorizes marijuana as a schedule I drug (DEA), a majority of Americans have thought medical pot should be legal since the late 1990s - — and a majority now support recreational legalization. Nearly half (49%) of Americans say they have tried marijuana, 12% just within the past year (“6 Facts about Marijuana”). Although medical marijuana is already legal in more than 20 states, the debate over whether or not marijuana should be legalized for recreational is still controversial. Needless to say, the only reason the government is opposing its legalization nationwide is so they can find evidence of it being harmful, but in reality there are more benefits from marijuana then there are hazards. Therefore, they should stop trying focusing on the negative said and instead focus on how it can improve the economy and health of the American people. Recent studies have shown that marijuana can be used to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists from the Roskamp Institute in Florida have discovered how cannabinoids, the active chemical in marijuana, is able to reduce the build-up of a key indicator of Alzheimer’s (“Scientists Discover how Cannabis Slows Alzheimer 's Disease”). The active chemical known as THC, slows the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that makes them. These plaques seem to be what are killing the brain cells that potentially cause Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a…

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