Why Marijuana Should Be Legal Essay

1475 Words Sep 30th, 2015 null Page
In the United States, there are a substantial amount of arguments that are two-sided. Some of these arguments are tied into political debates. Within these political debates, some popular topics that arise are abortion, the death penalty, gun control, gay marriage, and drug policy. During these past couple of years, one topic in particular has gained a supportive push, and that is the legalization of marijuana. On one side, some say that marijuana is a gateway drug, and that it is harmful to one’s body. On the other side, some see it as nothing but a plant, or in some instances, medicine that can change someone’s life for the good. While looking on the internet for a good article to debate against, I stumbled across an anti-marijuana post. The author of the article, John Hawkins, an anti-marijuana supporter, wrote about five different reasons as to why marijuana should remain illegal. Hawkins argues that marijuana use is a habitual, life ruining substance that “is certainly a financial and human cost to keeping marijuana illegal” (Hawkins). After reading the article for the first time, I feel that Hawkins’ viewpoints are very narrow-minded. Also, when Hawkins backs up his thoughts, the quotes and examples that he uses are very weak and do not, in my view, show much support for his argument. For Hawkins’ first point as to why he believes that marijuana should remain illegal, he focuses on the “addictive properties” of cannabis. He claims that marijuana can be addictive,…

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