Marijuana Isn’t Just for Hippies
Marijuana is an issue that seems to always have a split decision when addressing the issue. There seems to be a balance between those for legalization as well as against it. There was a period when marijuana did not have any criminal consequences associated with it. President Nixon was the President who acted to classify marijuana as Schedule I drug. If the medicinal uses were observed during these times I feel as if their judgment may have changed. Marijuana should be legalized not only at the state level but the federal level as well.
When used marijuana does produce mind-altering effects that may impact someone’s judgement or actions. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is extremely dangerous for not the just the driver, but those on the road as well. Like any substance there is also a potential for dependency on marijuana. Dependency could eventually lead to bad situations for those experiencing these problems. These are just a few reasons why people are opposed to the legalization of marijuana. I do agree that if used irresponsibly this could create dangerous situations.
As of recently there is tremendous amounts of evidence that marijuana is known to have positive medical effects while used. According to the medical journal Neurology, medical marijuana benefits those that suffer from mood disorders and depression. Evidence has also shown that medical marijuana has benefited patients who suffer from a variety of cancers. The American Journal of Clinical Oncology explains how the chemicals within marijuana help with the side of effects of cancer treatment. Although there are pharmaceutical medicines made to treat these issues, they are not always the safest when it comes to long-term care. Prescription medicine has the highest addiction rate in America and causes many deaths. Safer alternatives are there for those that need it and do not want to experience the use of pharmaceutical medicine.
When it comes to the legalization of marijuana there should be very strict regulations put into place. People under the age of 21 should not be allowed to use or purchase any cannabis products. There are similar...