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Research Paper: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

            A lot of people smoke marijuana regardless if it is illegal or against the law to smoke it. Some use marijuana for medical reasons to treat glaucoma, or to kill pain.
             While there are pro marijuana legalization groups such as the Physicians Association for AIDS Care, National Lymphoma Foundation arguing that marijuana should be legalized in order to treat terminally ill patients. Many anti marijuana agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Agency and police department argue that marijuana shouldn't be legalized because there is no hard core evidence that proves that marijuana has medical value. This is what brings me to my thesis that marijuana should be legalized because it doesn't matter if it is illegal to smoke or possess marijuana; people are going continue to use marijuana because it is not that hard to possess it and for some it is common to use it.
             Marijuana is a drug that is derived from the dried and cut leaves of the hemp plant known as "cannabis sativa". The main active chemical is THC(delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). It is the most common used illicit drug in the United States. It has a variety of street names such as "grass", "Mary Jane", "pot", "smoke", "reefer", "herb", and "weed". However, marijuana is used in one of three ways. The most common method of use is to roll the leaves in paper and smoke it like a cigarette. They are referred to as "joints". The second common method use is to smoke it through a pipe. The third method of use is by ingesting the marijuana by combing it with food.
             The effects of marijuana are labeled in three types: Physiological effects, psychological effects, and subjective effects. The physiological effects are reddened eyes, increased pulse rate, and dry mouth also known as cotton mouth. The psychological effects give off altered perceptions of distance and time, impaired memory, and physical coordination, and a heightened sensitivity of the visual and auditory senses.

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