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Legalize Marijuana

             pot, reefer, hash, cannabis, hemp, bud, chronic, dope, and grass. Marijuana is a big topic these days. Many people want to keep marijuana illegal yet they don't know all the facts about it. I however believe that marijuana should be legalized. .
             First of all, marijuana refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant, which contains the narcotic chemical THC at various potencies. It is smoked or eaten to produce the feeling of being "high". Marijuana has been used for thousands of years for medical, social, relaxation, and religious reasons. An estimated 200,000,000 people for an escape from reality, pleasure, or relaxation consume it worldwide. There are many reasons why I think that marijuana should be legalized. It costs more to ban it, it is not actually dangerous; there has not been a reported death from smoking marijuana unlike alcohol or cigarettes, and also there are less health risks than cigarettes and alcohol.
             People think that marijuana causes health risks; this however is not exactly true. Sure it does cause some health risks but not anything major like cigarettes or alcohol do. Marijuana can also be used as medicine. There is an abundance of evidence, as well as some scientific research, which supports the belief that marijuana can be effective as a treatment for some illnesses. Some of these illnesses include glaucoma, cancer, or for stress reduction, asthma, or to reduce nausea. Because marijuana is not regulated, there are no safeguards against contamination by pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic chemicals. In this sense, it is actually the fact that marijuana is illegal that causes the health danger. If marijuana were legal, steps could be taken to reduce the health risks associated with its use by avoiding contamination. If marijuana becomes legal, the health risks will be reduced. .
             It is incredibly expensive to keep marijuana illegal. Since marijuana is illegal the government has to spend money for the cost of the active law enforcement, prosecution of accused offenders, incarceration of convicted offenders, and the cost of anti-drug education and propaganda.

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