Why Marijuana should be legalized and also why it shouldn't be.

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For years there have been many arguments regarding the legalization of marijuana and the effects our country would face. Many people's opinions reflect their customary beliefs and values. The outcome of legalizing marijuana would be partially beneficial and harmful. Some people believe that makes it too risky for the government to approve. This essay includes reasons why it marijuana should be legalized and also reasons why it shouldn't.

Marijuana also known as the "gateway drug" is composed of dried leaves and flowering tops of the pistillate hemp plant that contains the ingredient THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The drug was first banned during the 1930's, after rumor had it that the drug was extremely hazardous. Although no one has died from the inhalation of marijuana, there are many dangerous effects associated with its' usage. Many people believe that if marijuana were to be legalized, its users would move on to using more hardcore drugs instead.

Others believe that its users would not resort to other drugs as much because now they could legally get their high.

Marijuana greatly effects brain, lung, and heart function after chronic use. It impairs motor skills, memory, and manual dexterity. The drug is proved to be addicting after studies concluded that heavy users experienced a decreased appetite, sleep disturbance, weight loss, aggression, irritability, and restlessness, after they stopped using marijuana. THC also disrupts coordination, balance, posture, reaction time. Many car accidents in the United States are associated with marijuana, a result of slow reaction time

. Marijuana has many therapeutic purposes, which have been used by physicians for years. It was banned in 1937, under the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 placed marijuana in the most restrictive category of Schedule I, not allowing it to be used in medical practices. Marijuana...