Medical marijuana can be prescribed to treat diseases like cancer or other Eng term diseases such as glaucoma. It can also be used to treat muscle spasms, post traumatic stress disorder, nausea, poor appetite and weight loss, seizure disorders and Crown’s disease (Harding). Marijuana can be used to increase appetite, calm muscles, relieve pain and sedate. (Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research). With all these medical benefits, how could marijuana be harmful to us? Marijuana is not harmful, marijuana is not damaging, and marijuana is not deadly.The National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Centers for Disease Control and Preventions statistics show that annually 443 000 people die from tobacco, 88 000 die from alcohol, 22 767 die from prescription drugs, 14 775 die from illicit drugs, 8257 die from heroin, 4944 die from cocaine, and a big, hefty O deaths caused by marijuana.
How is it that the two major causes of drug related deaths are legal and the one drug with zero related deaths is illegal? We won’t even mention how many other effects alcohol and tobacco have on our bodies.There is no medically proven information that marijuana has ever caused nee, sole, single death. In order for a lethal response to take place you would have to consume approximately 1 500 pounds of marijuana in fifteen minutes. (US Department of Justice, 56-57). Is marijuana as bad as they say? Don’t think so. In addition to medical benefits there are also many economical benefits.
If we legalized marijuana it would bring one of the biggest cash crops under the law. This would create many job opportunities and economic opportunities for our government instead of the illegal drug revenue (Drug Policy Alliance).By making marijuana legal the government could make thousands of dollars. It would also save our police officers their time and money and let them focus on much more serious crimes (Mirror).
In Colorado, for example, they made over 40 million dollars on marijuana taxes. Colorado has also seen a very prominent economic boost since the legalization of marijuana. Colorado has one of the fastest growing economies and the unemployment rate is well below the national average (Way). Economist, Milton Freedmen, stated that marijuana prohibition costs our government over 7.
7 billion dollars per year (Head).I’m sure there are a million other things our hard earned tax dollars could go to. Marijuana should no longer be part of the criminal justice system; we could regulate marijuana as we regulate alcohol and cigarettes. Illegal drug dealers will sell to anyone, children, teenagers, it doesn’t make a difference to them as long as they make a profit. Those who legally sell alcohol and tobacco are not able to sell to those who are not within the legal age limit. The government could save our youth as well as make a profit.
Many teens say that marijuana is easier to obtain than alcohol or cigarettes.