Term papers writing service


An arguement in favor of marijuana to be legalized

Voices From Both Sides of the Medical Marijuana Debate

If marijuana is legalized it will not keep the drug off the streets. In fact, it will increase the number of people who use marijuana because there are no legal consequences for people using the drug. If we keep this drug illegal however, people will be afraid to get caught so it will act as a prohibition for those people who are law abiding citizens.

When alcohol was legalized it did not disappear or reduce the number of users.

In fact the number of people who used alcohol increased. There is no difference between alcohol and drugs in this regard. Furthermore, the legalization of marijuana will not keep it off the streets because there are still the drug dealers who make a living off of this drug and they will lower their prices to attract customers.

  • As such, the black market on the sale of marijuana will continue for those who are underage or do not have the money to pay the regulated price;
  • In fact, it will increase the number of people who use marijuana because there are no legal consequences for people using the drug;
  • All the efforts have faltered;
  • Can California Learn from Colorado?
  • Drugs in this category are deemed to have a high abuse potential, no accepted medical use and lack of acceptable safety.

There is already a very serious problem with the smuggling of cigarettes even though tobacco is a legal substance. If we legalize marijuana the crime rate and the smuggling activity will still exist and possible increase.

This is exactly what has happened in Amsterdam as crime activity has increased around coffee shops which are selling marijuana in the black market. Government money will still need to be devoted towards stopping the black market and smuggling. Violence and criminal activity will also still exist. This provides the sellers with the ability to earn money while doing so illegally and the customers are able to buy them at a cheaper price all while avoiding the payment of taxes.

As Thanh raised in point 2, I completely agree that the government will gain money from the taxes on regulating marijuana, however, all of that tax money will end up going to the health care system because marijuana has terrible effects on the physical and mental well-being of Canadians as I have listed in my initial arguments.

New Data May Bolster Arguments Against Marijuana Legalization

Ultimately, the government will lose money because the tax money will not be enough to cover all the health care bills. As Thanh mentioned in point 5, marijuana might not be the most harmful drug but it does have serious effects to the body.

  • The topic has dominated discussions in legislative committee rooms from California to Massachusetts and also on front porches across the country, as activists gathering petition signatures have gone door-to-door trying to sway potential voters in legalization efforts;
  • Asked about the study, Miller said he remains undeterred in his efforts;
  • In Rhode Island, state Sen;
  • Their favorable attitudes towards it led me to look into this issue further and learn why medical marijuana has become such a hot-button issue in our society.

Simply because marijuana is not the most harmful drug is not a good reason to legalize it. There are several studies that show the harm that marijuana brings to the body like the ones I have listed above in my main argument. Also there is strong proof as noted in the studies in my initial argument that marijuana is a very addictive drug which can lead to death.

  • Legalizing weed for medical reasons is viewed favorably by many Americans, including members of the medical community and Congress;
  • The drug seems to be everywhere here, smoked by people walking across the street or consumed in an edible form at get-togethers;
  • Government money will still need to be devoted towards stopping the black market and smuggling;
  • Their favorable attitudes towards it led me to look into this issue further and learn why medical marijuana has become such a hot-button issue in our society;
  • Even with the possibility of legalization of marijuana, certain controls will be placed on the sale of it.

Even with the possibility of legalization of marijuana, certain controls will be placed on the sale of it. For example, children will not simply be able to purchase marijuana.

There was a problem providing the content you requested

As such, the black market on the sale of marijuana will continue for those who are underage or do not have the money to pay the regulated price. As Thanh noted in his point 6, while it is true that marijuana can relieve pain, this is only temporary and users may experience long-term effects such as brain damage, mental illness, hallucinations and other major physical and mental effects.

There are many other legal medications which can relieve pain which are less harmful to the body.

In rebuttal, I do not believe Thanh has sufficiently demonstrated why marijuana should be legalized in Canada.

On the other hand, I have provided numerous examples and statistical data to show why marijuana should not be legalized in Canada.