Marijuana Legalization Should Not Even be a Question
It all started in the year 2000 when Colorado would legalize marijuana for medical use throughout the state. Twelve years later they would vote on and pass the states 64th amendment making it legal for recreational use as well. This sparked cannabis tourism and the conversation to start nationwide about whether marijuana should be legal or not. More and more states have been legalizing it for both medical and recreational use, and other states should start following in Colorado’s footsteps.
There is a heavy stigma that is attached to the use of marijuana, and it is often times looked at in the same boat as prescription drugs. Of the 38,000 drug overdose deaths that occurred in 2010, none came from the use of marijuana. In fact no one in the history of mankind has ever died from having too much THC (the chemical responsible for the psychological effects of marijuana) in their system. This shows that it is unfair to treat prescription drugs(responsible for 60% of drug overdoses) and marijuana the same. Around 40% of people in the United States have admitted that they have tried marijuana st least one time in their lifetime.
Though it is a drug, the word “drug” itself makes marijuana seem like it is extremely dangerous and can cause serious harm. If you can stand by the fact that alcohol and tobacco use are legal, then it shouldn’t even be a question as to whether or not you should support the legalization of weed. Alcohol and tobacco combined have caused five times more harm to users and other than marijuana has. It is proven that marijuana is safer than the use of substances that are already legal. There should not even be a debate about whether it should be legal or not, for it will benefit America is plenty of ways.