Legalizing Marijuana: The Pros and Cons Argumentative Essay by Emily

Legalizing Marijuana: The Pros and Cons
This paper explores the debate over whether to legalize marijuana.
# 4994 | 1,965 words | 4 sources | APA | 2001 | US

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This paper examines the history of the legalization and prohibition of marijuana. It discusses the arguments for and against legalizing marijuana, and along with this, the legality of alcohol and cigarettes' consumption. This paper recommends the legalization of marijuana in exchange for making alcohol and cigarettes usage illegal.

From the Paper:

"The debate over whether to legalize marijuana has been one of the most controversial issues dividing courts, the federal government, state governments, and voters. In 1996, Arizona and California voters overwhelmingly approved the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Propositions 200 and 215 represented a dramatic shift from a previously united federal and state front against illegal drugs to one where state governments and voters are now at odds with the federal government over the medical use of controlled substances. Rather than focusing on how to improve and maintain the long-standing war on drugs, the policy issue has now become: who controls America's drug laws- courts, the federal government, state governments, or the voters? In addition, the legalization of marijuana poses other questions: Does legalizing marijuana undermine the seemingly endless federal war on drugs by moving towards greater tolerance of marijuana and other drugs? Is more research necessary to determine the benefits or hazardous effects of marijuana? Would legalizing marijuana open the floodgates to legalizing other controlled substances such as heroin or LSD?"

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