Marijuana, a Non-Violent Crime with Harsh Punishments Argumentative Essay

Marijuana, a Non-Violent Crime with Harsh Punishments
This paper argues that the laws concerning usage and cultivation of marijuana are outdated and explains the need to have them changed.
# 117780 | 1,956 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 20, 2009 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement) , Law (General)

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This paper discusses the harsh laws regarding the usage and cultivation of marijuana and explains the need to have punishments that are handed out in connection with marijuana crimes reduced. The author also presents the opposition's point of view on why marijuana should be illegal, and why people who are found guilty of possessing or cultivating marijuana should be given harsh prison sentences. The paper then compares the effects of marijuana to alcohol and argues that the effects of alcohol can be more deadly than that of marijuana.

From the Paper:

"The real question is why is marijuana viewed as being such a threat to society? What makes marijuana so harmful that these strict laws and sentences must be enforced and imposed? Is marijuana really that much more harmful than alcohol? When was the last time that someone was reported to have died from a marijuana overdose? I cannot think of any instance of where someone has had serious complications due to chronic marijuana use. Compared to alcohol, marijuana poses no more of a serious threat to a person's health."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Countermeasures DUI Risk Education National and Illinois Statistics Report. Rep. Pekin: Countermeasures Inc, 2001.
  • Cupp, Jody. Personal Interview. 16 June 2009.
  • Elders MD, Jocelyn. Editorial. Providence Journal 26 Mar. 2004.
  • "Illinois Department of Corrections - 2003 Statistical Presentation - Part I." State of Illinois | Department of Corrections. 7 Oct. 2005. 13 July 2009 <>
  • "Introduction - NORML." Marijuana Law Reform - NORML. 09 July 2009 <>.

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