Time to Legalize Marijuana
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This paper explores the psychological, biological and sociological effects of marijuana and highlights the economic benefits of marijuana legalization. The paper also discusses how the legalization of drugs will help decrease crime and clear up the courts and legal system. The paper argues that the "war on drugs" has become largely a war on marijuana smokers, and this policy is at the expense of rational discourse, billions in misappropriated funds and resources, and many of the founding principles and freedoms that America was built upon.
From the Paper:"Marijuana is said to have a deleterious effect on society by making users passive, apathetic, unproductive, and unable or unwilling to fulfill their responsibilities. The concept of an amotivational syndrome first appeared in the late 1960s, as marijuana use was increasing among American youth. In the years since, despite the absence of an agreed-upon definition of the concept, numerous researchers have attempted to verify its occurrence.
"Large-scale studies of high school students have generally found no difference in grade-point averages between marijuana users and non-users. One study found lower grades among students reported to be daily users of marijuana, but the authors failed to identify a causal relationship and concluded that both phenomena were part of a complex of inter-related social and emotional problems.
"In one longitudinal study of college students, after controlling for other factors, marijuana users were found to have higher grades than non-users and to be equally as likely to successfully complete their education. Another study found that marijuana users in college scored higher than non-users on standardized "achievement values" scales."
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