There are countless reasons why marijuana should be legal in the United States. Many people who vote against legalization are doing so only out of ignorance. Making more information available about the benefits of marijuana will hopefully open the eyes of those who have been blind to the reasons why it should be legal.
Marijuana is currently classified as a controlled substance and is only legal for medical use in 23 states and the nation’s capital. As far as recreational use? Only legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
Marijuana being illegal is very hypocritical when you consider what substances are legal and used every day in this country. Products that are purchased, consumed, and abused without a second thought.
For starters, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are both legal and are available over the counter. Yet both of these drugs can easily be used improperly, causing injury and death.
How about narcotic pain medicine? Narcotic pain medicine is highly addictive and very dangerous. It causes many deaths, but it is legal.
Don’t forget about cigarettes. Cigarettes are known to be more addictive then heroin. They can cause a multitude of health issues, including fatal diseases like lung cancer, but are completely legal in the United States.
Then there’s alcohol. Many people enjoy alcohol and like most things, it is okay when used in moderation. The problem is, too many individuals struggle with that concept. Some drink too much and get alcohol poisoning. We’ve all heard stories of someone’s friend/uncle/cousin/sister having a few too many and turning violent. And of course, the tragic injuries and deaths caused by drinking and driving. All thanks to alcohol, a completely legal substance.
Did you know marijuana has never been the cause of a single death? It’s true, look it up. But for some reason, the topic of legalizing marijuana stirs up controversy whenever it is mentioned.
Marijuana Saves Lives
The population of the Unites States is learning more and more about what amazing benefits marijuana has to offer. To start, it can help with nausea, alleviate pain, and calm the mind.
There is an almost endless list of conditions that marijuana has been proven to help with- AIDs, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, seizures, Restless Leg Syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, tremors, and Bell’s Palsy, just to name a few, but I’ll continue.
Anxiety, Depression, Mood Swings, and P.T.S.D. can all be drastically helped by the cannabis plant with its healing properties.
Glaucoma can be treated with marijuana. Its use has proven to relieve pressure on the eye, which can keep a patient from going blind. These are just a few benefits of marijuana when it comes to treating diseases and ailments.
People like to Party
This is part of human nature. There are many illegal drugs out there that are just awful. Cocaine can stop your heart, acid can fry your brain, ecstasy can kill you in a second and heroin and meth will just plain ruin your life.
What does marijuana do? It relaxes you… another reason why it should be legal. A lot of marijuana users will go to a dealer to get marijuana since they cannot get it in a store where they live.
Marijuana is not a gateway drug. Laws that force people to visit a dealer is what causes the gateway effect. If people purchase marijuana at a local store or grow it themselves, the drug dealer problem would be greatly diminished.
Since marijuana is illegal for recreational use in most of the country, people often turn to alcohol to let loose. Alcohol in moderation is ok, but too much of it can be harmful.
Smoke too much weed? You just fall asleep! That is not a bad side effect.
Those are only three reasons why marijuana should be legal. There are so many more reasons you may discover for yourself. Remember, if marijuana is not legal where you live, make an effort to find out what you can do to push for change!