Professor Eric Shockley
English Composition 164
12 December 2013
Why Legalize Marijuana?
A Complete Overview of the Benefits
Marijuana, the most illegal drug consumed in the United States, “more than 18 million Americans consumed it” (White House, 2013). Furthermore, a recent study showed that 42% of Americans aged 12 and older had consumed the drug (White House, 2013). Nevertheless, why is marijuana illegal? And what would happen if it gets legalize. Marihuana can bring health, economics, and social benefits to our society. Thus is why Marijuana should be legal.
At the beginning marijuana was introduced to United States by Mexican immigrants, who were working in farms ...view middle of the document...
Nevertheless, he chose racism and violence to get the attention of the country and criminalized it as we can see in one of his statements against marihuana.
“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.” (Kopel, David).
So, this is why marihuana is illegal, its criminalization was based on racism and personal greed of some politicians.
To explain, marijuana is a plant from the Cannabis sativa family. Cannabis has a psychoactive chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. When marijuana is smoked, drunk, or eaten, THC gets into the body going inside the bloodstream, that lends this chemical direct to the brain and other organs as well. When THC gets into the brain, the cannabinoid receptors of the brain get stimulated making the person get “high”. The majority of these receptors are located in the pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement parts of the brain. So, the person who consumed marijuana gets a pleasurable feeling from this plant, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
However, some government institutions state that marihuana has side effects such as distorted perceptions, lack of coordination, problem solving, obstructed learning and memory, and thinking difficulty. When marijuana is abused, the consumer could have learning problems and loss of memory (NIDA). Marijuana can raises heart rate as well, making a heart attack more likely to occur, the National Institute on Drug Abuse argues. Nevertheless, the last report of the National Vital Statistics Report shows that marijuana consumption is not related to any death in the United States.
Actually, marijuana is not a physically addictive drug, even though, marijuana could be psychologically addictive, just because, the consumer feels better under the effects of marijuana. This would be the same as alcohol (NIDA). But, marihuana have more beneficial side effects than legal drugs as alcohol and tobacco. For example, marihuana users are less depressed than non users according to a study of Mitch Earleywine from the State University of New York at Albany, and it has been proven that marihuana may help to relieve depression as well (Guither, Peter).
However, depression relief is not the only benefit of marihuana. The medical and social benefits can be more. For instance, the use of marihuana in the health field is more extensive day by day. Because of, recent government studies that have showed that marihuana use in HIV/AIDS, cancer, Glaucoma, Diabetes, and other diseases, have demonstrated an improvement on their health conditions by using marihuana during their treatments, the US government showed in several clinical trials reports through its National Institute of Health....