Short Essay #1
Legalizing Medicinal Marijuana
In 1972 the U.S placed marijuana as a controlled substance because it served “no medical purpose.” Since then, seventeen states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. I believe that marijuana is a safe and beneficial substance that should be legalized across the entire United States.
No one has ever died from marijuana use but we all most likely know of somebody that has been killed or seriously injured due to alcohol related reasons. There are over 75,000 alcohol-related deaths per year, and none due solely to marijuana usage. There are proven facts on how beneficial the legalization of marijuana would be for our country. Marijuana possession and use is legal in many states already and continues to be a large topic of discussion.
As of 2012, more teens smoke marijuana then cigarettes (Melwert). This statistic alone shows that America’s youth recognizes the dangers of cigarette smoke and harmlessness of marijuana. Our country is in trillions of dollars of debt, and although legalizing marijuana probably wouldn’t dig us out of a hole that deep, I believe it could help immensely. Maybe it’s the “change” this country needs.
Marijuana has the potential to become one of the most useful substances in the entire world. If people took action and legalized it we would immediately see benefits from this decision. People suffering from serious illnesses, ranging from manic depression to multiple sclerosis, would be able to experience relief. Our government could make billions of dollars from marijuana taxing, and its implementation into the industrial world would create thousands of new jobs for the economy. Therefore, due to the previously stated evidence and much more, I firmly believe that marijuana is a safe and beneficial substance that should be legalized across the entire United States.