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For certain reasons one may think that marijuana should be illegal and is morally wrong. On the other hand, marijuana can have its benefits as well. Whether those benefits include crippling drug violence, medical use, or increasing our economy level, I strongly believe marijuana should be legalized.
First of all, legalizing marijuana would completely wipe out the violence that is involved with distributing Marijuana. All over the nation when marijuana is being bought and sold, fighting may break out at anytime for any reason. “In 1988, just over half of the murders in the city [New York City] were ‘drug-related.’ But once the researchers examined the circumstances of the murders, they discovered that the clear majority, 74 percent, were results of the drug trade, not drug use (14 percent) or the need to get money for drugs (4 percent),” according to July 1999 Washington Post op-ed from Drug Policy Foundation. According to the FBI, nearly 2,000,000 violent crimes occurred in 1991 alone. In 1960, that figure was less then 300,000″ (May 1994, USA Today magazine). Obviously the rate of drug violence would go down if Marijuana were legalized.
Secondly, making the substance no longer prohibited can make room for medical uses of Marijuana. The American Medical Association tried to argue for the medical benefits of hemp. Marijuana is actually less dangerous than alcohol, cigarettes, and even most over-the-counter medicines or prescriptions. Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care. The most profound activist for marijuana’s use as a medicine is Dr. Lester Grinspoon, author of Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine. According to Grinspoon, “The only well confirmed negative effect of marijuana is caused by the smoke, which contains three times more tars and five times more carbon mo…

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