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Keeping Marijuana Illegal Essay

529 words - 3 pages

Marijuana is currently the leading cause of substance dependence other than alcohol in the U.S. In 2008, marijuana use accounted for 4.2 million of the 7 million people aged 12 or older classified with dependence on or abuse of an illicit drug. This means that about two thirds of Americans suffering from any substance use disorder are suffering from marijuana abuse or marijuana dependence.
Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the U.S. and around the world. Those who support its legalization, for medical or for general use, fail to recognize that the greatest costs of marijuana are not related to its prohibition; they are the costs resulting from marijuana use itself.
Drug-impaired driving will also increase if marijuana is legalized. Marijuana is already a ...view middle of the document...

After smoking, a person will have trouble remembering what he or she was doing before he or she began. Smoking will also cause a 20-100 percent increase in their heart rate and an increased risk of a heart attack. Smokers will also be more inclined to have respiratory problems due to the amount of smoke that enters their lungs.
While the debate over legalizing marijuana has been going on for a few years, it is clear that keeping marijuana illegal is the best solution for everyone. Legalizing the drug would do nothing but harm our country. More people could become addicts and more people could die. There is no reason for the death toll to rise over the legalization of a drug. So in the end, don’t be under the influence, stay above it

Works Cited

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Matt Ferner. 2012. The Great Marijuana Debate, Round 2: Should Marijuana Be Legalized For Recreational Use? Robert Corry, Bob Enyart Respond . http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/02/the-great-marijuana-debat_n_1397250.html. (accessed April. 4, 2012).

Danielle Carpenter. 2012. Recreational marijuana smoking unimportant, should remain illegal. http://www.wildcat.arizona.edu/index.php/article/2012/04/recreational_marijuana_smoking_unimportant_should_remain_illegal. (accessed April 29, 2012 at 11:45pm).

Ed Revis. 2010. Keep weed illegal! Here’s why. http://www.thenextgreatgeneration.com/2010/07/keep-weed-illegal-heres-why/. (accessed Jul 28, 2010 ).

Paul Kokoski. 2012. Plenty of Reasons Marijuana Should Remain Illegal . http://mtstandard.com/news/opinion/mailbag/plenty-of-reasons-marijuana-should-remain-illegal/article_e8c223ba-510b-11e1-8ff1-001871e3ce6c.html. (accessed Monday, February 6, 2012 2:44 pm).

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