Legalisation of Marijuana Essay

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The discussion whether marijuana should be legalized and taxed is very present within the last month. That’s why I’m going to discuss the pro and cons about the legalisation of weed, as it is often called, in the following research paper.
Marijuana is a drug produced from the Cannabis plant, which is used to produce several kind of drugs. It is illegal an illegal substance under federal law, but some states passed legislation, that allowed the use of medical marijuana. Some states like Colorado and Washington went further and legalized the sale and consumption of small amounts of weed. In the Netherlands, marijuana is legal too.
There are several reasons why marijuana shouldn’t be legalized.
First of all, the consumption rate will
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If marijuana would be legalized, the amount of accidents caused by divers under drug influence would further increase.
Some people also fear that marijuana “is a “gateway drug” which means that people who use marijuana are more likely to move on to more dangerous and addictive drugs” (“Legalisation of Marijuana” Student Resource Center).

Although there are many reasons against the legalisation of marijuana, there are more arguments that support it.
Examples for that are the physical effects of the Drug for example. Marijuana has, compared to other both legal and illegal drugs, low effects on the human body. “No death from marijuana overdose has ever been reported and the ill effects of alcohol, nicotine, and prescription painkillers (...) vastly overweight those of marijuana” ( Ingraham, Janet. “Lee, Martin A. Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana--Medical, Recreational, and Scientific”). Research has also shown that marijuana “ use does not lead to physical dependence, and there are no withdrawal symptoms when the drug is not discontinued” (“drug use” Britannica School. Encyclopaedia Britannica).
Marijuana consume can also bring certain “medical benefits to people suffering from certain medical conditions”. If marijuana would be legalized, patients would come in the benefit of a treatment with marijuana and pharmacy companies would do more research about marijuana, which could lead to even more uses. In

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