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Marijuana Legalization. The first and most basic reason that marijuana should be legal is that there is no good reason for it not to be legal

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´╗┐Engl 101 Pabich Khalid Abdulhamid The Mother Plant "The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of any subject is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this.' - John Stuart Mill" (Mill. 7). The topic of legalizing marijuana is a very conservational issue in American politics today. There are many good arguments both for and against legalization. But most important is that all of these arguments are based on facts. The first and most basic reason that marijuana should be legal is that there is no good reason for it not to be legal. Some people ask 'why should marijuana be legalized?" but we should ask "Why should marijuana be illegal?" From a philosophical point of view, individuals deserve the right to make choices for themselves. ...read more.

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The War on Drugs has lead to the inexcusable erosion of our civil liberties by the use of "informers and entrapment, mandatory urine testing, unwarranted search and seizures, and violations of the Posse Comitatus Act (which outlaws the use of military forces to police for civilian law enforcement) are becoming more common. It is clear that our society cannot be both drug-free and free." (Grinspoon. 142) The war on drugs is not only eroding our civil liberties but is also wasting our tax money at a rate of almost "18 billion dollars a year"(Lynch.153). Moreover, more than "300,000 people a year are arrested on marijuana charges, contributing to the clogging of our courts and overcrowding prisons." (Grinspoon. 142) All this is also costing tax payers' money on top of the 18 billion a year. The war on drugs is a war within our homes, a war between our friends and family. From the early 1970's until present we have heard that marijuana "destroyed brain cells, caused psychoses, lowered testosterone levels ad sperm counts, led to breast development in males... ...read more.

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Marijuana smoke "contains double to triple the concentrations of tar, carbon monoxide, and carcinogens found in cigarette smoke" (Voth 146) but there are many ways around smoking marijuana to gain its effects such as using a vaporizer or baking it in edible goodies. Scientists agree that marijuana's ability to play a significant role in the medical field is more evident now than ever. The use of marijuana is not harmful as the government wants you to believe but nevertheless the government sponsors scare tactics on TV using commercials such as the ones you see linking marijuana to terrorism -- are they calling the estimated 20 million pot smokers in America terrorists? The total amount of money spent by Americans on marijuana shows how big an industry it is and how much revenue can be raked in. It causes no long-term health issues and can improve the quality of life of millions of people suffering with disease. Until it is legalized, innocent people will continue to be harassed, arrested, and even thrown in jail because the government has no respect for the privacy of the citizens of this country. ...read more.

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