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Running head: MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
Whether marijuana should be legalized or not has never been a clear issue but rather, it
has always been an issue surrounded by controversy as well as wide range of differing opinions.
Even though the United States classifies the drug as Class I controlled substance, which makes it
an illegal substance under the federal law, not everyone agrees with this status of the issue.
Various groups have brought forward their opinions backed by scientific, constitutional, medical
records and all sorts of evidence to try to convince the government why the drug should be
legalized. On the other hand, others have brought evidence in abundance to show the same
government how its decision of not allowing marijuana has benefited the country and why
nothing should be changed. This paper seeks to analyze the reasoning on both sides of the debate
surrounding use of marijuana in order to attempt concluding the side that has a stronger
Argument That Marijuana Should Remain Illegal
Premise 1: marijuana is exceptionally addictive to a subset of individuals, a condition that
is not exhibited in other legalized drugs such as alcohol and tobacco. Overcoming this addiction
in the affected individuals is so hard to overcome (Mandelbaum & Suzanne, 2017).
Premise 2: marijuana deteriorates the user’s mental health as it causes a serious
annihilation of the IQ. Various studies have found that marijuana leads to abnormal structure of
the brain along with poor memory.
Premise 3: marijuana is bad for the physical health of its users whereby it may reduce
their life expectation substantially. Among the conditions that marijuana greatly increases the
chances of one suffering from include lung cancer, sterility and birth defects (Volkow et al.
Premise 3: marijuana is a burden that is so unnecessary. The country is already losing
enough lives a...