Should Marijuana Be Legalized?The debate over the legalization of Marijuana(Cannabis) has been one of the most controversial issues ever to occur in the United States. There a is constant debate on whether it should be legalized or not. Also, a debate on if it were to be legalized, how would they make it work. Honestly; the legalization of Marijuana will be one of the greatest mistakes ever made in American history.Those who support the legalization of Marijuana argue that the drug comes with a lot of medical and economic benefits. A recent Harvard medical school research found that Marijuana may have the ability to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and may also be used as a pain reliever for people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and Arthritis. On the economic side; Marijuana advocates argue that the decriminalization of the drug will reduce incarceration, will create jobs, and will boost the economy by generating billions of dollars in taxes for the states and the federal government. They also argue that the drug is no more harmful to a person’s health than alcohol and tobacco, which are both legal and widely used, and regulated by the U.S food and drug administration.Despite all the health and social benefits, it’s also important to consider the many health risks of marijuana use. Marijuana affects the brain development. The biggest risks appear to be in those who start using Marijuana as teenagers or young adults, when their brains are still developing. Studies have shown deterioration in their learning and cognitive thinking that persists into adulthood, even after they have stopped using the drug. The world health organization classifies Marijuana as a mind-altering (psychoactive) drug. For example, a study from Switzerland conducted in part by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania showed that people who started smoking Marijuana in their teenage years and had an ongoing use of the drug, lost an average of 8 IQ points between the ages of 13 and 40.The decriminalization of Marijuana will only benefit the cartels and destroy this great country. Let’s look at this at a business perspective; if the store that sells Marijuana legally charges twenty dollars for one gram, and the guy at the street corner charges ten dollars for that same gram, where do you think most of the people will go to?, and who will they be enriching, the states or the cartels?. This legislature will make it easier for drug dealers to distribute their merchandise and it will also make it easier for young people to become drug pushers. This will increase the competition and crime. Data released by the Chicago police department shows that the city saw a surge in drug related homicides in the year 2016; 762 murders, 3550 shooting incidents, and 4331 shooting victims.The government will be making a very big mistake to legalize Marijuana after having seen those drug related statistics. The decriminalization of Marijuana will further worsen the lives of the low income and working class Americans who are suffering because of these drugs. Instead of wasting time on this Marijuana issue, the government should be looking for ways to better improve the lives of these people.

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