Marijuana: Cause and Effect Essay

1078 Words Nov 29th, 2012 5 Pages
Stephen Tracey
Professor Curran
English 101
10 November 2011
Marijuana: Cause and Effect Today in America, millions of American citizens are both confused and outraged by the fact that there are still laws that are preventing people from using one of the most popular and controversial, illegal substances in the world: marijuana. According to recent polls, fifty percent of Americans want marijuana to be completely legal and decriminalized (Blodget), and a whopping eighty percent of Americans want it to be at least legalized for medical use (RangelMD). So why do so many Americans want marijuana to be legalized? To some this question can be easily answered, but to others, it’s not so simple. There are way too many reasons to count why
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Ever since 1937, when the Marijuana Tax Act banned marijuana (Is Cannabis), the citizens of the United Stated of America have wanted to see this law revoked. The effect decriminalizing marijuana in America would have on the rights of American citizens would be significant to say the least, which is precisely why many people want to see it made legal. By decriminalizing marijuana, it would show that American citizens are tired of the United States Government posing as our parents and as our moral authority. Many citizens disagree with the government telling people what they can and cannot do with their free will and their bodies, especially in a country that became independent from England to stand for Freedom. It’s one thing for the government to want people to be safe, but when the government banning a plant causes even more problems, mostly to our safety and well-being, and intrudes upon our freedoms, it’s time for a change, which is exactly why fifty percent of Americans want marijuana decriminalized (Blodget). The next effect many Americans agree on, is the legalization of marijuana will make this country safer. First off, 800,000 arrests were made in 2008 that were marijuana related (Nick). If one didn’t know, prison teaches the people locked inside how to become better criminals, prevents one from getting a good job once they return to society, and forces one to use the

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