If Americans allow
such a thing as alcohol to be legal, even with the obvious physical, mental and
numerous other problems it causes, there is no reason marijuana should be
illegal. About 20,000 people die each year from the use of alcohol, excluding
car accidents. There are more deaths cause by aspirin, caffeine, and
prescription drugs, than marijuana who‘s number totals to about 5 over a period
of 4 years. The marijuana prohibition created in 1937 is extremely
never been able to induce an overdose from marijuana on laboratory animals.
They were able to tolerate doses of up to 1,000 mg. The Deaths that have been
recorded to be the results of marijuana usage were later closely examined and
found to actually have been caused by choking on vomit which was not directly
credited to the drug. A John Hopkins study done over a fifteen year period has
concluded that there were no long-term effects on cognitive skills or actual
intelligence in users who smoked about five joints a week. Though most
obviously, Americans have no problem with tobacco, alcohol, oxy-cotton,
codeine, and many other harmful substances being legally obtained. So why would
the legalization of marijuana be any more harmful? Many religions
believe marijuana can be used for spiritual purposes. These practices were in
place long before the country of America was even established. The first
amendment gives all Americans the right of “freedom of Religion”.
Though the many religions that find spiritual significance is smoking marijuana
are not allowed to do so in America, despite its claim allowing people to
practice religion any way they choose.
On another level,
the use of medical marijuana could easily soothe the symptoms of thousands of
people who suffer from fatal illnesses such as AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, Wastings
syndrome, and nervous and neurotic problems.