Is marijuana as negative as societal stigmas say?

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Whether it is for recreational or medical use, the legalization of marijuana in the United States has been extremely controversial and complex for decades. In recent years, the public’s acceptance of marijuana has been steadily increasing.

A survey given by Pew Research Center shows that a growing population of Americans support the legalization of marijuana: 62 percent of Americans think that the use of marijuana should be made legal, which has grown from 31 percent in 2000, and 12 percent in 1969.

There have been no overdoses from using weed to ever be reported in the history of mankind. The Lancet, one of the most prestigious general medical journals, showed that the usage of alcohol and tobacco are more harmful than marijuana is. According to the CDC, alcohol has caused 41,000 deaths in 2013, and cigarettes cause nearly 500,000 deaths in the United States yearly.

If the legalization of marijuana is passed not only for medicinal purposes, but also recreational, it’s regulation would become safer and better for the economy, as well as consumers. Taxes could be placed on marijuana which would contribute tremendously to the surrounding economy, and the regulation on what goes into the batches would be controlled more effectively.

One large concern for those who use marijuana, is what goes into what is being purchased. If legislation was passed to legalize it, consumers would be much safer from the tainting of the product or other problems similar to that.

Many worry about the addictions that come along with ingesting weed, when in reality, addiction and marijuana don’t correlate strongly. A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that even coffee is more addictive than weed. There are also no withdrawal symptoms that arise when people stop using it.

Negative stigmas have engulfed the thought of marijuana in our society for decades, when many think that the benefits don’t really compare to the cons.

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