First let me begin this blog by stating that I am not a smoker. However, during my late teenage years, during and after college I would “partake” quite frequently. Nonetheless, there has been an ongoing discussion about the legalization of marijuana.
With a struggling economy and health care troubling most U.S. citizens the argument has become more of a meaningful topic. One reason is for medicinal purposes. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against medical use of marijuana, but emphasized the decision was not over whether marijuana is effective for pain relief, in June 2005.
13 states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes are; Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The question came up against those who use it for recreational purposes, why should they want it to be legal. Well I question why not, if they are using this for medicinal purposes. They are not using alcohol for medicinal purposes. If I needed aspirin for pain and take an ounce of pills, they would have to pump my stomach, but if I smoke an ounce of weed the side effects would not be as harmful.
Another point that people bring up is the harmful effects of drugs that doctors prescribe are not only legal but lethal. Which opens up the debate, should marijuana be legalized?