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Marijuana is and probably always will be one of the most widely used and accepted illegal drugs across the globe Recently however there has been a significant amount of attention given to debates arising over the legalization of the drug It has been suggested that in comparison to those legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco marijuana is less harmful to the individual and society Road fatalities occurring as direct results of substance abuse along with laboratory testings on both humans and animals can prove this This essay will not so much explore the positive effects of the legalization of marijuana but rather examine how the drug scores favorably against those which are legal today In addition it will look at theories relating to a link between marijuana and psychosis and how true or false this in fact is Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in Western society According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey for Australia 32 percent of people aged 14 years and over have tried marijuana Expenditure of marijuana in 1995 was estimated to be a little over 5 billion roughly equal to that spent on wine and spirits together Clements 1999 In recent years the debate concerning the legalization of marijuana has intensified The Morgan poll conducted in Australia in July 2000 reveals that most Australians believe smoking marijuana should remain illegal 58 of Australians were opposed to the legalisation of marijuana 33 were pro and 9 undecided This means that only one voter in three wants marijuana legalized Australian Government 2001 Some argue that legalization would be surrendering too easily whilst others simply believe that the war on drugs is unwinnable These people believe that rather than fight marijuana it may be more effective to simply legalize it as the consumption of marijuana involves risks of fines imprisonment and other possible costs associated with the shame of being caught The legalisation of marijuana would eliminate
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