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Legalization of Marijuana also known as cannabis sativa is highly logical in a day where alcohol and tobacco products although restricted by age are available to millions of people every day Marijuana is being used illegally by many Americans today of all ages Before the 1960s many Americans had never heard of marijuana but today it is the most used illegal drug in the country Marijuana legalization groups such as the Physicians Association for AIDS Care and National Lymphoma Foundation argue that marijuana should be legalized in order to treat terminally ill patients Among them are AIDS victims who find that marijuana stimulates their appetites so they can fight off dangerous emaciation Glaucoma sufferers who have used marijuana said it has prevented them from going blind and cancer patients claim that it alleviates the severe nausea that often accompanies chemotherapy Many advocates who are pro marijuana complain that morphine and cocaine are legal and are very dangerous drugs which brings up the question Why not legalize marijuana as a medical drug More reasons for the legalization of marijuana are fighting crime and boosting the economy Today government surveys estimate the number of regular marijuana users at about 118 million The cost of pursuing and punishing 118 million marijuana users if that is all there are would be enormous both financially and societally McVay Douglas Marijuana Legalization The Time Is Now 1991 lthttpwwwsagepubcom Legalizing marijuana would indeed free up time and money on the criminal side since it would no longer be a crime Also one could imagine the benefits to the government and economy with the creation of jobs for harvesting and packaging and the tax revenue it would create Despite all of these benefits to legalizing marijuana I still believe this drug should stay illegal Saying that no one ever died from smoking marijuana is like saying no one ever died from smoking tobacco Young teens start using marijuana for the wrong reasons they
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