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THE PROS AND CONS ABOUT LEGALIZING MARIJUANA Mainstream vs Alternative Media who do we believe The Journal of Media Studies Writer Discussion of the legalization of marijuana brings up two main issues those who are pro- marijuana and those who are anti- marijuana These issues have been covered by both mainstream and alternative media mainstream being pro and alternative being anti These two factions have been arguing over this issue in the halls of justice for many years Because most of the American society is mainly exposed to only mainstream media they are not aware of other factors of legalizing marijuana that alternative media covers The problem caused by this lack of exposure is that the public may be deprived of the truth and may be led to believe facts that are not true Marijuana and Medicine Both pro and anti- marijuana groups have discussed whether or not marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes Mainstream groups do not believe that there are any convincing reasons to make marijuana a treatment to sick patients Their position is that marijuana can have harmful long-term effects The Anti-Legalization Forum explains that some of these effects are impairment of the immune system due to the inability of T-cells to battle off diseases delaying puberty in both males and females and unhealthy and smaller children born to women who used marijuana during pregnancy The Drug Enforcement Administration believes that since marijuana is not accepted by any American health associations there is no reason to legalize the drug They think that the main reason why pro marijuana advocates use the medical use argument is because the uninformed public can be easily convinced to
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