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The legalization of marijuana will reduce crime narcotic drug use and create a utopian society Marijuanas effect on society is greatly over exaggerated in that marijuana acts as a scapegoat for many of societys problems Marijuana is blamed today for being a gateway drug this means that consumption of marijuana will lead to use of narcotic drugs this claim has never been proven the only grounds for it is that marijuana is a more widespread and more sampled drug Furthermore the legalization of marijuana would create potential tax revenue that would flow from a regulated market in marijuana Marijuana grows throughout temperate regions with more potent varieties produced in dry hot upland climates Marijuana is defined as a cannabis plant and or a preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant smoked or eaten to induce euphoria marijuana 827 Websters Euphoria is a feeling of great happiness or well being euphoria 468 Chronic marijuana users may develop a motivational syndrome characterized by passivity decreased motivation and preoccupation with taking drugs The relationship of this syndrome to marijuana use however has not been established Like alcohol intoxication marijuana intoxication impairs judgment comprehension memory speech problem-solving ability and reaction time The effect of long-term use on the intellect is unknown There is no evidence that marijuana induces or causes brain damage marijuana 2 Microsoft The Drug Enforcement Agency estimates that we presently have 20 million regular users of marijuana in the United States Heerema 130 The inclusion of drug users within society is in turn based on the premise that the desire to alter consciousness is a normal human trait a drive as deep as the need for food shelter and love Siegel 1989 Humans perceive the use of marijuana to alter their state of consciousness as being a basic instinct that seems harmless and natural Prohibition creates crime it does not solve crime It creates a tension within society that
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