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I can not think of anyone who would stand up and say drugs are good Although all of them do not have be illegal A person should have the right to choose what he or she wants to do in the privacy of his or her own home as long as it does not directly harm anyone else I believe Marijuana should be legalized because it has been proven to be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco It has many medical and industrial uses The crime rate would drastically reduce which would lead to more prison space and fewer taxes Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs our society has It is also one of the most dangerous drugs we have Alcohol is thought to kill over 30000 people a year directly either by poisoning or liver damage It is also the leading factor in fatal car accidents Marshall 61-62 Marijuana on the other hand has never killed anyone directly or indirectly In fact a study done this year shows that drivers under the influence of marijuana are less likely to be involved in car accidents Dr Jason White states Marijuana smokers are more cautious less likely to take risks and drive slower The amount of THC tetrahydrocannabinol needed to kill a person is 40000 times the amount needed to get high Although alcohol could be as low as 4 times the needed amount to get a buzz Seaburn Some how marijuana remains illegal and alcohol is perfectly legal Tobacco is another legal drug that has been proven to be more harmful than marijuana It too has remained perfectly legal It has been said that one joint is equal to 4 cigarettes and this is true However most people that I know who smoke marijuana use about 1 or 2 joints a day Whereas the cigarette smokers I know smoke about 1 and to 2 packs a day A person
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