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The question of marijuana being legalized has been a very controversial issue for a long time Its been controversial because of the bad track record it has sustained over the years Marijuana is considered to be a schedule one drug That means that it has a high potential for abuse and lacks an acceptance for legal medical use as it is clearly stated under the controlled substance act It is estimated that 200000000 people have consumed the drug worldwide for pleasure escape from reality and relaxation The main active principle of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol THC and is what give the high that is obtained from smoking or oral consumption of the drug Marijuana is not a narcotic and is not mentally or physically an addicting drug One can use mild cannabis preparations for years without physical or mental deterioration When one weights the pros and cons of re-legalizing marijuana the logical result is to abolish the senseless ban on pot because it has been proven to be less harmful than other legal drugs it would decrease violence and crime boost our economy and be used as an effective form of medicine for the treatment of many fatal illnesses Every year 400000 Americans die of complications caused by tobacco products Smoking kills more Americans each year than alcohol crack heroin murder suicide car accidents fires and AIDS all put together Alcohol abuse contributes to almost 50 of all traffic accidents suicides and homicides Drinking also is known to cause liver damage and liver cancer which is in many cases fatal The bottom line is that tobacco
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