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Argument against the legalization of marijuna The legalization of marijuana is one of the most highly debated about subjects facing Canadians and Americans today Advocates of legalization use two major arguments in their effort to have marijuana legalized First which is by far the biggest argument is that marijuana has a significant medical use The second argument is that marijuana does not cause harm to those that smoke it Both of these arguments can be easily discounted by the numerous studies that have been done on the effects of marijuana both medicinal and recreational In the following paragraphs we will explore the hard facts of marijuana that will discount the validity of the previously mentioned arguments as well as some common fallacies I will focus first on the medical fallacy There currently exists a great debate concerning smoking marijuana as a medicine Many well-intentioned leaders and members of the public have been led misled by the well-financed and organized pro-drug legalization lobby into believing there is merit to their argument that smoking marijuana is a safe and effective medicine A review of the scientific research expert medical testimony and government agency findings shows this to be erroneous There is no justification for using marijuana as a medicine The movement to legitimize smoking marijuana as a medicine is not encouraged by the Federal Food and Drug Administration health and medical associations or medical experts but instead by groups such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NORML and the Drug Policy Foundation DPF These organizations have little medical expertise and favor various forms of legalizing illicit drugs The studies cited by the marijuana advocates have been found to be unscientific poorly researched and involved pharmaceutical THC not marijuana An advocate that claimed he was an expert testified at the 1987 federal hearings to reschedule marijuana was in fact a wellness counselor at a health spa who admitted under oath to using every illegal
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