• Jack Almond & Sam Amonette

The war on marijuana

The practicality of weed by Jack Almond

In the past, marijuana has been spoken about with a very negative tone. Although many people still believe the drug is harmful and should remain illegal at the federal level, it’s widespread use among citizens has led to many seeking decriminalization of weed.

There are many people who would benefit from legalized usage of marijuana. Medically, marijuana has been shown to treat many illnesses, including anxiety, eating disorders and different forms of epilepsy.

According to the American Cancer Society, marijuana has also helped cancer patients going through chemotherapy. It has been proven to help patients’ pain and nausea symptoms,

Marijuana has also been proven to help athletes with injuries and pain management. It is an option for athletes that is far less harmful than prescribed painkillers. A study by ESPN showed that many athletes may have been misusing prescribed opiates, leading to long term addiction.

In recent news, the MLB has removed marijuana from their substance abuse list and will no longer test their athletes for it, according to Forbes. This opens up an opportunity for other sports leagues will follow in their footsteps.

Since weed has not been used medically for very long in the U.S., more uses for the drug are being revealed as research continues. Medical usage of marijuana has been legalized in 33 states according to WebMD.

While many will admit that marijuana has many medical uses, more and more states have been legalizing weed for recreational use. Currently in the United States, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana.

According to Huffington Post, somewhere around 40 percent of Americans say that they have used marijuana in some form. If usage is this high with laws in place to prevent it, then it is clear that people are already comfortable using the drug even if it is illegal.

Legalization would also allow the drug to be regulated. With so many people having access to the drug already, regulation would ensure that people know exactly what they are getting and that it’s safe.

Many claim that marijuana is a gateway to other harmful drugs. According to Scientific American, the data that connects marijuana usage to other heavy drugs shows correlation, not causation. Studies also show a correlation between alcohol and cigarette usage and use of harmful drugs, so should we outlaw alcohol and nicotine?

Economically, the legalization of marijuana would be a huge boost. When prohibition ended in 1933, the government was allowed to tax alcohol purchases that were being made primarily by upper class citizens. This helped the government end the Great Depression. The same benefits would come with the legalization of marijuana.

Also, buying the drug from dispensaries rather than dealers would allow for more regulation. The FDA would be involved in making sure weed being sold is safe and not contaminated with any harmful substances.

The people of America are leaning towards marijuana legalization and legislators are responding by giving the people what they want. It is only a matter of time until the federal government makes a move.

Dangers of weed to public safety by Sam Amonette

In the past, marijuana has been spoken about with a very negative tone. Although many people still believe the drug is harmful and should remain illegal at the federal level, it’s widespread use among citizens has led to many seeking decriminalization of weed.

There are many people who would benefit from legalized usage of marijuana. Medically, marijuana has been shown to treat many illnesses, including anxiety, eating disorders and different forms of epilepsy.

According to the American Cancer Society, marijuana has also helped cancer patients going through chemotherapy. It has been proven to help patients’ pain and nausea symptoms,

Marijuana has also been proven to help athletes with injuries and pain management. It is an option for athletes that is far less harmful than prescribed painkillers. A study by ESPN showed that many athletes may have been misusing prescribed opiates, leading to long term addiction.

In recent news, the MLB has removed marijuana from their substance abuse list and will no longer test their athletes for it, according to Forbes. This opens up an opportunity for other sports leagues will follow in their footsteps.

Since weed has not been used medically for very long in the U.S., more uses for the drug are being revealed as research continues. Medical usage of marijuana has been legalized in 33 states according to WebMD.

While many will admit that marijuana has many medical uses, more and more states have been legalizing weed for recreational use. Currently in the United States, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana.

According to Huffington Post, somewhere around 40 percent of Americans say that they have used marijuana in some form. If usage is this high with laws in place to prevent it, then it is clear that people are already comfortable using the drug even if it is illegal.

Legalization would also allow the drug to be regulated. With so many people having access to the drug already, regulation would ensure that people know exactly what they are getting and that it’s safe.

Many claim that marijuana is a gateway to other harmful drugs. According to Scientific American, the data that connects marijuana usage to other heavy drugs shows correlation, not causation. Studies also show a correlation between alcohol and cigarette usage and use of harmful drugs, so should we outlaw alcohol and nicotine?

Economically, the legalization of marijuana would be a huge boost. When prohibition ended in 1933, the government was allowed to tax alcohol purchases that were being made primarily by upper class citizens. This helped the government end the Great Depression. The same benefits would come with the legalization of marijuana.

Also, buying the drug from dispensaries rather than dealers would allow for more regulation. The FDA would be involved in making sure weed being sold is safe and not contaminated with any harmful substances.

The people of America are leaning towards marijuana legalization and legislators are responding by giving the people what they want. It is only a matter of time until the federal government makes a move.

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