Marijuana Legalization: The Pros and Cons

Many organizations are pushing for the legalization of Marijuana as a medical drug. Marijuana has many medical advantages which include it being a therapeutic drug for cancer and AIDS patients. Many other research and studies dedicated to Marijuana has shown early signs that it can also inhibit cancer cell growth in animals.

In spite of these recent findings, many other organizations have tried to block the legalization of Marijuana as a medical drug. These organizations cited that only some isolated elements of Marijuana can be regarded as medically helpful and that the practice of smoking it does not necessarily have to be done.

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Organizations Lobbying For Legal Marijuana Use

Patients out of Time and Law Enforcement against Prohibition are just two of the numerous organizations asking the government to change its mind regarding the prohibition of Marijuana use. Patients out of Time is an organization that has dedicated itself to the education of health care professionals and the general public regarding the therapeutic use of cannabis. This organization believes that Marijuana can be utilized as a drug to help patients who are suffering from several various diseases and illnesses.

LEAP or Law Enforcement against Prohibition is an organization that consists of former and current officers of the law and other individuals who wish to point out the failure of many drug policies. They believe that having a systematic regulation and control of drugs can benefit the community more than prohibition.


There are other organizations that believe that legalizing marijuana is a good idea and others also want to veto these suggestions from the pro organizations. Other research studies have also pointed out that using Marijuana can adversely affect the brain and the body. These are lifelong effects that can manifest themselves long after an individual has given up using Marijuana. The anti-marijuana organizations stress that there are other products in the medical market that have the same positive effects of Marijuana with little or none of the negative side effects.

Researches regarding the use of Marijuana in some individuals who are already sick have shown that it can complicate the illness and add to the severity of it. Most of these organizations that are against the use of Marijuana as a medical drug urge the government for more extensive research to bring to light the effects of the plant.

As of the moment, the laws enacting the illegality of using and growing marijuana are still in place. The government has not budged regarding the many lobbyists who ask for the lifting of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. In spite of the many advocates of pro-Marijuana use, the studies that have been done regarding the usefulness of the drug is still not enough to convince the government of its efficiency in the medical field. Some states in the United States of America have laws and regulations which are more lenient than other states. This is in lieu of sick people who wish to have release from pain and suffering caused by illnesses but there is a legal limit which needs to be followed.

The move to legalize the use and propagation of Marijuana will always have opposition since this plant is controversial. If the government does allow the use and propagation of Cannabis, there will always be a loophole which will be used by drug addicts and traffickers to be able to make money from the lifting of the ban.

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111 comments to Marijuana Legalization: The Pros and Cons

  • adam weed

    Bake marijuana into brownies or other types of food.
    Then you won’t be effecting your lungs by inhaling all the smoke but you will still feel the high that weed brings you.

  • Joel

    hey, if you support drugs cartels, gangs and such, keep it illegal, lol, thats where they make 70% of their money, hooray for the advancement and empowerment of crimes syndicates!!!!
    *facepalm* “war on drugs,” what a failure, its made more people get high than it has prevented. 400000 deaths a year directly related to tobacco. Also, who the fuck says it makes you dumb? i am a stoner, and i am also an engineering student at university, which more than most people can say theyve done or are doing with their lives. Logic = legalization
    People who are easily manipulated by false facts and propaganda = keep it illegal

  • Brittany

    All I have to say is yes, marijuana has it’s negative effects, but everything does. Especially these days. Everything comes with a warning, a consent form, or a disclaimer. Kids are going to smoke and no, not all of them are smart about it but we were all stupid about something at one point and no doubt will be again no matter how old or young you are. A lot of people’s opinions are based on what they hear. Those same people have probably never smoked a bowl in their life. They think it’s bad and maybe it is, for them. But what’s good for you might not be good for someone, or anyone, else.
    Also, I agree with CanadianToker. All this talking does nothing. Except hurt feelings and tear apart the people who agree with you. And if they don’t agree with you, you’re giving the idea that those who smoke aren’t people they want to know. So if you really want to help the cause and get it legalized, do something about it. Stand up for what you say you believe in here with your secret identity.
    Oh and for all of those on here who don’t agree with smoking marijuana, that’s your choice and good for you. But don’t hate on people who do. They don’t hate on you because you don’t. Weed helps people. It isn’t for everyone but it helps me focus when I really need to study, it gets rid of my migraines better than any pill ever did, it helps me sleep when I can’t, and that’s just a few of my reasons. I know people who smoke for all different reasons.
    So maybe all of us could stop and think about what we are saying here before it’s said. Maybe we can not judge others because they don’t share our same views or because they don’t like or do what we like and do.

  • Danielle

    I dont smoke tobacco and I rarely drink, but I smoke pot at least 3 times a week. I think some one who is going to judge pot smokers clearly doesnt know enough about it. You’ve been told it’s bad so your following blindly. At least put aside your ignorance for a couple hours and watch The Union. Then make your INFORMED opinion. You cant despute facts!

  • maan,

    personally i think pot should be legal…and i dont even smoke it i cant stand it really the smell drives me nuts the taste is gross.. but i no so many people who smoke it, so many people that resort to it becuase they need money and help…its has a lot of good benfits . and everyone has good points and stuff…but half the time its smoked in a house, with friends, and its food and video games? whats so bad about that ? when drinking leads to walking around town causing fights gettin arrested death etc…and drunk driving and so on…smoking and booze can kill us and destroy our bodies what does this do? i dont no exactly where im gettin at but this isnt a bad thing its grown in the freaking ground ppl…

  • Jacob

    Those of you who say that smoking marijuana has no negative side-effects are blatantly wrong. It has been clinically proven that smoking marijuana during adolesence can lead to severe pyschological effects as schizophrenia and phsychosis. I am all for the legalization and regulation of marijuana however, their should be a rigidly inforced age limit that will prevent anyone under the age of 25 from smoking marijuana.

  • Shay Herb

    You guys are all messed up, no one needs drugs to concentrate in school.

  • Shay Herb

    Alc is worse than weed, <3<3<3<3<3<3 LOVERS FORVEVER

  • Jason

    I will agree with marijuana being legalized for medical purposes only! There are people out there that do not, nor have ever used the drug. Myself I can’t breath around anything people smoke. I would rather get my ass outside and play sports, go fishing or hunting to help your body, not sit amongst friends and get high. What really is the purpose? Are people that bored they need a drug to mellow them out so they don’t care what’s going on around them.

    Really people. Get off your asses, enjoy some fresh air and take care of yourself. Take a look at someone who has been smoking weed for some time and compare it to the time before they started smoking, that person will have lost weight and look sickly ill. I have aunts and uncles who’s faces are sunk in. It’s really disgusting.

    Know I know you are all going to gang up on my comments. Well what else would I expect. It’s a selfish world. Why look out for those around you. Your the only one that matters right!

    Thought so!!!

  • Jacqueline in Canada

    I started smoking weed in 1994, even though I was against it for many years because of the fact that it was illegal and I didn’t want to break the law. But in 1994 when I was at the prime of my career, a nit wit ran a red light and disabled me in a serious way. I was medially mishandled and misdiagnosed as was the case for most of my life. I truly wanted to die, and planned to try and kill myself. I have always walked with GOD who told me to smoke cannabis for the pain. When I said, “no”, he said that it had many healing properties in it and that he had placed it here for that very reason. I reluctantly picked up a little and to my surprise it eased the pain immensely. I smoked cannabis from 1994 until 2009 and now am pain free and completely healed and I was not, am not, nor ever will be addicted, but I am sure I would have been a drug addict if I had taken all the medicine that doctors kept prescribing for me, which I wasted my money on as I was basically sensitive or allergic to them. Now I am totally healed of drug allergies, asthma and chronic pain. THANK GOD FOR HIS ULTIMATE DRUG THERAPY…..CANNABIS. The law is still telling lies and old wives tales.

  • Chrissy

    I believe that marajuana should be legalized for medical purposes.I knew that my father used this drug before he died from prostate cancer in 2004. This was the only way he could eat and drink without vomiting and the only way he could sleep through the night without waking up and crying from all the pain he was going through. I think that many people do not understand that marajuana is not just smoked to get the affects of the drug so why does everyone comment about lung cancer and black lung. There are many drugs that are legal and have way worse effects than marajuana. I have never heard of anyone overdosing, or getting high and going out and robbing or killing someone for money to get their next fix/high. I believe that it should be decriminalized also.. more than half the inmates in prisons and jails in the U.S. are there due to posession of marajuana.. that is something that makes me cringe. why are all the rapists,murderers, child molesters, more serious drug dealers, and frauds running free? is marajuana posession more of a serious crime??? I think not!!

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