Against the legalization of marijuana
Should marijuana be legalized? Whether you smoke or not, you probably still have an opinion. It is sufficiently obvious that marijuana is a threat to our society morally and physically. Its use leads to the use of "harder" and more dangerous drugs, which pose an even greater threat to the public. I urge you to consider the deteriorating effect that marijuana has on individuals and their surroundings.
Marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to the use of "harder" and more dangerous drugs. Among marijuana's most harmful consequences is its role in leading to the use of other illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine. Long-term studies of students who use drugs show that very few young people use other illegal drugs without first trying marijuana. While not all people who use marijuana go on to use other drugs, using marijuana sometimes lowers inhibitions about drug use and exposes users to a culture that encourages use of other drugs. The risk of using cocaine has been estimated to be more than 104 times greater for those who have tried marijuana than for those who have never tried it.
Legalizing marijuana is morally wrong under all circumstances, even for medical purposes. Many people feel that marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes such as to decrease pain and suffering for someone who is terminally ill. What is wrong with painkillers? Isn't that what they are prescribed for? In the United States there is no major health association that accepts marijuana as medicine. Organizations, such as the FDA, express concern over the harmful effects of the drugs and over the lack of solid research demonstrating that it might do more harm than good. Twenty years of research have produced no reliable scientific proof that marijuana has medical value. The negative effects have been seen though. Marijuana hurts the immune system by impairing the ability of T-cells to fight off inf...