Marijuana…….a Profitable Crop Sold to Boost the Economy or a Tool of Destruction?

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Marijuana…….a Profitable Crop Sold to Boost the Economy or a Tool of Destruction?

Professor Joan Cormier
ENGL-1010-UNIVERSITY GRAMMAR
08 Jan. 2013

Marijuana…….a Profitable Crop Sold to Boost the Economy or a Tool of Destruction? The legalization of marijuana for recreational use is a highly debatable subject in our culture, and it has been for several decades. Marijuana has been approved for medicinal purposes in many states to date, and use has been legally permitted in two states as of this year two- thousand and thirteen. There are numerous pros and cons associated with marijuana use, as with any drug whether it is legal or not. There are legitimate reasons for sanctioned recreational use of marijuana including
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There are currently eighteen states that have legalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes. Medicalmarijuana.procon.org has posted a “summary chart” which includes all eighteen states plus “DC [that] have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana, years passed, fees, possession limitations, and details by state regarding approved conditions, cultivation, and registration.” Medical marijuana is used to treat patients suffering from severe or chronic pain, cancer, glaucoma, fibromyalgia, and it is used to improve the well-being of patients diagnosed with terminal diseases such as AIDS. Marijuana, when smoked, causes a mild state of euphoria, and it can have very different effects on users. Honestly, in a world full of death and destruction, why would the average Jane or Joe not want to experience a little happiness derived from a toke or two off of a marijuana cigarette? According to Ashley Post, “Colorado and Washington have become the first in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use.” Post also reported that,
“Initiatives [were] passed,” on the sixth day of November in the year two-thousand and twelve,
“allowing the possession and sale of pot for recreational use” in Colorado and Washington.
Kevin Sabet, a former senior adviser to the Obama administration’s Office of National Drug
Control Policy, told NBC News, “Once these states actually try to implement these laws, we will see an

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