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The New Marijuana Trend

Updated on March 8, 2014

The Legalization Trend

Marijuana is becoming legal slowly but surely in the United States. There are a lot of people that support the movement because they are marijuana smokers as well as people that use marijuana for medicinal purposes. It's becoming evident that marijuana has benefits and since people are beginning to realize that the positives outweigh the negatives, it is starting to flip to the legal side. There are many medicines and activities that create a good feeling of relaxation; marijuana produces this feeling of being relaxed and feeling good, since the user is getting high. Someone can use too much marijuana and become impaired, but if a small quantity is used per session, the effect is therapeutic. People that are chronically stressed out could benefit from periodic consumption of marijuana to induce feelings of well being and relaxation. If someone uses marijuana, this does not mean that they will turn into a lazy bum that has no motivation in life. If used medicinally in the proper quantity, a person overwhelmed with stress can relax and regain the composure to do things to the best of their ability. Stress can be debilitating since it can get to the point where the person can't make a move because of the anxiety associated with stress that causes a person to become stuck in a sense. Loosening up a person that's stuck in this gooey stress glue can be an incredible relief for that person and refresh their mental status.

Of course there are people in the world who do not support marijuana, look at it as a negative drug that can cause bad things to happen to a person who uses it. These same people do not know whether their views are justified until they try marijuana in a medicinal way; they could wind up changing their mind and view marijuana in a more positive light. There's a difference between the people who use marijuana to help themselves or merely for enjoyment and those who are what someone might call a "pot head", who is lazy, unmotivated, deflated on the couch, depressed and all the other negative connotations that go along with someone who is addicted to marijuana. Like any substance, marijuana can be abused, which leads to all the negative side effects. Marijuana can bring in tax money for the economy, whether or not that is a lot or a little, it is still a positive amount of money that can be used. The government cannot benefit from marijuana if it is illegal, only drug dealers can profit when it is illegal. All the criminality of marijuana would come to an end if it became completely legal, because no longer would people have to seek out drug dealers who are involved in the shady underworld of drug cartels, violence, and counterfeit currency. Putting marijuana in designated shops and taxing it would bring in revenue money for the government that would benefit since the United States is in debt.

The states that have allowed medical marijuana to be legal are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Washington DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. As evidence, more states are beginning to see that marijuana has positive medicinal purposes. The amounts of marijuana that is legal to possess varies, because there are still people out there who will try to take advantage of the system and sell the marijuana for profit. States are trying to make the amount at a personal use value, so 2 oz could be personal, but 2 pounds raises suspicion that some illegal activity could be taking place.

Marijuana Vs Heroin

There are positives and negatives of marijuana being legalized for personal use. Although it has been legalized in several states because the positives greatly outweigh the negatives. Making a product legal, takes it off the black market more so that criminal activity is reduced for that substance. Certain drugs will never be legal such as heroin, because it is highly addictive and causes a huge amount of death per year; heroin also doesn't have any medicinal purposes besides greatly reducing pain in patients with a lot of pain. Clearly marijuana isn't as addictive as first thought because legally putting it in peoples' hands can allow abuse to occur easily, which a lot of people with a license do not abuse it. There are far more people who become addicted to heroin physically and mentally because of it's properties and affects to the individual.

Which State Will Be Next To Legalize Marijuana?

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      Shelley Watson 

      4 years ago

      For those who need medicinal marijuana I think its great, they looking at the same thing now here in South Africa. We could probably supply the whole world!! Up, interesting and useful.

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