Why Should Marijuana not be Legalized? Introduction to the Issue The idea of legalizing cannabis, also known as marijuana, is distasteful to many members of our community, and it is blamed for a number of different social problems linked to health, economic and moral degradation (Miron and Zweibel). It is clear that cannabis is seen by many as a so-called gateway drug, which seduces people into becoming drug addicts (Clark). Nonetheless, in some jurisdictions of the world such as The Netherlands, the drug has been effectively legalized for the purpose of economic and social control (Donohue, Ewing, and Peloquin). This is linked to the fact that the use of cannabis is widespread and increasing on a global basis, and the cost of policing the...The end:
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