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The Debate over Legalizing Pot

June 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Article Submitted by Los Angeles Marijuana Dispensaries

It’s been going on for over two decades: the debate over whether medical marijuana should be legalized. Is it safe for people and the society? Or is it a dangerous gateway drug that should be banned? Today, people in 16 states and the District of Columbia can legally purchase and use marijuana for medical purposes. So if you live in California, for example, you can drive to one of the many LA dispensaries to purchase weed for medicinal purposes. However, there are many people who don’t agree it should be available for recreation or medicine. Here’s why:


Opponents of legalizing marijuana argue that it is a dangerous gateway drug without medicinal value, despite research that states otherwise. Opponents also say that legalizing the drug for medical use would encourage the use of it among teenagers; according to the New York Times, marijuana’s use among this age group has increased over the last 30 years.

However, advocates of legalizing the drug believe that it will reduce illegal trade and crime. They also believe it is a therapeutic drug with many medicinal benefits, and there are many studies that back this up. According to research, marijuana has been shown to reduce nausea and pain, especially for people with cancer and AIDS. Medical marijuana has also been proven as an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis symptoms, eczema, and epilepsy.

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