Should Marijuana Be Legalized

Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
Cindy Carney
November 7, 2011
Mary Harmon

There is an issue with drugs and the trafficking of those drugs that the United States spends $44 billion a every year to try and fight.(Cafferty 2009) Since the 1980’s the United States has spend billions of dollars fighting for this cause. We have more people fighting what seems like a losing battle.   Legalization of marijuana has become the hot topic lately. You have groups that oppose it, believing it to be a gateway drug, however there is really no scientific evidence proving it to be a gateway drug. In this paper I am going to show you why marijuana should be legalized.
Drug trafficking is a very large subject to tackle; I decided to focus my attention on the legalization of marijuana and why it should be legalized. “A number of movements to legalize marijuana have been gaining steam lately”.   (Messerli 2011) There are a lot of people on both sides of the debate. In this paper I am going to looks at both sides of the debate and then show you why it should be legalized. In California, Proposition 19 was placed on the ballot for the 2010 election. “Some argued that passage of Prop 19 would have led to a much wider legalization of drugs that-along with promises of regulation and taxation-could have unintended consequences for public health and law enforcement”. (Ward 2010) We have many people who have the need for marijuana to be legalized to help them with their daily pain from cancer, glaucoma or other types of illnesses.  
There are many arguments that cannabis is a gateway drug. There has been no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are casually lined to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.   I know that there are many drug users who will probably tell you that they smoked marijuana before they started using harder drugs, I believe that those drug users would have using the harder drugs whether or not they smoked marijuana first.