Logical Fallacies-Why Legalizing Marijuana is Bad Essay

These days, a person hears a lot about legalizing marijuana and why it could be beneficial for our country, but people forget why it was illegalized in the first place. Marijuana is a drug. Drugs are addictive and deadly. If we legalize marijuana now, we’ll end up with a generation of reefer addicts who die by their mid-30s if they manage to escape being the victims of violent crime. Also, the people who use marijuana now despite the fact that it is illegal clearly are people who see no issue with breaking the law, so it’s safe to assume they would still be criminals otherwise. Marijuana addicts are violent criminals. Out of 20 violent criminals in Richland County Prison, 19 of them admitted to having tried marijuana. This is no coincidence. “How many murders, suicides, robberies, criminal assaults, holdups, burglaries and deeds of maniacal insanity it causes each year, especially among the young, can only be conjectured…

No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a joyous reveller in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer…” (The American Magazine, pg 18). Marijuana addicts often use other drugs in addition to “grass” as it is known on the street. If our society allows them to believe that one drug is ok, before we know it they’ll be pushing for heroin and cocaine legalization. Pro-pot activists claim marijuana is not dangerous, but if it weren’t dangerous, why would it be illegal in the first place? Just because it was legal once doesn’t mean it should be now.

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Heroin was legal once, even given to mothers in labor for their pain. Should we be subjecting innocent fetuses to the potential exposure of dangerous drugs? Absolutely not! Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, has publicly declared her stance against recreational marijuana usage and legalization. She recognizes the dangers of drugs and how legalizing them will lead to our nation crumbling. The youth of our country will one day run it, and how can they do that if they’re all strung out on pot? If you don’t want your children to die of an overdose, you absolutely must vote against legalizing this terrible drug.