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Argumentative Essay Against Legalization of Marijuana

Marijuana Should be Legalized and Allowed to Be Sold in Coffee Shops

I am against legalization of marijuana even though the governments of some other Western countries embark on decriminalization of marijuana. Since 1975, marijuana is legalized for sale and use in the Netherlands, since 2010 – in Switzerland. In Italy, Spain, Ireland, some regions of Germany and Australia there are no criminal penalties for storage and use of marijuana. However, I am a convinced opponent of even discussing any alternatives to the strict prohibition of marijuana for the following reasons:

Firstly, marijuana kills brain cells. Long-term use of marijuana causes persistent damages of brain structure and functions, memory loss, cognitive impairment, personality disorders and decrease in efficiency. Secondly, marijuana can induce dependence. People, who use marijuana for a long time, experience withdrawal symptoms and often require specialized treatment for marijuana addiction. Thirdly, if someone can be punished only for listening to loud music at home late at night, while the owner of coffee shops can legally sell marijuana, than how can we speak of justice?

Therefore, for the reasons listed above, I am against the legalization of marijuana. I’m on the side of organizations such as DEA, CASA and California Association of Clerks, which support the current policy and warn Americans that the decriminalization of marijuana will increase the level of consumption and that marijuana is a drug that causes harm to…

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