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Old 05-14-2008, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Should Marijuana be legalized?

The debate regarding the legalization of drugs, particularly that of soft drugs like marijuana is capable of being characterized as one which pits the concept of freedom of the individual against the concept of a paternalistic State. Advocates of legalization argue, amongst other things, that cannabis is not only less harmful than legal substances like alcohol and tobacco, but as a matter of fact has been proven to possess certain medicinal properties. In stark contrast, those opposed to legalization argue that the legalization of cannabis will act as a precursor to increased addiction to hard drugs, and will necessarily lead to an increase in the crime rate itself.

What are some of the pros and cons?
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