Marijuana is one of the most popular recreational drugs in America while nearly 100 million Americans have used it. Over half of the U.S. population agree with me when I say that marijuana should be legalized. Marijuana is a nontoxic and low risk drug compared to others. Nine states, including Washington, DC have already legalized recreational use of it. These states include Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Because the topic of marijuana legalization is rapidly increasing each year, many people are putting forth their opinions as to what criminalized cannabis in the first place. Contrary to popular belief, the reason marijuana was made illegal had nothing to do with health issues, but good old fashioned, American business. Marijuana has been used medically for almost as long as history has been recorded, all the way back to the 3rd millennium BC. Previously, it has been used for pain relief, usually caused from nerve damage. It can reduce nausea, and assist with movement disorders. Marijuana is also a dependable appetite tonic, aiding individuals enduring HIV or dementia. Research growth insists that the pharmaceutical properties found in the cannabis may help the body protect itself from vindictive tumors that could stem. It is one of the only drugs that acquires an illegal recreational use, and a legal medical uses in specific cases. Probably the biggest argument against marijuana is that it’s a “gateway drug.” Many people claim that consuming marijuana greatly increases your chance of doing harder drugs like cocaine and heroin. This is a textbook example of a “post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy.” This informal fallacy occurs when one assumes the temporal order of events supports their casually being related. It is true, we all know it, that drug users usually started with marijuana. They know that it is the go-to drug for beginners, so saying that marijuana causes people to do harder drugs is ridiculous. People use different kinds of drugs to experiment with, so the order that they do it in means nothing. If someone uses heroin after using marijuana I’m sure they were going to try it anyway. Also, it’s never reported that cigarettes are a “gateway drug.” How many people do you think tried smoking a cigarette or drinking alcohol before smoking marijuana? By the “gateway drug” theory it should be cigarettes and alcohol that are leading people to meth and heroin, not marijuana. Most politicians are worried that supporting this controversial subject would yield negative feedback from their supporters. The public has gotten it into their heads that legalizing marijuana is the same as condoning it, which it is not. You don’t have to condone the smoking of marijuana to vote for its legalization. Truthfully, many people would outlaw fast food, cigarettes, alcohol, and tanning beds because of the harm they cause. Give the people in our nation the choice to enjoy marijuana (which is not nearly as dangerous as the other drugs that were previously mentioned) without the fear of prosecution or criticism. Today, people can go to jail for smoking a joint, while there are rape charges being dropped. You could spend years in prison for marijuana possession but Brock Turner didn’t even spend a year in prison for raping a girl. The drug is not the problem. The people are. Marijuana is not deadly, and is one of the safest drugs to use. There has never been a marijuana overdose in the history of the drug. Prescription use or recreational use, marijuana should be legalized in all 50 states, giving Americans today the opportunity to end the ongoing stigma of weed, throughout each and every generation.