Back in the 1800’s, the U.S. prohibited alcohol. Today, the U.S. is trying to prohibit an new substance, Marijuana. Like alcohol, it is believed that by outlawing Marijuana, the general community will be benefited and people will have less health problems caused by the substance. Also, it its believed that banning marijuana will decrease crime rate and vehicle accidents, since most accidents today are caused by Marijuana. But, many people are fighting to keep marijuana in the U.S because it has medical benefits, such as helping fight cancer. Either way, history seems to be repeating itself, as we are banning a drug-like substance. Also, in some states such as Colorado, marijuana is no longer prohibited, so just like in the 1800’s, a substance that was prohibited is becoming legal again.
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“10 Facts About Marijuana.” Drug Policy Alliance. 16 Feb. 2014 <http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/10-facts-about-marijuana>