In recent years the discussion of legalizing marijuana has become a national debate. I chose this topic to write about because my home state, New Jersey, just recently elected a Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, who is keen on the idea of legalizing marijuana in New Jersey. Right now, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, which is in the same drug classification as heroin, according to the DEA. First of all, Marijuana is a relatively safe drug with little to no long term affects, only short-term (memory loss, increased hunger, etc.). Alcohol is actually worse for you and has many more negative affects on you than marijuana. Legalizing marijuana would reap so many benefits for the whole country that there really is no opposing side of why it should not be legalized.