Marijuana has been shown in study after study to have many beneficial effects to the body, such as soothing pain and nausea and easing blood flow. But beyond that, as a recreational drug, marijuana is easily one of the safest available. In states where it is legal, illegal and prescription opioid abuse is way down, meaning people looking for a recreational drug will choose the safer option in marijuana when it is readily available. The people want it legal, the government represents the people, so it should be made legal. There is no need to protect us from what is essentially a safe drug.