From: Think Tank for a better USA "
Date: 27th February 2014
Word count: 1796" "" The Context!
Our country is facing a huge dilemma with respect to criminal charges for marijuana possessions.
The country is divided into two factions - one being the freedom demanding, marijuana legalizing
while the other being the anti-drug, let us crush all the drugs and drug takers. The effects of a
policy in this regard spills out and affects more parties than the ones directly involved." "
Analysis of the dilemma!
Before a policy can be thought upon, proper analysis of the current scenario needs to be done. For
this, we need to debate various arguments of both sides and judge the merits based on scientific
and statistical facts. " "
Some common arguments regarding marijuana legalization " "
1. Case about freedom"
" Our country is based on the principles of freedom. The civil war was fought to bring
freedom to everyone irrespective of the color of the skin. Today, we have achieved that but there
are still matters of conflict when talks about freedom arise. The right to victimless crime of smoking
marijuana is one of them. Each and every American has right to freedom than why does that not
cover the right to have recreational marijuana as and when one wishes? A marijuana consumer
doesn't harm anybody - physically or mentally. Unlike the right to gun, it doesn't empower him or
her to take someone's life; unlike alcohol it doesn't induce violent and uncontrolled behavior; unlike
smoking it doesn't push him or her to the abyss of cancer. Then why do our laws see marijuana
under a criminal light?" "
2. Making it legal will make more people users"
" The most common outcry against marijuana lega...
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Pot Legalization Could Save U.S. $13.7 Billion Per Year, 300 Economists Say. Retrieved from
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