Not every person who drinks is an alcoholic, and not every person who smokes marijuana is a pot-head. Marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose. It gives the terminally ill a safer alternative to harsh prescription drugs. Taxing the plant and decriminalizing the plant would bring in a huge revenue to our government. It would also remove non-violent offenders from over crowding our prisons.
Lester Grinspoon, a professor at Harvard University, states, “Few drugs in the United States have produced as much affective heat as marijuana, particularly during the last decade. The controversy essentially revolves around the question of how dangerous or safe the drug is." However, many people are persistent users and believe that this drug is no more harmful than smoking cigarettes. Despite its useful medical effects for relieving pain and nausea, marijuana is a psychedelic drug that will be looked down upon because of false claims about it. Because people tend to overlook the positive facts, cannabis has become illegal for all the wrong reasons.
Recreational marijuana use should be regulated or decriminalized. Tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs are legal drugs in the United States under certain conditions, and although marijuana is less harmful and less impairing, it is illegal and harshly punished. A user under the influence of alcohol tends to present recklessness and violent behavior, where marijuana calms and keeps users controlled (Jonsson). Marijuana, as opposed to other recreational drugs does not promote violence, and marijuana users are usually not involved in other dangerous crimes, such as gun use and speeding. Kayla Morgan states that “It’s nearly impossible to overdose on marijuana, to do so; 1,500 pounds of marijuana would have to be smoked, or otherwise ingested in some form, in under 15 minutes,” (100) whereas users who drink alcohol run the risk of overdosing if they simply exceed their limit by a small amount, alcohol intoxication and overdose is very common.
For decades the marijuana prohibition has been violating individual’s rights, but scientific research has proven that marijuana has therapeutic uses and is harmless compared to other drugs. Therefore, marijuana should not be considered a dangerous drug and should be legalized. The prohibition of marijuana did not end with crime; nonetheless, it is responsible for the imprisonment of thousands of its users. The government’s campaign against marijuana has also created cultural factors that make the use of marijuana socially unacceptable. However, it should be up to each individual to decide if he/she wants to use marijuana whether it is for pleasure or for therapeutic reasons.
To understand this, America must open their eyes and r... ... middle of paper ... ...al anecdote • Friend Kevin got marijuana possession ticket. Had less than one gram, year later applying for apartment, the mention charge after doing background check. Almost couldn’t get apartment Conclusion Marijuana has gained a reputation as a intense, mind altering, life ruining drug. Whether it is from reefer madness, the rising THC levels scaring older generations of non-pot smokers, or just a hope of clinging on to a failing prohibition, the views on marijuana are changing around America and the world. Sources: Cannabis: A History: By Martin Booth The marijuana conviction: a history of marijuana prohibition in the United States: Richard J. Bonnie "Marijuana."
Almost every American has heard of marijuana and its many nicknames such as weed, MJ, Mary Jane, cannabis, etc. “Nearly 100 million Americans use marijuana.” (“About Marijuana”) NORML, an organization that advocates changing marijuana laws, states, “Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America behind alcohol and tobacco.” (“About Marijuana.”) If this many people are using it, why has it not been legalized? Some would say it should remain illegal because it hurts people and is harmful to society. To a point, it can be hurtful to people and harmful to society by creating overeaters and mellowed out, couch-bums; however, marijuana itself has never been shown to kill anyone. It is just like alcohol and tobacco.
It was not until after the "Reefer Madness" campaign of the 1930s that marijuana became illegal in the United States. The campaign gave exaggerated stories and false information to scare people away from the use of cannabis. Ever since, studies have shown that marijuana is safe and beneficial and activists have pushed for legalization, but governments refuse to legalize it. Instead, they have harsh laws prohibit... ... middle of paper ... ...: Should they be Legalized. New Jersey: Enslow, 1996.
Many apothecaries and doctors proscribed medications containing cannabis. Until 1941, cannabis was part of the United States pharmacopoeia. However, in the early 20th century, public opinion swung and cannabis was characterized as an evil and ... ... middle of paper ... ...a will certainly continue longer than that. However, the fact remains that a drug recognized as physically safer and more beneficial than nicotine and alcohol has caused millions of imprisonments, billions of federal dollars, and several lives. However, we are only left to wonder if the prohibition of marijuana today will one day seem as trivial is our prohibition of alcohol was during the early 20th century.
Why should the government continue to inflict harm on a drug that has virtually no reason to be banned in the first place? Children are impacted by the legal battle of marijuana legalization as well, with some states legalizing it on a state level we still see that it’s only legal above 18. One needs to look at how if it’s not legal for all they will continue to do it because of parental influence. Marijuana needs to be legalized for everyone including adolescents as this drug is one of the least harmful drugs out in the market. Let us legalize marijuana for it is one drug that ca... ... middle of paper ... ...ng Through The Science On Marijuana: Facts, Fallacies, And Implications For Legalization."
Millions of dollars used for incarceration will be redirected to rehabilitation, which will reduce dependence, especially among younger users. Legalization will allow users of marijuana to buy from legal and safe sources. The war on drugs has been ineffective in reducing drug use despite spending a lot of money on incarcerations. Mass incarceration in the drug war has had negative effects on the society because most imprisoned individuals are non-violent offenders who pose no legitimate threat to the community.