Marijuana used to be legal in the mid-1930s, “until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed by Congress” (Drug Legalization) . Congress passed this to make it illegal to have sold marijuana to anyone without having tax on the product (Drug Legalization). From that point on, marijuana was made illegal because of the few tax stamps that were being sold. During the 1970’s and the 1984’s, Congress was revoking laws that involved drug offenses (Drug Legalization). At the same time, the federal government was toughening the drug sales and possession laws (Drug Legalization).
(Arresting people for) medical marijuana is the most hideous example of government interference in the private lives of individuals. It's an outrage within an outrage within an outrage”. Many people do not realize the benefits of Marijuana and hemp because of conservative views and misconceptions. Marijuana, or Hemp has been used since the beginning of recorded history. It has been used recreationally, medically, and for industrial uses.
Over seventy-five percent of the population agrees that this plant should be legal. But cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, is still illegal on a federal level in the United States. While states like Colorado and Washington start the public experimentation of legal recreational marijuana, other states clamp down on marijuana laws, hoping that the prohibition of this drug isn’t nearing it’s end like many people are predicting. This essay is going to focus on three main questions. Question one: Why are we continuing marijuana’s current prohibition based off of a one-hundred year old stigma, founded off of racist beliefs and false evidence?
It is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of this plant. Along with that is typically used for pleasure and also medical use. This raises the popular question should marijuana be legalizing in the United States? That has been a question of debate for many years, but no matter your opinion on that here at the present time marijuana is illegal due to the passing of the Uniform State Narcotic Act which was passed in 1937. This law prohibited the use and selling of marijuana in the states.
The Marijuana Tax Act effectively banned marijuana but it wasn't literally made illegal until the passing of the Controlled Substances Act in the 1970's. There is no solid justified reason as to why marijuana is illegal, yet someone can smoke a pack of cigarettes a day or drink themselves to slumber. The American view on marijuana is very pessimistic. The government already feels they are bending backwards by allowing medical marijuana, but they still disagree with everything about it. The government even created the movie called “Reefer Madness” which is a 1936 movie that wanted to make people believe that when people smoke marijuana then they would become crazy.
Many states are moving in the direction to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes while a few have casted a ballot to legalize it and create revenue off of it. Legalizing marijuana should be up to the people. Decriminalizing it does not seem to be enough. This means that marijuana would still be illegal but the consequences of using it are not criminal. This still leads to corruption, drug cartels, the black market, and prohibiting the right to make choices.
As long as the U.S has narrow-minded politicians marijuana will never have a real shot to prove whether it can be a wonder drug/textile that many informed, rational persons envision it to be. Works Cited Bakalar, James B., and Grinspoon, Lester. "Marijuana as Medicine: A Plea for Reconsideration." The Journal of the American Medical Association 273 (1995) : 1875. Brookhiser, Richard.
The use, sale and possession of marijuana is still illegal under federal law in the United States. However, it is allowed in 20 states and the District of Columbia to use marijuana in some form. In two states, Colorado and Washington, the sale and possession of marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use, while it is only use medically in the other states ("State Marijuana Laws map"). These states have had some serious reasons for changing their laws concerning this drug. Opponents of marijuana (cannabis) legalization claim that cannabis is a narcotic drug which could become a great addiction for the consumer over the time.
Federal law, however, continues to define marijuana as a drug "with no accepted medical use," and federal agencies continue to prohibit physician-patient access to marijuana. This outdated federal prohibition is corrupting the intent of the state laws and depriving thousands of glaucoma and cancer patients of the medical care promised them by their state legislatures. This is an excerpt from a letter written in 1982 to the editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Its author was a citizen concerned about the complete lack of rationality exhibited time and time again in the Federal Government's attempts to justify its ban on the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. It was no burnt-out ex-hippie who penned the letter.
There has been a debate over the legalization of marijuana since it was made illegal in the 1920s. There are opponents on both sides of the issue. There are many benefits to the legalization of marijuana, but there are also detrimental effects to society that are caused by marijuana use. These issues need to be debated to determine if the legalization of marijuana would benefit the United States. According to a 2003 Zogby poll, “the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and only make it illegal for children.” (Nadelmann, Ethan) Cannabis has been around since ancient times.