It is bad already that we have television glamourizing drug use, pop culture expressing drug use is fun to do, and young children in seventh grade and up doing marijuana excessively. How are we as parents supposed to compete against marijuana if our government says it is ok to do? In conclusion, although there are many advocates that claim that with the legalization of marijuana the United States can place a tax on it, use marijuana for medical purposes, and use marijuana as a resource. There are still many Americans that condone the legalization of marijuana and therefore this issue is going to continue to attract many spectators throughout our nation even if it gets legalized or not. One thing is for certain marijuana is still a crime to sell, possess, and grow in the United States through the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
Despite fierce opposition from the federal government, voters in California and Arizona passed ballot initiatives in the fall of 1996 favoring the legalization of medicinal marijuana (Randall 33). If support for marijuana at least as a medicinal remedy is so high, then why have only a few states taken steps to change their policy? There are several reasons why marijuana remains illegal. Mainly, it is a political issue kicked around by certain special interest groups. Some of these groups perceive marijuana as a threat to the home, tearing families apart and causing them to abandon traditional values.
Hemp was used in many forms. Hemp was used to make clothes, fuel, paper and building materials. Centuries later, America produced hemp as a cash crop which was pushed by the government due to its generation of tax revenue. As you can see marijuana has had a positive footprint in american history. Today the legalization of marijuana has shown society to be a failure of time and money.
At the same time, physicians, who had been recommending tinctures of marijuana for pain relief, began switching to synthetic drugs marketed by a burgeoning pharmaceuticals industry. As the drug became associated with marginal groups - Mexican laborers, blacks, jazz musicians, prostitutes - many states started passing laws against it. In the 1930s, the Bureau of Narcotics (now the Drug Enforcement Agency) got interested in pot. This was the era of "reefer madness," when the government tried to convince the public that marijuana made you crazy, horny and violent, or some unwholesome combination of the three. Pot finally went underground with the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937, only to emerge thirty years later as the drug of choice of socially-aware, middle-class college students.
Furthermore, Drug testing is not only an unreliable invasion of a person's privacy but it assumes that one is guilty before submitting to the test. Drug testing began to take place in the mid 1960's when drugs like Marijuana, hallucinogens and other drugs were becoming widespread (Stencel, pp.201). The military implemented mandatory drug testing because of the widespread use and the number of Vets that were returning home because of addiction. Ronald Reagan pushed for employers to implement drug testing and even had himself screened for illegal drugs to encourage employers and to reduce opposition to testing (Stencel, pp. 200).
America’s “War on Drugs” has been an intense operation to eliminate narcotics on the streets and often catch the criminal distribution before it even reaches the public. Citizens of the United States have petitioned for the legalization of marijuana since its origin, yet minimal progress has been made and the illegal existence of the plant remains. Congress has faced the vote to legalize marijuana countless times while the majority of politicians favor the ban on the substance, however there are certain individuals of political office that have and continue to vote for its legalization. America’s emphasis and concern for the use, distribution, and growth of marijuana is outstanding with arrests reaching nearly 5.9 million since the year 1990. A large amount of time, money, and man-power has been applied to the operation of controlling the substance of marijuana in society and many people argue against this.
Marijuana, being associated with Mexicans, led to studies connecting the use of marijuana to criminal acts. This initiated the creation of new laws such as: The Uniform State Narcotic Act and the Marijuana Tax Act, banning use ... ... middle of paper ... ...port of respiratory tract infections than non-smokers. (3) Humans have grown and cultivated cannabis for thousands of years. Historically, cannabis has been used for industrial and medicinal purposes, as well as a nutritious food source. Our country has imported hemp products from other countries, for nearly a century.
As witnessed in many of the lessons provided during class, the war on drugs seems to be a moot point . Instead of banishing the drug trade, all the war on drugs seems to be doing is creating power vacuums to be filled by the most ruthless and terrorizing citizens of those countries producing drugs. Not only that, but two American states (Colorado and Washington) have recently legalized the recreational use of Marijuana, and 20 states have laws which allow medical marijuana (Network, 2014). Public opinion is in favor of the legalization of marijuana, and states are slowly starting to come around. The changes in the laws concerning marijuana will of course have a big impact on the American public.
The NIH (National Institute of Health) is one of the many advocates ... ... middle of paper ... ...ls and keeping them from being repeat offenders. There are so many benefits of legalizing marijuana, far outweighing the negative aspects. Physical, psychological, spiritual, economical, and medical benefits are all being denied because marijuana, as it stands, is an illegal narcotic. George Washington once said, “Make the most of the hemp seed. Sow it everywhere.”(Rosenthal, 1996,p.95) Would you consider the first president of the United States a criminal?
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).