In America, marijuana is the most used drug after alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana is used by millions of Americans, despite the harsh laws illegalizing the drug. Some states, such as Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Efforts to legalize the drug in other states have been unsuccessful such as Proposition 19 in California, which failed in 2010 despite uptight campaigns. Billions of dollars are spent at the state, local, and federal level to fight the use of marijuana.
The increased campaign awareness to legalize marijuana has shown youths believe marijuana is less harmful than many other drugs out there like cigarettes and alcohol(Say it Straight). This is simply not true, in fact marijuana has 425 unstable chemicals that convert to thousands when smoked by the user(Say it Straight). ... ... middle of paper ... ...rage marijuana consumer and also provide needed tax dollars for the government so they can crack down on really harmful drugs such as heroin and cocaine. My view is summed up best by this quote “Adults should be allowed to live as they wish, provided they do not harm others...the government should not outlaw...To do so would be to substitute the government’s tastes and moral judgment for those of the individual, and unjustified violation of personal freedom by the state.”(qtd. in Nagorney) Which is my point exactly.
Marijuana certainly seems safer than may other drugs, even aspirin that causes gastrointestinal bleeding, killing hundreds of people every year (Grinspoon/Bakalar 4).3 There are lots of drugs American society does not let people use except under doctor’s care, for instance, cocaine, Demerol, est. No one thinks we have legalized cocaine because we let surgeon or anesthesiologists use it. Therefore, the notion that there is a link between medical use and whether people should to be able to legally get stoned is nonsense. One situation does not necessarily include the other. Nevertheless, there has not been a single death by overdose (Foreman 4).2 As an enlightened society, we must reconsider the legalization of marijuana for medical use only as it eases pain and suffering of many illnesses.
Another advantage of marijuana is that experienced users can control the degree and quality of the intoxication by “coming down” when it is necessary to perform (McDonough 50). Marijuana does not cause sexual excess because daily use of marijuana has not been found to alter testosterone or other sex hormone levels like alcohol use, which lowers testosterone levels (Grinspoon, “Whither Medical Marijuana” 28). Marijuana is not an addictive drug. National epidemiological sur... ... middle of paper ... ...ugh it is harmless and has medical uses (“NORML Report on Marijuana”). Over ten million people use marijuana regularly even though it is illegal, which clearly shows that the government’s anti-marijuana campaign has been useless (“NORML Report on Marijuana”).
This can only mean that it’s also responsible for many incarcerated citizens. Drugploicy.org claims that in 2013, more than 600,000 citizens were arrested and charged with marijuana violations. Obviously, drugs such as cocaine and heroin could not be compromised with as far as legalization goes but as far as helping and stimulating the economy legalizing marijuana would do more for the issue with drugs than hardcore punishment. Imagine, more jobs accessible for Americans in a billion dollar industry. Profit bringing our national debt down and cutting in half in a small amount of time.
The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and many others used it for medical purposes. Marijuana was first used in the United States during the 1800’s and was banned in 1937 without any reason given by the government except that “it was for our own good” (Block, “Why Marijuana Became Illegal”). Marijuana should be legal everywhere in the world because, although it is highly addictive, marijuana is not as harmful as tobacco and alcohol, having a regulated market for it would reduce the sale and use of it amongst people under the age of eighteen, and the government can save and make money off of it. Marijuana is an extremely popular drug, not only in America, but in every other country in the world as well. However, there are many people who do not know exactly what it is or where it comes from.
Many argue that marijuana use is much more safe than either alcohol or cigarettes, yet it has been illegal for almost 70 years (NORML). These facts are indefensible. But even more terrible is that fact that there are many medicinal benefits of marijuana that are being denied to hundreds of thousands of patients yearly. Prohibition of marijuana for recreational use is an idiotic policy, but the prohibition for medicinal marijuana is completely iniquitous. In this paper I will focus on the prohibition of medical marijuana.
An incredibly controversial topic over the past decade has been the legalization of marijuana. Everyone has their personal opinion on the issue, and with some states reducing the restrictions against the drug most people have come to the realization that it will become legal in many countries over the next ten to twenty years. There are valid arguments for both sides, but when it comes to it weed should be legalized. Law enforcement could be putting their efforts toward much more important crimes, the plant could be taxed, hemp could be developed into a valuable cash crop, there have been proven medical benefits of marijuana, and prohibition simply does not work. In 2011 over 750,000 people were arrested on marijuana related charges .
Some may argue that marijuana is dangerous, that it will permanently damage one’s health or well-being, yet nearly 100,000 people will die this year from prescription medicine, how many people will die from ingesting marijuana this year? Not a single person will die; there is not one death directly attributed to marijuana in its 10,000 year history. “It is a fact that a person can die from taking too much aspirin, drinking too much coffee or too much wine. (Smith)” Marijuana, in fact, has countless healthy benefits unlike all of the side effects one would experience when usin... ... middle of paper ... ...inez, Michael, Miguel Marquez, Ana Cabrera, and Sara Weisfeldt. "10 Things to Know about Nation's First Recreational Marijuana Shops in Colorado."
At some point in the not-too-distant future, America will confront the question of whether or not to legalize the use and cultivation of marijuana. A recent poll shows that support for legalization has reached its highest level since the question was first asked thirty years ago, with 34 percent supporting a liberalization of policy. Among political elites there is a growing consensus that the harsh penalties imposed on those who grow, use, and sell marijuana are disproportionate to its harmful effects. Even among conservatives, opinion seems to be shifting. Whether the change should be welcomed is another matter.