Marijuana Should Be Legalized

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In a country where tobacco products and alcohol are legal, I have always wondered, why not cannabis? Why did this plant still have the stigma of being illegal when it does not cause any deaths, is not nearly as physically addicting, nor as harmful as its legal counterparts? Clearly, the law of marijuana prohibition is one that is up for debate and one that is up for change. Currently, many state laws have been passed that are either decriminalizing marijuana or allowing it for purely medicinal purposes. Although these laws are moving towards legalization, they do not come close to the actual goal. The definition of “legalization” advocates are striving to reach refers to legalized wholesale production, distribution, and sale to all marijuana users even for recreational purposes. Citizens have to realize that legalization is a realistic change that our country might be facing in the near future. Although liberals are leading the fight to end prohibition while conservatives are helping the law stand firm, this fight should not be one divided by political party. Every individual ought to be educated on the issue before saying yes or no to legalization. Before voting on this issue, I ask: What would the country actually be like if marijuana was legal? Legalization of marijuana would undoubtedly result in an increase of freedom of choice for US citizens. Many cannabis users deem that if people can go buy a bottle of wine after dinner, they should be able to buy a joint as well. Opponents to the idea believe that it is illogical to legalize yet another psychoactive drug even though it is far less addictive and harmful. They believe it will only cause more problems to society than we already have (Pediatrics... ... middle of paper ... ...olubek, William. “Medical Risks and Toxicology.” The Pot Book. Ed. Julie Holland. Rochester, VT: Park Street, 2010. 141-53. Print. Joffe, Alain, and Samuel Yancy. “Legalization of Marijuana: Potential Impact on Youth.” Pediatrics (2004). Pediatrics. American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. Levine, Harry. “Arrest Statistics and Racism.” The Pot Book. Ed. Julie Holland. Rochester, VT: Park Street, 2010. 202-207. Print. Marvin, Carloline B., and Carl L. Hart. “Cannabis and Cognition.” The Pot Book. Ed. Julie Holland. Rochester, VT: Park Street, 2010. 161-78. Print. Miron, Jeffrey A. The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition. Washington, D.C.: Marijuana Policy Project, 2005. Print. Pierre, Allen. “Cannabis Laws in the United States.” The Pot Book. Ed. Julie Holland. Rochester, VT: Park Street, 2010. 73 – 130. Print.

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