Marijuana and Prohibition

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Abraham Lincoln, one of our country’s greatest leaders once said, “Prohibition ... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes ... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” The prohibition of marijuana goes hand and hand with this quote. Marijuana prohibition acts enforced by the government have legally banned the usage of marijuana in the country, but over the years the prohibition of marijuana has become a crime of itself. Due to the marijuana prohibition, the Mexican drug trade has begun a war between drug cartels and the United States Government. Thousands of lives have been lost, yet the prohibition acts have been a failure. The crime that legal marijuana poses compared to the crime of the prohibition is insignificant. Lives, resources, and time have been poorly spent in enforcing a law that misleads the public. In other words, the marijuana prohibition law has committed a crime of depriving the public of their rights to use recreational marijuana. In spite of the marijuana prohibition acts that enforce the ban on marijuana, marijuana should be legalized because it can be a beneficial to its users health, it has the potential to be a profitable industry, and it has a lower toxic level than already legal substances alcohol and tobacco.
A common misconception of marijuana is that it can be harmful to one’s health, but it has been proven to be non harmful and have the effect of improving one’s health. Drug Policy alliance, a trusted source published an article outlining facts about marijuana. The author writes, “Marijuana has been shown to be effective in reducing the nause...

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