It has limited the treatment possibilities of the ill as marijuana can be prescribed for various sicknesses (Fisher, par. 1). The benefits of legalizing marijuana by far out way the losses of continuing to keep it illegal. There are flaws on both ends of the spectrum, but it is clear is the regulation and legalization of marijuana will give government additional revenue through taxation, reduce spending allocated to enforcing the law, and increase the availability of medicinal treatment (Single 10:457). Looking back on American history, alcohol at one point in time was against the law.
It is going to be done illegal or legal. If it were to be legalized, the government could watch over it (no mixing of drugs). Also, since there seems to be an age limit and everything, such as alcohol and cigarettes, an age limit could be put on marijuana. As I stated above, there are many factors that are contributed to the legality of drugs. It is the government’s decision to determine which, and though some disagree, it is for the welfare of the country.
In a laissez-faire economy, the market would determine how much and if machines would be used to grow and tend marijuana. People would have the freedom to purchase marijuana, and no one would be forced into buying it if they had moral believes against it. The problem that arises in this situation is the idea of public safety and morality against freedom of businesses. Many people would feel unsafe because marijuana is known as a “gateway” drug, leading people into a life of addiction to more serious drugs. In addition, many believe that because marijuana is in fact a drug it is morally unjust to use it.
Also, it’s known for a fact that marijuana has a high rate for addiction. Some people also believe that marijuana is accepted as medical use; however this is not true. In my eyes, marijuana is illegal for extremely powerful reasons, and it should stay that way. As... ... middle of paper ... ...ere is a side affect of this individual drug. As stated before, marijuana affect our health, such as short term memory and our logical thinking.
It is often referred to as a gate way drug and believed to open the door to harsher dangerous drugs. It is also looked down upon due to its mild altering effects on the user. People are worried that when people use it their impaired judgment will lead them to make unwise decisions and in danger their life and lives of those around them. As stated in an article on the Marijuana Today website, there are possible side effects to using marijuana. Immediate side effects include loss of restlessness, excitement, mood swings, increased appetite, impaired coordination, impaired ... ... middle of paper ... ...like alcohol and tobacco are legal with little to no positive benefits, marijuana has a right to be as well.
Marijuana is a drug “used because its primary active chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may induce relaxation and heighten the senses” ("National Drug Intelligence Center"). Despite the ill effects of this drug, such as loss of brain cells, impaired judgment, and many more, marijuana is being used for medical purposes, to treat a variety of diseases and pain. With marijuana being used for medical purposes, marijuana has now become legalized in many states. How can you legalize an illegal drug? Legalizing a substance abusing drug is considered morally wrong, as society has a general set of principles and a preconceived notion that anything illegal is immoral.
Despite being a profitable crop and a helpful heath product, illegalization occurred. Innocent people were criminalized. The act of prohibition should be reversed and marijuana should be legalized. Marijuana has less harmful side effects than two popular legal drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Even abuse of caffeine, found in many soft drinks, may have a more negative effect on the human body.
While other groups argue that the use of substances is irrelevant, since it is based on the will of the user, and again others may argue that marijuana use can potentially be beneficial in medical contexts; not only that, but financially viable too. One must then determine whether it is ethical for the US Government to control and regulate Marijuana—as it does already, by federally banning it?—or if not, does legalization necessitate the resolution of this ethical dilemma? In order to understand whether Government regulation is ethical, one must understand why the drug itself is considered illegal and thus unethical as well. As mentioned before, Marijuana is considered a “gateway drug.” The idea that “softer” drugs lead to “harder” ones implies that an increasing severity of crime will follow—due to each drug carrying an innate quality of varying illegality. However, one must consider multiple perspectives.
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.
The current interest of legalizing the use of marijuana has led to two arguments: The entrance of people into the field of drug abuse, and the insistence that people believe marijuana is not a detrimental drug compared to alcohol and tobacco (Bloomquist, 1967). With the strict laws prohibiting the use of marijuana, individuals have decided to use their own methods to obtain marijuana illegally. This type of criminal behavior causes the police to arrest individuals for marijuana violation (Bloomquist, 1967). This convinces proponents to believe that the current laws have restricted and violated people’s constitutional rights to smoke marijuana instead of tobacco or instead of drinking alcohol (Bloomquist, 1967).