However, marijuana is one of the most misunderstood drugs on the market. Keeping it illegal just causes more problems. Fully legalizing marijuana, while making sure it is controlled with limitations much like alcohol and tobacco, would boost our economy, bring in more jobs, and medically help many people. Even with the inevitable negatives that come with the legalization, it is definitely safe to say that the positives outweigh those negatives. The source for what we like to call “hemp” or “marijuana” is the cannabis plant.
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For decades, the United States government and anti-marijuana lobbyists have used misleading information and propaganda to demonize and keep marijuana illegal. The current laws regarding marijuana are fueled by prejudicial moral attitudes based on biased information, half-truths, and exaggerated myths of the danger it poses, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Once these misconceptions are removed, it is obvious that the legalization of marijuana poses less of a risk compared to already socially acceptable legal drugs, like alcohol and tobacco, and will not cause the downfall of society as many fear. In addition, legalization will have a positive economic advantage, taking marijuana out of the hands of dangerous drug cartels and opening a market for domestic production and sales. This additional revenue generated by regulated and taxed marijuana sales, as well as the money saved on law enforcement and imprisonment of offenders can be used on more important domestic issues.
Is marijuana really that harmful? Researchers have proven that marijuana is in fact a harmful drug, however, in comparison to other drugs, the effects are minimal. In the past decade, one issue has been revisited over and over again: The debate whether or not marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes. Many states have already passed laws legalizing marijuana for medicinal reasons. Marijuana should be legalized regardless.
Marijuana has long been the subject of many heated debates and political platforms. With lack of un-biased materials on marijuana, it quickly became victim to publications and political propaganda in the early 1900s. Richard Isralowits writes, “Publications from the period had such titles as Marijuana-Sex Crazy Drug Menace, Marijuana-The Weed of Madness, and Marijuana: Assassin of Youth”(Use of Marijuana,105). Surely in this modern age and heightened public awareness our marijuana laws, drafted in a time of extreme bias, have got to be obsolete. Although many people still have strong opinions against the legalisation of marijuana, after review of current un-biased studies and reports they will find that this is not the case.
Should Marijuana Be Legalized in the United States of America? In light of recent laws allowing Cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, to be prescribed for medicinal purposes, the question has been raised: Should marijuana be legalized in the United States? (“Marijuana”). With recent studies refuting many common anti-marijuana beliefs, international perceptions are increasingly shifting towards the side its supporting legalization. Most scientists agree that the toxicity of marijuana has been exaggerated and does not earn it a place in the same drug category as heroin and other heavy drugs (“Marijuana Is Not Addictive).
As the years pass, marijuana is being viewed as a “normal” drug and although some disagree, they find no reason to discourage users. Marijuana has serious side effects and with a little knowledge could change the choices of individuals. In order to protect friend, family, and the community, it is necessary to recognize the disadvantages it has on individuals. By the enlarged number of marijuana users in the United States, the negative effects it has on the body, lives of individuals, and legal consequences should cause a realization that marijuana should continue to be illegal and avoided. Marijuana has been a problem since the early 1900s and continues to create problems.
This ban stifles the growth of a crop with a multitude of potential uses. While there is limited, current, research available on the marijuana plant, what is available shows cannabis to be a potentially valuable socio-economic crop. Although the positive implications for growing this crop are near limitless, none of them are viable with the current federal ban on cannabis place. Federally legalizing marijuana would allow hemp production, change the drug classification of cannabis, and increase revenue to the U.S. Agriculture The marijuana plant has many agricultural benefits that could benefit the U.S. One such use could be land reclamation. There are areas in the U.S. where pollution from heavy metals in the soil has caused the land to be condemned and hazardous for human use.
Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others”. After a series of statements like this Congress passed the bill and Marijuana became officially illegal. This was hard to believe since less than a decade before the government encouraged the growing of hemp because of its many uses. The main reason Marijuana is still illegal is mainly due to misconceptions about the drug, and conservatives who would not stand for it….Until they are diagnosed with Glaucoma, Cancer, or Aids; That might change there view a bit.