For my research paper I have chosen a topic, represented by Assembly Bill 9016, that has long been a hot button issue both in the State of New York as well as throughout the nation. The legalization of medical marijuana originated on the West Coast in California but has since seen the inside of legislative chambers in more than half of the states in the Union. Currently 14 states have legalized the use, possession, sale and growth of medical cannabis including some of our Northeastern neighbors in New Jersey, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island. Assembly Bill 9016, “[a]n act to amend the public health law and the general business law, in relation to medical use of marihuana,” has been in and out of committees, even voted on in the Assembly Chambers, for over ten years. Over the years its sponsor, Richard Gottfried, has amended the bill on numerous occasions.
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Which means it has a high potential of being abused (Drug). It also means marijuana has no medicinal value which can be argued with considering several states including Colorado and the District of Colombia has legalized marijuana for its medicinal values. The schedule one law also states that its drugs have potentially severe psychological or physical dependence (Drug). However, only about nine percent of marijuana users become psychologically dependent and it is unknown of a person becoming physically dependent (“Charlottes”…). Since 1946 over fifty percent of the population has supported marijuana legalization whether it is just medicinal or recreational as well.
Therefore, prohibiting it intrudes on personal freedom. On the other hand, opponents argue that marijuana is too dangerous; its legalization would increase the chances of the drug falling into the hands of kids and that marijuana use often progresses to the use of more dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine. In the past decade, a number of movements to legalize the use of marijuana has been gaining momentum. According to the 2011 Gallup survey, a record high 50% of Americans say that marijuana should be legalized and this figure marks a 4% increase compared to the previous year. Support for legalizing marijuana was 30% in 2000, 40% in 2009 before reaching 50% last year.
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Marijuana should be legalized for three main reasons: as a crop, it’d bring in billions, it’d drop the crime activity, and marijuana has many health benefits. Marijuana As A Crop As a crop, cannabis would bring in more money than corn and wheat combined; around 100 billion dollars annually. The illegal market of it already brings in 10 to 100 billion yearly. If cannabis were to become legal, there’s a possibility that it’d even pass the smartphone market. Just imagine it: a country where the smartphone market makes less money than a plant.
California has helped alleviated its own economic crisis with legalized marijuana for medical purposes. California is considering legalizing marijuana for general use. Current polls show that nearly 60% of California residents favor this proposal. (Green, 2010) (Aberration, 2010) The Combat Zone: Legalization to combat our current economic crisis or is it a pretext to new economic woes? Opposition: There are many argume... ... middle of paper ... ...ll.
Marijuana 2 While it seems that numbers are steadily increasing, to legalize marijuana, there are still many states who have yet to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Many of the public feel that, due to the recent legalization of medical marijuana, the U.S. is a step closer to legalization marijuana for use by the general public. Choosing to legalize marijuana for the general public will cause an increase in users and put users health at risk, both mentally and physically. In 1937, a legislation was passed, the marijuana tax act, giving the government control over the drug which made it illegal. Twenty years later, harsher laws with mandatory sentences for any drug convictions were put in place.