The Issue Of Legalizing Marijuana

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“In any civilized society, it is every citizen’s responsibility to obey just laws. But at the same time, it is every citizen’s responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Martin Luther King Jr. The topic of legalizing marijuana is a very conversational issue in American politics today. Although many malicious claims have been made about marijuana, the truths are slowly beginning to resurface. Unfortunately, these truths are under heavy criticism due to the stereotypical view of what people view as atypical “pot smoker”. This is the problem with society. Those who don’t know enough facts or realizations about the topic, automatically go with what everyone else believes is right without even learning about it. Which is a result into misinformation spread by those who don’t even necessarily know exactly what they are talking about? Marijuana can be used for medical purposes, but it is no less harmful than alcohol or Tabaco if used in moderation, and it could be a source of additional tax revenues. Many people are for the issue of legalizing marijuana and many people are against it. Younger people are much more likely to favor making marijuana legal than older people. As of 2014 around 60 percent of those American’s 18-29 years old favor making marijuana legal. For those 65 and older the percentage drops by nearly half to about 33 percent. To say that marijuana has been given a bad rap over the past years is an understatement. Most Americans believe that marijuana is a dangerous addictive drug that has destroyed the lives of millions of teens as well as adults, and then what is alcohol? According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 37,000 annual U.S deaths, including 1,400 in Colorado, are attributed to alc... ... middle of paper ... ...ld. Those who support its legalization, for medical or for general use, fail to recognize that the greatest costs of marijuana are not related to its prohibition; they are the costs resulting from marijuana use itself. There is a common misconception that the principle costs of marijuana use are those related to the criminal justice system. This is a false premise. Caulkins & Sevigny (2005) found that the percentage of people in prison for marijuana use is less than one half of one percent. In conclusion, compared to alcohol, marijuana is so much less harmful. Legalizing marijuana for medical use will also have huge benefits on society. Doctors can prescribe marijuana to patients, healing them from discomfort, the effects of alcohol have proven to be far worse than the effects of marijuana, and legalizing marijuana will bring in much needed money to our government.

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