In fact, legalizing marijuana would only make the situation much worse. Although many people argue both sides, it seems to come down to the question of "what will the people actually use this substance for?" Some say medical purposes, others say just for a quick high, but, no matter what way you look at it, marijuana is dangerous and it is not something Americans should have freely being distributed on their streets. Arguments have been made that if marijuana is legalized then the gang wars and drug money killings that go on will stop, along with the black market and criminal activities that are related to drug sales and use. In actuality, most cases of drug related violence and crime are "committed not only because people want to buy drugs, but more often because people use drugs" (Claim I 1).
Those opposed to the legalization of the cannabis plant in a September 11th 2003 article claim that with legalization of cannabis will come further problems. They say that legalization would lead to greater drug use especially with children as well as drug trafficking from legalized areas. They claim the tobacco and alcohol cause enough problems and there is no reason to add a new product into the mix. The claim is also made that drugs such as cannabis lead to poverty, crime, and violence. They argue that although the drug war cannot be completely successful it is worth it to slow down drug trade and that truly very few people are brought up on a simple possession charge of cannabis.
Legalization of Marijuana Take A Closer Look Those who oppose legalizing marijuana tell us that legalizing it would be seriously detrimental. Are they looking at the facts? Or do they just believe the same myths that our parents created when they were trying to stop us from becoming drug addicts? Let&rsquos take a closer look at the facts. Violence surrounding drug dealing would be lessened by legalizing marijuana because small time drug dealers would essentially be forced out of business.
I personally believe that legalizing the drug across the United States of America would help fight its usage and save us a lot of cash (Marijuana, 1999). “Prohibition does not work. Education and treatment are better ways to address the drug problem” (Marijuana, 1999). Prohibition has failed to ... ... middle of paper ... ... criminal gangs like the Al-Qaeda and the Mexican drug war lords. This is because smuggling and foreign cultivation would not be extremely profitable.
There are two main reasons some Americans voice against the legalization of marijuana; it’s a so-called “gateway” drug and it can be harmful. People like to argue and say that users of cocaine, meth, heroine, etc would never have started abusing these drugs if they would not have started with marijuana. It is a fact that marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. This may seem like a point against legalizing it, but it actually points out how it makes sense that drug users would have used marijuana. If marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, then chances are that drug users would have tried marijuana at some point in their life.
Marijuana is one of the prime adversaries on the outlook of America’s war on drugs. Numerous people crave this drug to be permissible and readily available similar to tobacco and alcohol. While it is mind-boggling that two life-threatening substances such as tobacco and alcohol are legal, it is only fair to inquire why marijuana is illegal. While some argue that legalizing marijuana would significantly decrease the America’s prison system and save the states billions of dollars, others believe that the usage of marijuana may increase and deliberately get in to the hands of minors. Those who are in favor for marijuana legalization consider the ‘War on Drugs’ as an expensive disappointment.
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.
The NIDA published many claims concerning marijuana use, but they did not have evidence to support their claims (Weir 26). This misinformation and the government’s campaign against marijuana made the legalization of marijuana impossible. Marijuana is a harmless drug, but it has not been legalized because people believe most of the anti-marijuana claims. Research studies have proven that marijuana helps the individual experience a sense of well being, relieves fatigue, stimulates the appetite, and induces a feeling of mild stimulation (McDonough 50). Another advantage of marijuana is that experienced users can control the degree and quality of the intoxication by “coming down” when it is necessary to perform (McDonough 50).
In my own opinion I believe marijuana should be the only dug legalized. It’s inevitable that the drug trade will always be a problem to the society and it’s the government’s responsibility to reduce it and actually make a profit from drug legalization.
Releasing this drug to a greater population would increase the chances of it falling into the hands of children and causing harm to those around the abuser. Also, marijuana is considered a “gate-way” drug, or a drug leading to the usage of methamphetamine, heroin, or any ‘harder’ drugs and its addiction is difficult to overcome. Many believe that its legalization would solve the economic crisis , but would placing the United States population in harm’s way be worth the monetary benefits? Marijuana, when inhaled, has many harmful effects. According to the NIDA, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “…marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory.” All of these symptoms of ‘getting high’ are similar to that of alcohol intoxication and may permanently damage the brain.