Although Marijuana is currently illegal and can also bring some harm to the body, it isn't any more harmful than alcohol or tobacco. It actually can be beneficial to the human body. In addition, it has the potential to have huge tax revenue benefits. That could be helpful seeing that the US National Dept is $17 Trillion dollars, and is growing. Legalizing marijuana may not get the US out of dept, but with marijuana popularity growing, there is no reason the federal government shouldn't legalize, tax an regulate the sell of Marijuana for recreational use.
Almost every American has heard of marijuana and its many nicknames such as weed, MJ, Mary Jane, cannabis, etc. “Nearly 100 million Americans use marijuana.” (“About Marijuana”) NORML, an organization that advocates changing marijuana laws, states, “Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America behind alcohol and tobacco.” (“About Marijuana.”) If this many people are using it, why has it not been legalized? Some would say it should remain illegal because it hurts people and is harmful to society. To a point, it can be hurtful to people and harmful to society by creating overeaters and mellowed out, couch-bums; however, marijuana itself has never been shown to kill anyone. It is just like alcohol and tobacco.
The actions taken by the government, both for and against the legalization of marijuana, are an attempt to resolve the controversial usage of this popular drug. People favor the legalization of marijuana for its various benefits such as its medical uses, recreational use, lowering the number of drug dealers and users in jail and on the street, and the more efficient regulation of marijuana legalization would bring. Marijuana has been used as a treatment for many illness and ailments, such as glaucoma, nausea, Tourette’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and even side effects of cancer. Research suggest that its therapeutic use has increased tremendously in just twenty years. In 1992, roughly 93,000 people were treated with marijuana, while by 2010, 353,000 people were treated using medicinal marijuana (“Arguments For And Against The Legalization Of Marijuana” 1).
Recreational marijuana use should be regulated or decriminalized. Tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs are legal drugs in the United States under certain conditions, and although marijuana is less harmful and less impairing, it is illegal and harshly punished. A user under the influence of alcohol tends to present recklessness and violent behavior, where marijuana calms and keeps users controlled (Jonsson). Marijuana, as opposed to other recreational drugs does not promote violence, and marijuana users are usually not involved in other dangerous crimes, such as gun use and speeding. Kayla Morgan states that “It’s nearly impossible to overdose on marijuana, to do so; 1,500 pounds of marijuana would have to be smoked, or otherwise ingested in some form, in under 15 minutes,” (100) whereas users who drink alcohol run the risk of overdosing if they simply exceed their limit by a small amount, alcohol intoxication and overdose is very common.
The Right to Legal Marijuana With alcohol and tobacco butchering substantial portions out of the general public each year, does it really make sense for something that helps people, has so many positive aspects in the medical field, and is natural without the need for additional things to be done to it like marijuana to be illegal? It can be easily understood by most why heavy man-made drugs, such as methamphetamines and LSD, which are almost guaranteed to cause addiction and contain harsh chemicals would be illegal; though marijuana grows naturally and it has been around so long, the exact date it came about cannot be determined for certain. “The earliest cultural evidence of cannabis comes from the oldest known Neolithic culture in China, the Yang-Shao…about 6,500 years ago” (“Why Should Marijuana Be Legal?”). Marijuana was used in many cultures around the world long before the United States created its marijuana laws. The smoking of marijuana, or cannabis, for many of the reasons it is used in present day is in general the main purpose of what it was originally used for, it has undoubtedly had an impact on our lives today.
Unfortunately for half of our nation’s population, the use of the plant, Cannabis, was deemed illegal. “Before 1937, marijuana was freely bought, sold, grown, and smoked in the United States. Since that time, all of these activities have been illegal, but many groups and individuals have fought to decriminalize marijuana” (Rich, par 1). I find this preposterous! I believe that the federal government should look at what the people want, and pass the law making Marijuana legal, but of course having regulations to go along with it.
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The movie was based on the theory that smoking reefer, as marijuana is commonly referred to as, caused people to be “out of there mind” (White). The recreational use of marijuana was believed to have been introduced by immigrants from Mexico. Today, marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America. Surveys prove that marijuana has been used by almost 100 million Americans, with 25 million saying they have smoked marijuana this past year, and more than 14 million saying they smoke marijuana regularly despite the illegal laws against its use (norml.org). No matter how hard the government works in reality the marijuana plant is relatively unregulated.