The legalization of marijuana has been a hot topic in the media for many years now. There is a major divide in those who believe it should be legal, those who do not, and those who think it could be legal with modifications on the usage. The number of those who support the legalization of marijuana is on the rise with nearly 50% supporting recreational marijuana legalization, and 81% supporting marijuana legalization for medical treatment as of 2015 ("Public Support for Marijuana Legalization, 2015”). Marijuana should be legalized on a federal level because it is safer than alcohol, it will increase the economy, and there is an unfair criminalization of marijuana.
Growing up, I’ve always been taught that drugs are bad, and my parents have always told me that there is nothing good to them. I remember taking D.A.R.E in fifth grade, learning how marijuana was bad for you and that you should go to jail if you use it. My teachers and parents were my role models though, so I took in everything they told me as a fact, until now. Now I realize that drugs are a good thing. Drugs are a way of life, and they are used by millions of people everyday. There are drugs such as advil, which is used to help patients who suffer from many things, including headaches and fevers. But the drug i’m talking about is marijuana.
Another benefit accrued through legalizing marijuana would be a significant reduction in crime rates. Since Marijuana is currently illegal, it is sold on the streets country wide. Thousands purchase the drug from dealers, putting their lives and reputations at risk, simply because it is the only method to attain it. Both drug dealers and gangs fight to sell the drug in the street, causing their deaths and the deaths of innocent people. Legalizing the drug help decrease the street wars and gang violence by taking the “right” to sell out of the hands of dealers, and into the hands of the government. Since the drug will be legalized, it will be available in the same locations as cigarettes and alcohol, decreasing crime
Marijuana has been used in religious ceremonies or for medical purposes for thousands of years. I have always been against the use of Marijuana up until four years ago when my husband at the age of twenty seven underwent invasive surgery on his knee and has never been the same since. Colorado took a huge step several years ago legalizing marijuana for medical use and in recent years took the plunge to legalize it for recreational use. Marijuana is not always a bad thing nor is it always a good thing. A lot of people will compare it to any other mind altering substance and have very valid points. I would rather have a loved one or myself smoke marijuana or ingest it, instead of popping pain pills or other harmful substances put on the market by the pharmaceutical industry; Recreational use can be safe and accepting if it is regulated correctly and used responsibly.
The subject of marijuana legalization has been an exceedingly popular discussion topic in recent years and, as time goes on, only seems to grow more popular. This discussion has resulted in many arguments that support marijuana’s legalization. One popular argument says that since alcohol is worse for you, and alcohol is legal, marijuana should be legalized. However, this argument that marijuana should be legalized because marijuana’s effects when consumed or smoked are better than those of alcohol is a purposeless argument. This argument fails to consider the many negative effects marijuana would have on the individual, environment, and, society.
Marijuana is a well known drug that a lot of people have used either by smoking, or remedial way. There are many names use for it, such as weed, mary-jane and grass. Marijuana is one of the most debate and controversial issue; it has been an extensive debate with a valid argument in the United State today. Arguments for legalizing marijuana are not just an easy pros and cons argument in both national and local media. There have been growth rates of marijuana use among adults and youth in the United States, and this have made the headlines. There are different approaches and opinion to each arguments. There are three main arguments, the medicinal use, recreational, and the government enforcement. However, there are many positive points to support
Marijuana usage is a topic that has been discussed for some time now but the recent medical and recreational legalization of this drug has brought about a new area of unchartered territory. The business industry will have to revise many of their employment and safety requirements. After viewing some current policies many businesses are likely to be forced to established new protocols for intra and inner state practices. There are many types of complications as to why the marijuana usage laws should stay at the federal level and not within the state.
Legalization of medical use began in 1996 with California, and legalization for recreational use began in Colorado and Washington in 2012. Although marijuana use is still technically illegal under the federal government, there are twenty-six states, plus Washington DC, that allow some form of use. Of these, twenty-one have legalized medical use, eight have legalized both medical and recreational use, and five will no longer sentence jail time for possessing small amounts. All of these legalizations have happened in the last twenty years, showing just how much support has grown recently. In 2006 and again in 2016, Pew Research Center took a poll in which they asked people of all ages about legalization. In the ten years, the support for legalizing went up by thirty-two percent. (6.) It is very obvious from this data that support for this movement is growing, and it will continue to grow.
There are many controversial topics that are discussed in our society and when we discuss these issues we sometimes can come into conflicts on deciding what is the right decision to make because there are too many perspectives. A controversial issue that has been in America for years and has recently become more popular is the issues of the legalization of marijuana. Should marijuana be legalized? Is the popular question that no one seems to have a solid answer to. In recent New York Times articles, they have covered the topic of the Legalization of Marijuana; all articles differ in opinion about what the necessary precautions are for this issues. After reading and analyzing the articles, one could agree that Marijuana should be legalized because it will stop racial discriminations, lessen the rate of crime and help certain health issues.
In American the issue on the legalization of marijuana has quickly become controversial. Whether people smoke it or not, they all have their own thoughts and opinions on it. Many are against the idea of legalizing marijuana, but there are a number of those who still fight for the idea of it. We can find many reasons for and against this issue, but the argument against it unbeatably outweighs the others. Our country has outlawed this drug for good reasons and it needs to stay outlawed.
Marijuana Legalization has many positives which can help society. New jobs are created and income can increase. “In 2015, the legal marijuana industry in Colorado created more than 18,000 new full-time jobs and generated $2.4 billion in economic activity, “ ( Article Washington Post). New Jobs
Legalizing pot can help with the overcrowded jails, and if sold in legal operations it will increase the states revenue. “In 1992, James Gierach ran for Cook County state's attorney on a platform of addressing drugs as a medical and economic issue instead of a criminal problem- and ending the arrests of nonviolent users” (Cannabis Crusader). If we don’t legalize marijuana the judicial system will continue to incarcerate people for the simple possession of marijuana. These cases are normally defended by court appointed public defenders whose caseloads are normally full of possession of marijuana charges. Our jails will continue to be overcrowded with nonviolent offenders who may be there based on small quantities of possession. When we look back into the issue of increased revenue for the states we can see an area that Politian’s normally consider when deciding if marijuana should be legalized or not. Will legalizing marijuana be for the good of the majority or the minority? Even in Canada, “The new call is to legalize it completely and regulate its production and sale, much as is done with alcohol, is in stark contrast to the governing Conservatives, who've included stiffer penalties for marijuana possession in their omnibus tough-on-crime bill” (Liberals Endorse Legalizing Marijuana). Due to the current state of the economy many states are barely making it and they see the money that Colorado is making, and that they to could make from legalizing marijuana as a way out. Recently while introducing the House Joint Resolution 140 (which will research the benefits of selling marijuana at ABC stores), Virginia Delegate David Englin stated, “Right now people are smoking marijuana secretly, they’re spending money on it and it’s going into the hands of criminals. This legislation just seeks to find out how much money we could potentially be
The use of cannabis, also known as marijuana or hemp, goes back centuries around the world in several cultures. Seventy nine years ago, in 1937 the united states passed the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which banned the usage of cannabis or sale of cannabis related products. There wasn’t enough time to oppose the new act when pharmacists realized the term marijuana meant cannabis because back in the 1930’s the term cannabis was the medical term for marijuana, while marijuana was a slang term. The Food and Drug Association (FDA) along with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) illegalized the use and sale of cannabis/marijuana under false pretenses, along with pharmacists/doctors not fully backing the law up with little knowledge of what the plant
Cannabis which is more commonly known as marijuana is considered a psychoactive drug and is used as a medicine and is also used for religious and spiritual reasons. Cannabis or “marijuana” is usually taken to heighten moods, euphoria, relaxation, and an increase in desire for food. The earliest recorded use of cannabis was as early as the 3rd millennium BC and was used for rituals. Much evidence was found near various locations in the world that exhibit cannabis was used for consumption and for medicinal purposes, smoke for rituals and trances for meditation.
A nine billion dollar commodity saving another eleven billion dollars in resources and time in incarcerations from law enforcement, the fight for legalization favours the name deserving, multi purpose drug, marijuana. The advantageous substance should be legalized and used for many purposes including medical and recreational use. Among many points proving the practicality and purpose of marijuana, marijuana is an herb that contributes to the treatment of illnesses: glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis and commonly found, asthma and many more sicknesses exposed to the general public. Opposing arguments suggest that marijuana kills human brain cells and it has a lasting negative effect on a particular individual; however, it is not true. Misguided