Should Marijuana Be Banned?

909 Words Nov 15th, 2014 4 Pages
Marijuana is now partially decriminalized in 24 states including DC and legal for recreational use in 4 states. Due to new medical studies, and the consequences on those convicted from use of the most common illicit drug in the world, the United States is being forced to rethink its stance on the matter. The fundamental argument about Marijuana in this country is: should Marijuana continue to be prohibited to citizens based on its health effects and/or medicinal values?
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world. With millions of people using it regularly and almost 100 million that have ever used it in this country, the laws behind this drug hold great influence and power. It is because of the emergence of new evidence though, that the justification behind prohibition of this drug is being rethought scientifically, socially, and economically. The use of Marijuana as both medicine and a recreational drug is being thoroughly questioned in the US. 20 states including DC now have Marijuana approved in some form, many of those for medical purposes. However, those users can still, and do get placed into prison by federal law. In 2012, the total number of marijuana arrests accounts for 48% of all drug arrests in the US. 87% of these arrests were for possession only, a total of 658,231. Another 91,593 were arrested for sale or manufacturing charges. This staggering fact means that a marijuana user is arrested for possession every 48 seconds.…
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