Should Marijuana Be Legal?

1464 Words Apr 29th, 2015 6 Pages
While marijuana is a potentially harmful drug to those who use it, but it is really no more dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes. Both of these are harmful to the user and they have many fatalities connected to each, directly or indirectly. Marijuana has been on prohibition for far too long now and states are starting to realize that. Marijuana is in our culture, it always has been, and it has medical benefits and can help our economy by putting tax dollars into the system.
Marijuana has been used for centuries for religious and medicinal purposes around the world. Jack Herer, best known for his work, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, said that hemp “possessed a near-limitless potential for replacing petrochemical and timber productions and phasing out environmentally destructive industries” (Lee). President Richard Nixon saw marijuana as a tool to use for a political advantage (Lee). He “declared at a press conference in June 1971, "Public Enemy No. 1 in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive." declared at a press conference in June 1971, "Public Enemy No. 1 in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive" (Starobin). Congress soon passed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970 and then the commission that was supposed to assess the dangers of marijuana was stacked with “drug war hawks” but still came out which lead to…

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