Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1436 Words Dec 7th, 2015 6 Pages
The legalization of marijuana has always been both a social and political issue. As of currently the direction of most debates about marijuana concern drug liberalization as the nation gets more and more progressive with marijuana. Quite recently, a few states have went forward and legalized marijuana for recreational use, and even Canada has taken its first step towards marijuana legalization. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan organization that provides information about the issues, attitudes, and trends changing America, as of 2015, the support for marijuana is finally outpacing the opposition. In 2012, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug with at least 49% of Americans say they have tried marijuana. However, even with increasing support for marijuana, both the government and the media still consider marijuana a threat. The reason why marijuana is illegal today and why marijuana users continue to be stigmatized by the media, stem from the 1970’s and how the government manipulated the information regarding marijuana for its own agenda.
To understand how America came to believe that marijuana users were dangerous and a threat to America, one must go back to Richard Nixon’s and Ronald Reagan’s presidency and their stance towards marijuana. In order to shift public perceptions negatively towards marijuana, Nixon and Reagan began this massive war against drugs and were…

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