Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1087 Words Nov 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Grass, not from your lawn
Grass, hemp, wacky tabaccy, ganja, and many other names are what you might have heard as slang for marijuana. It is a cannabis plant that is most commonly used when the leaves are shredded and then hand rolled into cigarettes to be smoke. Many people see marijuana as a gateway drug, leading to other more hardcore drugs. Which is why it has been made illegal by the United States Federal Government in all 50 states. But some states have decided the federal government does not know what the people of their state do or do not need, so they have legalized marijuana for either just medical or recreational as well. This action by some states has lead to people wondering; does allowing a state to take action that opposes or violates federal law undermine the government’s authority? In order to reach an answer for this question we will need to look at both sides of the subject, the federal government and the states’.
The federal government makes decisions for the general good of the people of the United States of America. Any laws or statues put in place by them is to keep the population as whole of the U.S. safe. Harry J. Anslinger, the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, took the first step of outlawing marijuana by proposing the Marijuana tax act of 1937. The act didn’t make the usage of marijuana illegal but rather posed, at the time, a high tax on anyone in the market of it, as well as enforcement and penalty provisions that marijuana handlers…

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