The Legalization Of Marijuana Should Be Legal

1767 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
Abraham Lincoln said, "Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason, in that it attempts to control a man 's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.” This statement is still relevant in today’s society regarding the illegal use of marijuana. Citizens for the legalization and regulation of marijuana have proposed that legalization would reduce the profits of criminals, direct law enforcement dollars to more serious crimes and gain a new source of tax revenue (Government of Canada, 2016). People against legalizing marijuana argue that is not a harmless drug. They believe that legalizing it might encourage more people to use it recklessly, predominantly youth and that organized crime would continue to find a way to thrive (Shireen, 2016). In Canada, the legalization of marijuana would have far-reaching benefits from a medical stand point in treating illness and economically by increasing revenue for government, creating legitimate business opportunities and job creation.
Cannabis Sativa – A plant that has been used throughout history to treat illnesses, a plant that many fear as a result of the unknown, a plant that many have become captivated by, a plant that is largely misunderstood. This plant is globally known as marijuana. Medical marijuana, although legal in Canada and the United States, has many limitations. It takes a long time to obtain the prescription and most doctors are hesitant to prescribe it, even if it could be life…
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