California Proposition 215 Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana

2207 Words9 Pages
ROUGH DRAFT I. Introduction The legalization of drugs has been a controversial topic and key issue pertaining to many individuals, both users and non-users. The debates regarding the use and production of drugs is being argued on both sides but with drug trafficking continually increasing and the production of marijuana specifically growing, it brings about a variety of issues. California Proposition 215 was introduced in 1996 concerning the use of medical cannabis. Marijuana is a drug that is common among society but what does it really consist of? II. History: All of the marijuana preparations people use for their psychoadictive properties derive from the cannabis plant. The first written accounts of cannabis cultivation appear in…show more content…
Davis, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, before the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control of the U.S. House of Representatives on March 14, 1977. Proposals regarding marijuana laws; Enduring and debilitating effects of marijuana use; Scientific finding that the marijuana user does not perceive the motivational effect of his use until a sense of motivation returns subsequent to his giving up marijuana; Historical evidence that when drugs are readily available, their use increases. 4. Legalizing Marijuana: Why Citizens Should Just Say No Abstract: (Stimson, 2010) This November, California voters will consider a ballot initiative, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010. Scientific research is clear that marijuana is addictive and that its use significantly impairs bodily and mental functions. Even where decriminalized, marijuana trafficking remains a source of violence, crime, and social disintegration. Furthermore, studies have shown that legalized marijuana will provide nowhere near the economic windfall proclaimed by some proponents. The RCTCA addresses neither the practical problems of implementation nor the fact that federal law prohibits marijuana production, distribution, and possession. There is strong evidence to suggest that legalizing marijuana would serve little purpose other than to worsen the state’s drug problems—addiction, violence, disorder, and death. While long on rhetoric, the legalization movement, by contrast, is short on
Open Document