Computer And Literacy: Legalizing Marijuana

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South University Legalizing Marijuana Computer and Literacy ITS 1000 Michael L Smith October 18, 2013 Michael L. Smith Computer and Literacy: ITS 1000 Instructor: Carmen Flores October 18, 2013 Legalizing Marijauna In regards to illicit drugs, an epidemic that has a stronghold on our country caused a movement. That movement was and still is today, “the war on drugs”. Illegal drugs enters this country at an unexplainable alarming rate. In the United States alone the drug market is one of the most profitable in the world. (Agency, 2004) My intent is not to focus on the profitability of illegal drugs but the debate of legalization in particularly marijuana. I ask the following question to be reflected as a thought in mind. My…show more content…
(Clark, n.d.) In November 2012, voters in Washington and Colorado agreed to directly challenge the federal marijuana prohibition and legalize the growing, selling and consuming of marijuana for all people age 21 and older. State officials have spent the last few months working on regulatory schemes that would not run afoul of federal authorities, who have so far taken a hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement in both states. (Clark, n.d.) What message does this send to the users of marijauna and to those who continue to sell and distribute marijuana illegally? In part, that's because legalizing drugs takes away a significant deterrent against drug use. Moreover, for as long as we have monitored drug use, we have seen that whenever there is a decrease in the percentage of young people who perceive marijuana use as harmful, the percentage of users increases. Inevitably, legalization would suggest to young people that marijuana is not harmful -- thereby knocking down a powerful barrier to use. And even worse, because laws are rightly perceived by citizens in our democracy as the expression of national values, legalization would imply that marijuana use is an accepted -and acceptable -- social practice. For many teenagers, that would intensify the already severe peer pressure they face to use…show more content…
Majority of marijuana users never use any other illicit drugs. Marijuana is an independent variable, it does not cause the use of harder drug. Individuals who have tried less popular drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD, probably have tried marijuana, but is not the cause of the use of a harder drug of choice. In fact people who prefer marijauna never use any other illegal drugs and the vast majority of those who do try another drug never become addicted or go on to have associated problems, Indeed, for the large majority of people, marijuana is their limit, a so called gateway
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