Hemp Plant Legalization

1626 Words7 Pages
“Legalization” It’s no secret that the American government has a tremendous amount of debt. In order to decrease these debts Americans need to be willing to make a few changes. There are many policies which need to be revised within our government. One change that will have a huge effect on the deficit, the moral of American citizens, and increase jobs is the legalization of marijuana. Not only should we legalize marijuana but we also need to legalize the growth and usage of the hemp plant, the plant that marijuana is derived from. Making this change in policy will have a massive effect in many aspects of America. The hemp plant has the potential to become America’s number one cash crop. But it is currently a schedule 1 Controlled substance.…show more content…
It would also decrease deforestation; the hemp plant can be used instead of trees to create many products. It takes less time for the hemp plant to grow than it does trees. We could stop cutting down trees and start using the hemp plant to make the same quality products as trees produce. It can be used to make paper, building materials, and many other products. This would also create more jobs. In addition, if legalized it would decrease criminalization, resulting in fewer people in jail or probation. With less people in jail and on probation it would decrease the amount of money spent to uphold the correctional facilities. The money that the government spends to prevent the usage of marijuana could be used for a more acceptable cause. The national government promotes the “Above the Influence” campaign, which researchers have determined that students may get the wrong impression from. They discovered that since the implementation of the campaign, students are more likely to believe that their peers are using drugs, which makes them more likely to experiment with them. (Teen) While this is not the desired outcome of this government based campaign this is the result it is having on some students. To me it seems pointless to spend the government’s money on programs that do not get the intended…show more content…
You cannot possibly overdose on marijuana. It does however affect your mind state. It leaves you with a feeling of euphoria. Life is stressful; negativity, depression, and anxiety are not healthy. Consuming a little bit of marijuana can help you overcome a stressful day, and maybe even turn your day around. Some of the other effects of THC include; blood shot eyes, increased appetite, and dry mouth. These side effects do not seem dangerous to me. Marijuana is much less addictive than alcohol and the side effects are less severe than that of alcohol which is legal across America with some restrictions. (Katel) Even though the American policies prohibit the use of marijuana it is used every day across America. 22 million Americans admit to smoking marijuana regularly. Thought the entire world there are 190 million people who admit to using marijuana on a regular basis. Marijuana is known as the most used drug on the planet. Every day, nearly 6,000 Americans try marijuana for the first time. The largest groups of marijuana users are college students. Approximately 48 percent of high school students have experimented with this drug. These statistics
Open Document