Unfortunately for them, there is no evidence that the prohibition of marijuana reduces the net social risks. In fact, States with marijuana decriminalization had lower overall drugs abuse rates and had lower accident rates than states without decriminalization. In Alaska, accident rates held constant or declined following the legalization of personal use of marijuana. Recent U.S. government statistics show that the highest rates of hard drugs abuse were in Nevada and Arizona, which are the states with the strongest marijuana laws. Marijuana legalization would have social benefits.
Mohamed Alamoudi Why We Should Legalize Marijuana Many people believe that legalizing marijuana is only an issue of importance to “stoners” and other stigmatized groups in society; they couldn’t be more wrong. Marijuana is much less unhealthy than prohibition propaganda would lead you to believe. Furthermore, the government wastes vast resources on prosecuting and incarcerating nonviolent marijuana users. For these reasons, the United States should legalize and tax marijuana. The examples of the Netherlands and Portugal show that decriminalizing marijuana does not lead to “pot epidemics”.
While marijuana comes from the earth and is natural, man makes alcohol. Some would say the alcohol is worse for you because it is man made. On the other hand, moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and greater longevity. Marijuana has also never been linked to cause lung cancer, unlike tobacco. So the question remains to how long marijuana will be illegal, or if it will ever be legalized.
The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the concentration of THC. The amount of THC in hemp is much lower at approximately 0.3% compared to marijuana which can be anywhere from 5-25%. The fact that hemp contains THC has been a major argument for not legalizing it in the United States. The truth is hemp has such a low concentration of THC a recreational marijuana smoker could smoke an acre of it and get nothing more than a headache for their efforts. (Earlywine) Hemp has been cultivated world wide throughout history with the earliest use dating back more than 8000 years ago in Taiwan.
They believe that since alcohol and cigarettes are more dangerous so why shouldn’t it be legal if regulated in a similar manner. Many people are curious to see how this works for Colorado. With the passing of Amendment 64, marijuana will be distributed under the same guidelines as alcohol; meaning residents must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and possess the drug. Alcohol can lead to disorientation and uncontrolled behavior. Although marijuana can lead to a relaxed and euphoric feeling it will not cause you to make decisions you would not normally do.
Others, like me, think that the government shouldn’t have the power to outlaw if it’s not harming or endangering others. There are many reasons why I believe marijuana should be legalized. Marijuana could generate billions of dollars to use for more serious problems, prohibition doesn’t help anything, and legalization could possibly reduce drug use by teens. Our government currently spends billions of dollars annually to lock up marijuana users. These people are normally very peaceful, relaxed, and non-violent.
Ethical issues and a lack of research studies that prove the effectiveness of Cannabis are the reason the drug has not be legalized in all states. Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is working on research to show the usefulness of medicinal Marijuana in a therapeutic situation. According to "Research Medical Marijuana" (2011), “The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s monopoly on the supply of marijuana for research and the DEA's refusal to allow researchers to grow their own has effectively paralyzed medical marijuana research,” (para.
Measure 80 – The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act In short, the main purpose of Measure 80 would be for the state of Oregon to allow legalization of marijuana and hemp while putting a tax on it, similar to alcohol and cigarettes. Some features of this Act include accepting mainstream use of hemp fibers (which are twice as strong) for producing paper and textiles. The economics and environmental advantages in marijuana are endless… and this act helps tailor control of the drug (example, potency levels are much higher than they used to be). This can be regulated with help from the government. The Act also makes it clear that no one under the age of 21 years can buy marijuana as well as any one with a history of drug offenses.
Controversy The Marijuana Controversy Dianne L. Joy Kaplan University HA545_Unit 4 Project Professor Shalah Watkins-Bailey Introduction Since considering marijuana to have no accepted medical use DC and 20 of 50 states have since then legalized the medical use of marijuana. But the issue with marijuana is that they are n sure if it actually helps patients with diseases. It is argued that marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for people suffering from diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, pain, epilepsy, glaucoma and other conditions. But the others argue that marijuana is dangerous, it lacks the approval of the FDA, it is addictive, leads to harder drug use, interferes with fertility, impairs driving ability, and
States are using the tenth amendment to get their point across there path is highlighting the fact that the use of Medical Marijuana was not classified, Marijuana was classified before we knew the benefits of use. The tenth amendment states ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’ In the United States Constitution there is a supremacy clause, which says that in case of conflict federal law precedes state law. According to federal law, there is no such thing as Medical Marijuana. Marijuana is a dangerous drug that the United States Congress has classified as a Schedule One substance. A Schedule One Substance doesn't have any accepted medical use in the United States and a high potential for abuse.