The debate to legalize marijuana in the United States of America has been fought over nonstop since the existence of the drug and its affects, even though marijuana has been tested and proven to provide a very positive impact on the American society. Legalizing marijuana would help treat ill citizens, reduce the numbers in our prisons, and create a steadier economy by increasing
I do find it interesting what will the new tax laws will follow with the legalization of marijuana. Now could you say would this be a fair item to put heavy tax on? I think it would be fair but a lot of people would disagree the same with food or any other item. A lot of people wish gas was tax free, but those taxes go to the roads, would you prefer gas tax or pot holes? Would you prefer a whole bunch of people smoking weed or having it controlled and taxed so its not running ramped.
While some do not believe the theory that drugs are used for the risk, it is an interesting way to look at the reason people do drugs. People who are pro drugs promote that drugs, such as marijuana, are used for medical use as well as recreational use, because they enjoy the effect drugs have on them. Prohibitionists state that if drugs were legalized they would be only consumed for recreational use or to escape from reality instead of dealing with issues (Marijuana Abuse, 2012). Some prohibitionists do not even believe that drugs help in medical ways. This controversial topic is one of the reasons the drug reform is such a debated movement of today.
Why take 10 medicines for one problem when you can take one for 10 problems?” Dylan Davis’s opinion on the matter was, “I believe medical marijuana should be legalized since it is a herd, you can’t overdose on it. It would help our terrible economy and plus it’s proven to help medical conditions.” Jamie DeSalvo told me, “Medical marijuana should be legalized since it’s proven to help medical conditions. Besides that economy would get better from the income tax, or just from not as many arrests on marijuana charges could save thousands of dollars. It is in our own rights; life, liberty, and happiness. Those are our unalienable rights as an American.” Enoch Easter’s opinion was, “Why not legalize marijuana period?
They point to a correlation between gun ownership and crimes, and they believe that if laws were stricter or guns were taken away then crime would decrease. This argument, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. Banning guns or making more gun laws would just infuriate the general public. A 2009 Gallup Opinion Poll showed that an all time low of 44% of people believe that there need to be newer, stricter laws applying to gun control (Gallup.com). This number in 1990 was 78%, so as time goes on people are leaning more and more away from stricter gun laws.
Federal Legalization of Marijuana Marijuana, weed, cannabis, hemp, or grass, it is called by many names and has gotten a bad rap in the past few decades, but it should be federally legalized. We have been encouraged to believe it is a “gateway” drug and that it may lead to addiction and various health issues. Yet there are many therapeutic benefits as well as practical applications. The consumption of marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and smoking cigarettes. There is an excessive amount of money spent every year on its regulation, criminalization and prohibition.
People today are having a harder time arguing right and wrong because a growing number of people reject absolute right and wrong. Utilitarianism tells us that given a set of choices, the act we should choose is that which produces the best results for the greatest number affected by that choice. (Mosser 2010) When we look at the use of marijuana there is a smaller number of benefits verses the larger number it will adversely affect. Therefore by the ethnic principle of utilitarianism we should not allow marijuana to be legalized. Marijuana should continue to be a controlled substance.
“America’s Medical Pot Laws in 2011” Dec. 8, 2011 The article “ A Necessary But Insufficient Step On Marijuana.” published by Kathleen Parker inform us that Obama administration has stopped interfering with states’ use of marijuana in medical fields; however, giving permission to medical marijuana doesn’t mean the drug regulations are loosen on drug traffickers. Arguments about legalization of medical marijuana are increasing every time this topic comes up because some Americans support the idea of decriminalization of marijuana which includes couple of presidents and Supreme Court justice where some people oppose this whole proposal. Ms. Cory is a pro-life Republican mom who endorses legalization of marijuana and points out that it
Drug advocates believe that drug legalization will cure America’s eroding and so- called unwarranted drug policy. People seem to follow this idea without understanding the true destructions that drugs already cause while illegal. In addition, Americans think the liberal drug policy of Europe is without problems. Drug legalization will cause a domino effect of problems that will tear apart America as we know it today. A very commonly abused drug is marijuana.
Immigration is considered a serious issue in the United States today. Opinions of U.S citizens on immigration are divided. Although there is a division in personal opinion, the Washington Post/ ABC poll mentioned above suggested that a majority of Americans do not think that sending illegal immigrants home or punishing them will solve the problem of illegal immigration, and a more comprehensive solution requiring further understanding of the situation is needed. The Census Bureau estimates the US population will grow from 281 million in 2000 to 397 million in 2050 with the expected rate of immigration, but only to 328 million with zero immigration. "If we have zero immigration with today's low birthrates the American population would eventually