National Legalization of Marijuana
Lone Star College Cy-Fair
The legalization of marijuana has become a major issue in the United States. There are many strong arguments both for and against marijuana legalization. Some would argue, its medicinal properties and its effects on the body. Others would argue about its effect on society and how the prohibition ultimately contributes to organized crime. Marijuana is a schedule I drug, and is the most illegal drug used in the United States. The effects of marijuana have been scientifically proven to be less harmful than alcohol, and it’s helpful in a treatment of many different diseases and health issues.
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They argued that legalization would lead to greater drug use and more important with children, as well as drug trafficking from legalized areas. They claim the tobacco and alcohol cause enough problems and there is no reason to add a new drug into the mix. The assertion, is also made that drugs such as marijuana lead to poverty, crime, and violence. Drugs are addictive. They rob the user of free will. A drug user cannot make an informed and rational decision to continue using drugs because the use of the drug eliminates that user’s ability to think logically. Nor can they disseminate themselves from drug taking. The use of soft drugs, such as marijuana, leads to the use of hard drugs, it is seen as a Gateway drug.
Legalizing drugs will send a message to children that drug use is acceptable. There is also the argument that although the drug war cannot be completely successful, it is worth it. It will slow down drug trade and that very few people are brought up on a simple possession charge of marijuana. As a final point, they argue that if marijuana, and other drugs were legalized, it would save money to our judicial system, and in addiction treatments. (Gerber, 2004) I understand the basis of all these claims and understand where they come from. Many arguments are made generally about the legalization of all illegal drugs including marijuana, and I also agree, that drugs other than marijuana should be kept illegal for many reasons. But, where I find fault with the argument is the prejudicial grouping of marijuana with other more serious drugs, and the point that is an schedule I drug.
It is also important, to understand the effects of Marijuana use and its history. When smoking cannabis THC is the leading stimulant released. Cannabinoid neural receptors receive the stimulant, in result creates a temporary fogginess that affects motor coordination and shot-term memory. The effect lasts for around 1-3 hours and then a hangover from those feelings can sometimes last through the following day. The human mind has specific receptors for the THC chemical which can only naturally be derived from the marijuana plant, so the marijuana plant actually has a place in our genetic makeup. (Goldstein 2001) The plant has been used as far back as ancient Egypt and in the United States Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp, used products made from hemp, and praised the hemp plant in some of their written works. (Danovitch 2012) So, why would a product with such a lengthy history come under such scrutiny?
There are many good reasons why cannabis should be legalized, but that is not to say it should be taken lightly. Marijuana can help patients who are suffering from painful diseases and treatments. On the negative side, teenagers misuse the substance for recreational purposes, which could cause severe damage to their developing body. Consequently, the government would have to spend more money on enforcing the...