The Legalization of Marijuana
Legalization of Marijuana
Marijuana has been illegal for many years now, but can only be used for medical purposes. The drug is used to provide medical treatment for many diseases. Cannabis sativa plant is the really name for marijuana. One of the ingredients in marijuana is THC. Cox (2012) says:
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychological effects. THC changes behavior by binding — fitting together like a lock and key — to receptors on nerve cells, which then respond with a change in activity. (para1).
When people are taking drug test, they use the levels of THC in a ...view middle of the document...
And as in all sorts of industries, the incumbents were trying to write the rules in their favor (para. 3)
Colorado and Washington are two states that already legalized marijuana. Colorado has started marijuana and Washington will begin in June this year. While those two states are growing and selling marijuana, in other states, police are still making drug bust. Arguments from organizations that are for legalizing marijuana feel it will decrease the crime rates all over the United States.
Marijuana has its positive aspects, but cigarettes and alcohol do not. It should be legalized because it has been proven not to be a gateway drug. People under the influence of the drug are not considered dangerous. Since marijuana has been placed in the same category as cocaine and other controlled substance people believe that it is harmful. Marijuana is less harmful to your health than cigarettes. It is also less threatening to alter a person’s behavior to violence than alcohol. If cigarettes and alcohol are more harmful than marijuana, why isn’t it legal?
“As of March 2014, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana” (Widmer, 2014, p33). When legalized, people will be able to have up to an ounce or more in your possession depending on where you live. Some benefits for legalizing marijuana are jobs and tax revenue probable will increase. Money won’t be wasted on locking up or drug testing for marijuana.
“In 2005, more than 786,000 Americans were...