LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA
Marijuana has been found on every continent, it is said that marijuana has been used for a long time before it was recorded as been used. But the recorded history of marijuana dates back to 2737 B.C. in China and its used spread to India, North African, and Europe. Marijuana is a psychoactive agent which was used in the early days as a medication for gout, malaria, rheumatism and also to restore absent mindedness. Its medical values was considered most important than its intoxicating properties at the time. Most tribes that used it saw marijuana as a gift from the Spirits and it was mostly used during ceremonies, burned as incense, ingested for deep meditative ability with the gods and most importantly the leaves were worn as clothing during the ceremonies with the gods. Today most people around the world smoke marijuana, some to be high and others for medical reasons.
Marijuana came into American in 1545 through the Spanish, and it was introduced into Jamestown in 1611, where it was grown and became a major commercial crop. At that time in America some patent medicines contained marijuana, it was prescribed for some conditions and it was not used as an intoxicant. At this same period the recreational use of marijuana was restricted to people in show business only. Marijuana also known as “weed” was not illegal and the users did not constitute a nuisance to the society or become a societal threat as it is today when the smoking of this product is illegal. Marijuana is considered by some authorities as a “gateway” drug, but a research conducted in 2006 by the University of Pittsburgh over time discovered and proved the “gateway” theory was wrong.
In the United State of American, marijuana is the most widely used controlled substance, statistics shows that the legalization of marijuana would save the country between $10-15 billion annually. And this money would be reinvested into the economy or better still used to pay off debt. Marijuana is not an abusive or even an addictive drug, but the illegal nature of this drug make people abuse it, unlike alcohol and tobacco, which are not illegal, as such most people do not abuse them because they are accessible. Like alcohol and tobacco marijuana can be monitored if it is legalized. “Legalization means the entirely illicit drug trade would become legal” manufactures, transportation, sellers, purchases, possession would be legal. A legal trade can still be regulated, as any pharmacist or Drug Company knows (Richard Pg 138). Drug dealers would loss all of their business with the legalization of drug, this would in turn lead to drastic reduction of gangs and rivalry wars associated with this drug, the drug dealers themselves know this and that is why they are the major opponent of drug legalization. People deserve their right to freedom, but I understand the Government has a right to limit individuals right only if the individuals actions poses a threat, but marijuana does not pose such threat as some other medication that are out there. Prohibition of marijuana does not decrease drug use, because it is readily available even in high schools, statistics shows that it is easier for many high school students to obtain marijuana than it is for them to obtain alcohol, because alcohol is legal and regulated to keep it away from kids.
The United State of American currently spend lots of money on the war against drugs, also taxpayers have to pay for food, attorney fees, health care and other fees for people who are locked up for wanting to be high and this cost is really outrageous. This is an avoidable cost that would be saved by this country if the government chooses to legalize marijuana. Marijuana been legalized would be an avenue for taxes to be collected on it and this would allow the society to take advantage of its industrial and agricultural uses, because the Hemp plant is a natural recourse that is valuable. Marijuana is been used in some...
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