Legalization of Marijuana
The legalization of marijuana is a controversial issue that has been fought for several decades. Marijuana is defined as a preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant, which is usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria and to heal and soothe. In the 1930s, the American media spread numerous false stories that marijuana was an extremely dangerous drug and therefore marijuana and hemp were effectively banned in 1938. It is apparent that the ban on marijuana in the United States is unnecessary due to the fact that the crime would be reduced, its results are proved to be better than those of prescribed drugs and taxes on other products would be reduced. As we know there are many people in the world that sell and/or grow marijuana. Under the Drug Act this is illegal, fine and prison time can occur. If marijuana was legalized it would decrease the crime rate and would eliminate many problems with adolescents. Alcohol and tobacco are both regulated with age restrictions. This prevents children from getting a hold of these substances, but with marijuana, drug dealers don’t have age restrictions. Therefore under aged kids are able to purchase marijuana easier than they can purchase legal products like alcohol and tobacco. If the government made marijuana legal then they would be able to put an age restriction on it and control who can and cannot purchase it. "Alcohol, which is advertised on television and sold in supermarkets, is responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths annually, including those caused by drunk drivers. But the use of all illegal drugs combined - cocaine, heroin, marijuana, angel dust, LSD, et cetera - accounted for only 3,403 deaths in 1987 which is only 1 percent of those caused by alcohol. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, however, there are no deaths that can be unequivocally attributed to marijuana use. And unlike alcohol use, a frequent factor like child abuse,...
Cited: Jones, David. War on Drugs; Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, Inc, 1990.
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