The question of marijuana being legalized has been a very controversial issue for a long time. Its been controversial because of the bad track record it has sustained over the years. Marijuana is considered to be a schedule one drug. That means that it has a high potential for abuse and lacks an acceptance for legal medical use, as it is clearly stated under the controlled substance act. It is estimated that 200,000,000 people have consumed the drug worldwide for pleasure, escape from reality, and relaxation.
The main active principle of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and is what give the high that is obtained from smoking or oral consumption of the drug. Marijuana is not a narcotic and is not mentally or physically an addicting drug. One can use mild cannabis preparations for years without physical or mental deterioration. When one weights the pros and cons of re-legalizing marijuana, the logical result is to abolish the senseless ban on pot because it has been proven to be less harmful than other legal drugs, it would decrease violence and crime, boost our economy, and be used as an effective form of medicine for the treatment of many fatal illnesses.
Every year, 400,000 Americans die of complications caused by tobacco products. Smoking kills more Americans each year than alcohol, crack, heroin, murder, suicide, car accidents, fires, and AIDS all put together.
Alcohol abuse contributes to almost 50% of all traffic accidents, suicides, and homicides. Drinking also is known to cause liver damage and liver cancer, which is in many cases fatal. The bottom line is that tobacco
and alcohol are very high-risk drugs, much higher than marijuana. However, despite the proven dangers of these socially acceptable drugs, they are still legal. Research has yet to pin any specific dangers to marijuana and it still remains illegal while the dangerous drugs with proven effects remain legal. The bottom line is that tobacco and alcohol are very high-risk drugs, much higher than marijuana.
Alcohol prohibition tore America apart once and now it is the war on drugs, particularly marijuana. Harsh laws and the threat of lengthy jail sentences still do not stop the distribution and drug use of marijuana. All they do is drive the price of the product up and give dealers a reason to sell, making it an impossible war to win. Just as Prohibition created organized crime, today’s drug laws keep organized crime thriving and all the violence and corruption that goes along with it. Before drugs were illegal, Americans handled them with few problems. Let us respect peoples right to control their own bodies.
Decriminalize marijuana, help those who need it, and let the police spend their time protecting us from real crime. Making drugs illegal drives up their prices, so addicts steal to support their habit. People rarely steal to buy alcohol or cigarettes, although these substances are addictive too. Decriminalizing marijuana will end the stealing and make our streets safer.
Marijuana smoking is extremely common and for millions of mainstream, middle-class Americans is the recreation drug of choice. Our ex-president, professional athletes, movie stars, and many other successful Americans were or are avid pot smokers.
A national survey conducted by United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that at some point in their life, 70 million people have tried marijuana.
They also say that 18 million people have smoked in the past year, and that 10 million people are current smokers. These numbers are extremely large considering that marijuana is illegal. Wouldnt it make sense for the government to take over the cultivation and distribution of marijuana? If they played it right, they could make billions of dollars from this one plant. Think about this, the number one legal cash crop in 1990 was corn and it brought in 16 billion dollars to the U.S.
Marijuana, that same year, had an estimated value of over 24 billion. Thats 24 billion in revenue of illegal money that the U.S. Government could be using to pay of debts or put toward education, but they wont see any of it. Instead they spend billions of dollars trying to keep it out of the U.S.
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