What is marijuana?Marijuana is currently illegal in all states except nine, should it be legalized? marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use. The history of marijuana goes back for thousands of years. It was only made illegal in many countries during the 20th century.
Pros and Cons of Marijuana Legalization Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States. More than half of American adults have tried using marijuana at least once in their life. You may have read or heard stories on how marijuana use was mostly linked to people who were very vocal with their opinions. Seeing their favorite performers during a live concert may have been the start of the spreading of this illegal drug which has caused so many lives. When experts found out about the ill effects of marijuana, people who were found to be using them were put behind bars.
Abstract In this research paper, there will be discussions between legalizing marijuana and medical marijuana. For each side of the argument there will be pros and cons. This research supports the legalization of medical marijuana and marijuana in general. Medical marijuana which is less harmful than most other legal tobacco products and has the ability to reduce the pain within sick people.
Cannabis, aka marijuana, is one of the most prominent drugs in the world today. Although marijuana is an illegal drug, several states in America, as well as countries like Russia, have begun legalizing marijuana. This movement will eventually lead to catastrophes. According to the national institute of drug abuse, it has been found that habitual and persistent marijuana use starting in adolescence was associated with an average loss of eight
They argue that pot is harmless, and state that overdosing on marijuana has led to no deaths (“Drugs of Abuse”, 17). However true this may be, many studies only take into consideration the short-term effects of marijuana. Over a long period of time, marijuana has the capability to destroy students’ chances of completing high school or college, and make it 7 times more likely for them to commit suicide. Indirect deaths are the most common occurrence. That is not to say that the short term effects still aren’t devastating.
The legalization of marijuana is an important topic for today’s society because there are multiple uses for it. One is that cannabis can be used as medicine. It has been found to help treat people with a different range of health issues. Marijuana can also be used to bring in more money for the state by having the profits made go toward their government and provide more jobs to citizens. These jobs would involve the production of marijuana and distributing it.
Considering the amount of medicines that are related to Penicillin, which is a lot of medicines, the disease rate will possibly rise if we do not find a way to fix these issues in medicine. The real first antibiotic was actually Penicillin, discovered in 1928, it was a breakthrough for antibiotics and a great deal have been discovered since then. There is well over 100 antibiotics and most of them root from Penicillin, and amoxicillin is probably the most common (A. Porteous, 2008). Antibiotics flow through your bloodstream, immune system, and alter your DNA to help fight off the deadly bacteria’s in your body. The bacteria also plays a huge part in this process too, it’s not just the antibiotics.
In recent years in Belize, decriminalization of 10 grams or less of Marijuana is one of the most controversial subjects. Marijuana is one of the most commonly used illicit drug in Belize. Marijuana, since its discovery, has been used as a recreational drug by many individuals. Although Marijuana is an illegal drug in Belize, “it is very much a part of many Belizean’s lifestyles and it is use mainly by young people” (NIH, 2017). With the new amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act, an adult will now be able to possess and smoke up to 10 grams of marijuana in the privacy of his/her home and in someone’s house or in a hotel room with the consent of the owner.
Marijuana, formerly known as Cannabis, has been looked at in a medical sense for centuries. Marijuana was seen as a household drug throughout the seventeenth to the early twentieth century as a remedy to reduce nausea or vomiting, headaches, an anti-inflammatory, and the choice of pain reliever. In the 1920s, the Eighteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcohol, also known as Prohibition. As a result, marijuana flourished as a psychoactive drug.
Conclusion: Marijuana is not like a cigarette because marijuana have intoxicating effect. And it can cure a disease. Pain is the main reason people ask for prescription (Barth Wilsey, 2013, par.5) it could be from headaches, a disease like cancer, or a long term condition. Like glaucoma or nerve pain.
In a span of seventeen years, from 1980 to 1997, the number of the incarcerated individuals imprisoned due to non-violent drug offenses increased from forty thousand to five hundred thousand (Drugpolicy.org, n.d.). At the start of the decade only 2% of Americans viewed drugs in America as a major issue, but after only nine years, that number grew to an astonishing 64%. The media and politicians contributed to this meteoric rise in such a short time. Television networks and news programs began to cover the negative side effects of drugs that were ignored during the two previous free living decades.
When understanding the drug problems we face today, we have to look at the history of how drugs became popular and what they do. Some historians would say this country was founded by tobacco, the first big cash crop the colonies produced. It was first used for chewing, pipe smoking and snuff. Cigarettes popularity started after World War II but eventually declined after showing the correlations between smoking and cancer. (A Brief History of Tobacco) Marijuana was also a cash crop starting in Jamestown but instead of using it for smoking it was used for making rope, clothing and sails.
Opioid Epidemic in the United States The opioid crisis has risen over the years here in America. The addiction to painkillers has caused many drug overdoses across America. According to the Vox," In 2015, more than 52,000 people have died from drug overdoses from linked to opioids such as Percocet, heroin, Oxycontin or even fentanyl. This problem did not become an overnight health crisis, but it has become quickly known in America. Expanding our drug treatment centers across America would provide the support to those who are addicted to drugs.
Many people believe the legalization of medical cannabis will bring many jobs and economic opportunities. Although several job openings come with the legalization of this substance the hole that is punched in the economy counteracts the effect. As I explained before the legalization of medical cannabis increases state taxes by 30%. Counteracting the possible job openings that medical cannabis could bring. Some people may also say that medical cannabis is the only way to treat many terminal diseases such as cancer and epilepsy.
The Costs of Criminalization Over the last 18 years, 23 state governments have legalized marijuana, taxonomically known as cannabis sativa, for medicinal use. Voters in these states have declared that the federal government has scheduled marijuana inaccurately, in that cannabis has many medical uses. Medical professionals in these states prescribe marijuana as a treatment for ailments ranging from insomnia and muscle pain, to post traumatic stress and epilepsy. But recently, we have seen a shift in marijuana reformation movements throughout the country.