Why Marijuana Should Be Made Legal In his article, “Drugs: Case for Legalizing Marijuana,” in the September 26, 1970 issue of the New York Times, Gore Vidal argued why marijuana should be made legal. I agree with Gore in his opinion that marijuana should be legal, but don’t agree that it should be sold at cost, that all drugs should be legal, or that it would end most drug addiction in the United States. First, I don’t personally believe that drugs will ever be sold at cost in the United States.
The number of people outlining the many reasons why marijuana should be legal is growing daily. It is exactly in March of 2016 that the Center for Public Affairs Research has announced that 61% of Americans are actually supporting the legalization of this certain drug. The realization is growing within the minute but the legalization is still moving slowly, with only four states and the District of Columbia legalizing marijuana in the United States. I would first like to state the various steps of marijuana legalization. Netherlands is the source of the biggest restrictions on a worldwide level, starting from prostitution and assisted suicide to same-sex marriages.
The first federally passed law on marijuana was the, Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. This made it illegal to possess any amount of marijuana without a special stamp from the treasury department. The passing of this law was created from the widespread panic that was created from Anslingers propaganda. The funny thing about this tax act, was one could obtain marijuana legally if they had a stamp from the treasury department, however, what the treasury department did not tell everyone was that they would not give out any stamps after it was passed. This was signed into law by President Roosevelt.
Marijuana Decriminalization: The Dual Purpose of Marijuana There is more than one purpose for marijuana in this world. If the criminal justice system took the time to explore the endless possibilities that marijuana provides then there would be a positive change made within society. When hearing about marijuana or weed one may instantly think of someone smoking out of a bong with a tie-dye shirt on listening to reggae music or one may picture a drug dealer who happens to be African American dealing drugs out of an abandoned apartment. The negative connotations that marijuana has allowed stereotypes like these to not only paint a negative image in the minds of Americans, but it also defines marijuana in a way that is more damaging to its reputation.
In the last decade, the United States has seen a lot of political debates, and one of the biggest is marijuana legalization. Around twenty seven states have either passed a law allowing medical marijuana or legalizing it over all. With so many states doing it, the main question is why not legalize it federally? Well because of the republicans. According to business insider, fifty five percent of republicans oppose it, as compared to the sixty six percent of democrats who want it legalized.
Seeing people suffer and struggle with their medical conditions is one sign that it’s time to stop and help those people. I’m not a person who does drugs, but if there is one out there that can help many people, then it’s time to do something. Marijuana is a drug that can help thousands of people with cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, autism and so many more. People are taking medicines that aren’t even helping and they just keep getting more medicines thrown at them and they are just suffering because they haven’t found the right medicine that can help keep their disabilities at bay. Medical marijuana can be an answer to a lot of people’s problems.
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.
Marijuana is an illegal substance that should be legal because of the great impact it would do for the country. Other substance out in the world are far more dangerous and have more toxins in them than marijuana. People’s health has been helped out Marijuana has many factors such as, having less toxins than other substances, health benefits, and if legalized, would help the economy. Multiple people die everyday from drug overdoses. Drug Abuse of prescription drugs, is riskier than some illegal drugs(“The Truth about Prescription Drugs”).
In American society, the use of marijuana, whether it’s medical or recreational, is a highly discussed topic. There are arguments for and against both recreational and medical marijuana. Between the arguments of safety and practicality, the truth about this drug has gotten mixed around and changed. Although it is believed that marijuana would only negatively affect our society, the use should be federally legalized, at least medically, in all 50 states because it has a very low risk when it comes to an individuals health, would improve the economy, and aid medical advances.
The history of medical marijuana has been found in Chinese history, which was used in Taiwan for fiber starting more than 10,000 years ago. People of that time, used the seeds of marijuana in the food, and t was natural for them. Later on they found medical properties of the plant. The oldest Chinese surgeon Hua Tua was the first recorded person who used marijuana by mixing it with alcohol, for “anesthesia”.