Proponents of marijuana argue that there are numerous medical benefits and that the drug is not more harmful than tobacco or alcohol. On the other hand, opponents argue that marijuana is too dangerous; its legalization would increase the chances of the drug falling into the hands of teens and that marijuana use often progresses to the use of more dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine. In the past decade, a number of movements to legalize the use of marijuana has been gaining momentum. According to the 2016 Gallup survey, a record high 60% of Americans say that marijuana should be legalized and this figure marks a 9% increase compared to 2014. Support for legalizing marijuana was 31% in 2000, 50% in 2016 before reaching 60% last year.
Marijuana is a frequently misunderstood drug. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States. Many assume that smoking marijuana can be hazardous, but little do the people know about the benefits it has to offer. Marijuana is a naturally grown plant that has been known to help those sick with cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, mental and physical illnesses, and many more. In the article, “Medical Marijuana: Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection 2015” written by an anonymous author, the author mentions that the legalization of medical marijuana would give patients the free right to ease their pain in the own comfort of their home.
Besides portraying the US in a bad light, legalization of marijuana for recreation increases the risk of developing mental problems, increases government expenditure on public health, jeopardizes the future of children, and is a gateway to other dangerous drugs. Increased health problems and public health expenditure- Marijuana is a public health issue because it poses direct and indirect cost to the society. Researchers say that marijuana harms extend beyond the person using it thereby increasing the societal cost of managing the drug (Isaacson). When marijuana is legalized, the society and taxpayer has to dig deep to pay for increased emergency room visits, addiction
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. Since 2012, the electorate in 3 states and Washington DC have decided that marijuana should also be legalized for use as a recreational drug, to be sold, regulated, and taxed in a manner similar
In the last twenty years, marijuana has become more effective and addictive. Overusing marijuana for a long term has increased the number of crimes, such as smuggling and drugs; which are considered as negative impacts for the society. Based on the data, the marijuana addicts in the world reached 27 million people in 2012. Moreover, The UN said if 5% of the world’s population have been using marijuana, so it is not wrong if the number of marijuana case always increasing. Simply put, it appears that society has already experienced the negative effect of marijuana and had already set a perception of it; it is shown by the severe punishment given to citizens who uses marijuana.
Because of the number of fatalities that have occurred due to drug overdose and other contributing factors, drug abuse has proven to be the nation’s number one problem. People use marijuana as a party drug which, just as addicting as cigarettes, has even deadlier consequences.
Although the use of medical cannabis is still illegal under federal law, as of 2015, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized its use. It is used to treat numerous conditions including: chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea (often from chemo), appetite of those with AIDS/HIV, insomnia, neurological disorders, and glaucoma. The use of cannabis in the medical world is a controversial topic to begin with. The use of it for minors is even more so. Medical marijuana has been shown to decrease the number of seizures for those who have epilepsy.
Back in the early twentieth century, marijuana was mainly used for medical purposes in the US. Now, both it 's recreational and medical use is increasingly being consumed by the population and the tendency is to continue increasing. Much has been said about the use of marijuana as a solution to different health problems, and although not everything that is said is true, it cannot be ignored that marijuana can help in the treatment of some cases of adult patients. CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, was opposed to the medicinal use of cannabis. Based on his knowledge as a neurologist, he was convinced that the drug was dangerous and had dismissed its supposed therapeutic benefits.
This is often done through criminal cartels, which are responsible for terrible violence both in the US and abroad. However, with the legalization of cannabis, the cartels and the black market will get more weak, cutting their basic source of revenue and by this, the crime will reduce. Last but not least, the legalization of cannabis will break the cycle of crime. Last but not least, the legalization of cannabis will break the cycle of crime. Surprisingly, capturing and imprisoning people actually lead to an increase in crime.
Introduction Though it is illegal in most countries, Marijuana/Cannabis is one of the most used drugs worldwide. In recent years however, new medicinal findings, as well as a large group of recreational users have pushed for the legalization of the drug. By already legalizing the drug, Western Australia and a few American states have paved the way for other “western” countries to continue in their path. The introduction of medical marijuana as a significant pharmaceutical requirement for certain conditions has also helped normalize marijuana for many individuals. Currently in Canada the legalization of marijuana is up for debate, with two of the three major political parties in the current election, advocating for its legalization.