Advantages and Disadvantages of Marijuana Legalization Just like everything else, there are always two sides of the coins. And the long-standing debate on the legalization of marijuana has finally been put to an end in several states. But it is important that we are all aware of the benefits and consequences of the legalization of marijuana. As the war on drugs continue the status of marijuana use in the United States remains to plague the minds of the people. Opposing parties have enumerated their reasons.
The medical community is split on this issue; several studies that have been conducted on the effects of marijuana in the adult brain have been inconclusive. The National Institute of Drug Abuse states, “Many people who use marijuana long term . . . may begin to have symptoms such as grouchiness, sleepiness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and cravings.” Harvard Health publishing: Harvard Medical School stated: Marijuana is used to manage nausea and weight loss, and can be used to treat glaucoma.
These illegal drugs are frequently used for medical purposes, but even more so, for recreational use. 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
For decades marijuana was considered to be a dangerous drug, leading to criminal behavior and personal disgrace. “It is time to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. It is time to end the arrests of so many people and the destruction of so many lives for possessing marijuana”- Bernie Sanders. However, by now most of these beliefs have been discredited – there is little to no proof that cannabis in and of itself has any conflicting effects. Some studies even show that it is far less dangerous than many completely legal prescription drugs, both for its users and those around them.There is proof of marijuana’s positive medical effects.Marijuana is beneficial for epilepsy patients, it eases nausea caused by chemotherapy and shows good results when used by people suffering from AIDS and a number of other conditions.
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.
“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn 't the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit … unnatural?” -Bill Hicks, (Marijuana Bill Hicks, GoodReads). The human being have used marijuana in the past and present. People have used marijuana in many different ways this being to help himself or others.
According to Bernie Sanders, “It is time to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. It is time to end the arrest of so many people and the destruction of so many lives for possessing marijuana”. This argument is important because marijuana is considered a "gateway drug," which has not been scientifically proven. Many people have tried marijuana or at least know someone who has attempted to smoke weed. A person most likely does not know as much as they think they know about what it is or the effects.
Growing up, everyone is told to stay away from any type of drugs. Now as a kid, I didn’t really understand the reason behind that phrase and once I became an adult, I found out that there have been many controversial discussions about the use of marijuana medically lately. I believe that the government of Kuwait should give patients the right to use marijuana for medical use because many doctors have discovered that marijuana works as a great pain killer, appetite increaser, and it reduced nausea. According to WebMD (2014), “The medical community is clearly saying they support using marijuana as a potential treatment option for any number of medical problems. In fact, many doctors already prescribe it.” Until this very day, I still question why has it this drug become illegal all over the world.
It is the dried leaves tops of pistil late hemp plant that yield THC and are smoked in cigarettes, or rolling paper for their intoxicating effect. This is what people do to take marijuana, marijuana can smoke as a cigarette and the other side it can use a rolling paper to smoke it. Once you smoke it, several minutes you will feel the intoxicating effect of this. Whether the feeling or effect is numbness or your feeling is a great happiness and excitement. (Gemmazing, 2013, Par.3) Conclusion: Marijuana is not like a cigarette because marijuana have intoxicating effect.
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.
Restrictions and the Prohibition became a thing and many people in the late 19th and early 20th century were questioning the objections to non-medical usage and it soon became a hot debate. Drugs were used for everyday use within industrial workers and laborers. Drugs today are either known as Licit or Illicit ones because we know which ones are actually okay to use in everyday life and then the ones that hurt people. Caffeine is used today worldwide, and it is legal, but only some of the drugs are this way. We still have the illicit drugs that will always be that way such as cocaine and meth.
Robert Margolis, worked for more than 20 years with teenagers who smoke marijuana, wrote an article about the harmful effects of marijuana, “Legalizing Marijuana Would Harm Teenagers”, and states “According to NIDA, that marijuana is a drug that can and does cause addiction. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, activates the brain 's reward system in the same way as other drugs of abuse—by triggering the release of dopamine. Charles Stimson advises that the Citizens also should not overlook what may be the greatest harms of marijuana legalization: increased addiction to and use of harder drugs. In addition to marijuana 's harmful effects on the body and relationship to criminal conduct, it is a gateway drug that can lead users to more dangerous drugs. Prosecutors, judges, police officers, detectives, parole or probation officers, and even defense attorneys know that the vast majority of defendants arrested for violent crimes test positive for illegal drugs including marijuana.
Furthermore, several acts were enacted to regulate the use of specific drugs as well as the federal prohibition of alcohol. But in 1933, Prohibition ended, making it legal to consume alcohol again. In the 1970’s, drugs were categorized based on their “potential for abuse” (Levinthal, 2016). Unfortunately, many of the illicit drugs are manufactured outside of the United States. As such, the war on drugs has to be fought on a global