Should Marijuana be legal?
For 40 years marijuana has been classified as “a highly dangerous drug with no medical value.” The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, with no accepted medical benefits. Medical marijuana advocates are once again urging the federal appeals court to overturn the classification. Twice since the inception of the Controlled Substance Act has it been challenged. And twice it has been rebuffed. Advocates point out that 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized some medical marijuana.
According to a Pew study, 14.4 million Americans are marijuana smokers. The study goes on to say that even more have tried it. They estimate that approximately 42% of Americans have tried it. You may be surprised to learn that I am in favor of legalizing marijuana. Yes, a conservative who supports legalization of marijuana. Now I’ve never tried it or ever plan on smoking it, but I don’t see why it should be illegal. Aside from the proven medical benefits, I don’t see why Americans can’t regulate the purchasing of the drug.
Critics will argue that smoking pot isn’t good for you. I don’t think smoking a small amount of marijuana will impair you any more than drinking a couple alcoholic beverages. Now I don’t think we should be able to cultivate “football fields” of the drug (as was recently found in Chicago) but I think Americans should have the choice to be able to purchase the substance through regulation from the FDA (Food & Drug Administration). I think many teens try it solely because it is illegal. Teens like to rebel. I don’t think it’s a good idea to drive after you smoke marijuana, similar to how it’s not a good idea to drive after consuming alcohol.
The legalization of marijuana surely would alter the current drug crisis we have across the country. What would be the point of drug cartels smuggling marijuana to the U.S. if it’s legal. It would hinder their nefarious operations. Additionally, I think the country would greatly benefit from the additional tax revenue incurred from sales. Our jail systems are crowded (at least in Chicago) in part because people are arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana. I think the country has many things to gain from this proposal. I think we have more important things to worry about today than what Americans decide to do in the privacy of their homes.
Should marijuana be legalized?
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