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Legalization of Marijuana; Yay or Nay?

Legalization of Marijuana; Yay or Nay? Pot, weed, grass, and marijuana…these are all names of the infamous drug that gives rise to d...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Legalization of Marijuana; Yay or Nay?

Legalization of Marijuana; Yay or Nay?

Pot, weed, grass, and marijuana…these are all names of the infamous drug that gives rise to debate in the United States.  There are about 4 states in the U.S. that have legalized recreational use of marijuana.  This controversial subject has been repeatedly speculated throughout the last decade, which has had many American citizens both excited and worried for the future.  Many politicians and news reports hypothesize that Marijuana will e legal for recreational use across America within the next 5-10 years.  This brings up many cases of conflict and benefits for the average citizen of America.  Many people see it as profitable for both the U.S. economy and chance of opportunities because it would save resources for law enforcement as well as create many jobs, since it will bring the nation’s largest cash crop under the rule of law.  While many others, particularly of the elder generation, see the legalization of marijuana as a problem of addictive nature for the youth and as a cause of major health issues.
There are various amounts of advantages to the legalization of marijuana being a reality throughout the nation.  A revenue boost would be a result of this new law, since new taxes for its sale would raise millions of dollars each year.  This increase in revenue would be applied for various amounts of things that can benefit the nation, including new architecture projects, recreational repairs, economic advancements, etc.  With weed being legal, the police could focus their attention on the more dangerous and harmful problems, include violence.  This would also create more spacious room in crowded prisons, because the criminal justice system would no longer be affected as often.  Time and money would be provided towards stopping violent criminals from hurting others, instead of just stopping insignificant drug problems in small areas.  This change in budget would increase the government’s profit in money by billions.  This will also decrease violence that is associated with trade of the drug, so organized crime would no longer be crime at all and less money would support it.  There would also be control over a smoker’s safety.  This is because the legalization of weed would eliminate the risk of dangerous substances being put in the drug.  Weed would no longer be laced with dangerous ingredients because there is no need to put it in them, now that it is legal.  Now the young teen that may make a mistake with the drug, won’t be harmed by this potential danger that is currently a huge risk in today’s drug society.  As well as safety for users, there would be wider access for medicinal use, for any patient that is in need of the drug for medical reasons.  It is unethical for a person to not be able to use the drug, if it is necessary for their personal stability as a human being.  In a nutshell, there are many benefits that will give prosperity to many citizens if marijuana is legalized.

There are also many disadvantages to marijuana being legalized, which gives hazard to the regular citizen of the U.S. nation.  Scientific background gives much leverage to this side of the argument, since it supports how a regular teen can easily be altered by marijuana.  This drug offers an addictive nature that is very difficult to overcome.  Addiction occurs to 10% of marijuana users and leads to withdrawal symptoms that cause everyday dependence on the drug.  Some users don’t even realize how much it affects their lives, but it gives them a long-term effect.  Since the brain is being developed at the early stages of life, usually until your late 20s, your brain will become dependant on the drug in adulthood, since it will become a routinely process in your brain.  With this inability to give up the process of smoking weed, altered perception comes into play.  It will change how your body works and alter how a person may perceive things while under the influence.  This can trigger accidents in vehicles and in decision making, just like alcohol’s affects.  The pros and con’s article states, “One study showed that marijuana was the most prevalent illegal drug found in impaired or fatally injured drivers.”  This means that many accidents are caused by being under the influence of weed, since it impacts you to do such foolish actions that a person would not do in reality.  Marijuana is also a gateway to drug use in adulthood, since people are 2-3 times more likely to abuse substances in later years, if they had used them as teenagers.  It also creates dependence on the drug and need to feel “happy” on the high all of the time, which leads them to avoiding their true personality.  It gives leverage to more intense drugs as well, which create even more dangers than weed does.  Not to mention, how it increases damage to the heart, lungs, brain, and mental stability in a regular human being.  There are too many facts that side with weed being illegal; showing how scary the next generation might be with its legalization.  What will be the next drug that kids consider “cool,” cocaine? Meth? LSD? Heroin.  No one wants the future to be addicted to these harmful narcotics, which affects how eventual society may wind up.
Personally, I side with marijuana’s illegalization because it will create an unsafe environment to the soon-to-be young generation.  Hopefully, things will seem more clear to the people of America and pot will stay as it is, an illegal drug that shall not be abused by young children.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great summary of a relevant topic in politics right now! I hadn't thought about the fact that young people smoke weed because doing something that is against the rules is "cool," but now I realize that's probably a major reason kids are drawn to it. The problem, as you pointed out, is that kids will start looking for other, more dangerous illegal drugs to be "cool."

    The question this raises for me is: would this still be as serious a "con" if weed were made legal only for adults? If it remains a controlled substance, it might still have the same influence over young people as it does now, but also many of the positive outcomes you mentioned in the first part of your post. It may be treated like alcohol, which is also an addictive substance that has much more serious effects on younger bodies than on adults (and on that topic, is alcohol as addictive, or more addictive, than weed?).

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