Why Marijuana Should Be Legal? Essay

Why Marijuana Should Be Legal?

This paper seeks to defend the proposition that the use and production of marijuana should be legalized.  The strength of the proposition should be tested by the strength of the arguments and their supporting pieces of evidence. Here are some of them and they should change the long-held view that marijuana is harmful to society.

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      First, the marijuana use and production domestically were not addressed by long practice of prohibiting the same. Despite the use of criminal penalties to prevent the use of hemp for three quarters of a century, the number of users of over 25 million annually is an evidence of such failure and could work to reemphasize the reality that people will not fear what is beneficial even in the eyes of threat of imprisonment.[1]  Claims of success for such prohibition are still to be supported with hard facts and in its absence, enduring by people of what is prohibited may be deemed a sign for great need and therefore usefulness. Prohibition may have failed but education and treatment may address the drug problem[2].

      Second, the implementation of marijuana laws was shown as discriminatory against the blacks and Hispanics and has increased the perception that the law is not for everybody but for he prejudice of the minorities.  Statistics has shown although the African-Americans constitute about 13% of the total population of the US, it was surprising to discover that although these minorities are 13.5% of the annual marijuana users, yet they accounted for 26% percent of the total marijuana-related arrests.[3] This means that when it comes of minorities the marijuana laws seem to be discriminatory. By so legalizing marijuana the same could be avoided and the spirit the US Constitution for equality before the law[4] would most likely be attained.

       Third, legalizing marijuana by regulating the same could result to reduction of marijuana sales and use among teenagers. It is the illegality that is causing the high price and high demand thus motivating people to profit from it.  Legalizing the same would reduce the incentive to sell to one another.[5]

      Fourth, the regulation would make the flow of money to the American economy rather than benefit the international criminal gangs.  In other words, making it legal would bring the money into the surface away from the underground economy; hence the money could be use for productive economic development[6].

       Fifth, legalizing marijuana would cause the use and spread of hemp as an alternatively valuable crop in the US, including into its use as source of bio-fuel which could be friendlier to the environment by reducing carbon emissions.  Countries from Europe and Canada surprisingly were successful in supporting marijuana cultivation legally without violating laws on hemp but the US has not done any to make the most out of the advantages of marijuana by legalizing the same. Legalizing it now would be very helpful with the US energy policy which adopts and promotes the propagation and use of bio-fuels in lieu of dependency to oil and in consonance with carbon emission reduction program.[7] Using marijuana will not cause increase in demand and in prices of food from corn due to the use of the land for plantation as planting sufficient hemp does required large tracts of land as other sources of bio-fuel like coconut[8].

      Sixth, the long practice of prohibiting marijuana appears to have not been based on solid facts. It appears that it took so much lies and disinformation to have caused authorities to justify the illegality of marijuana. Distortions of facts have been done by exaggerating the dangers of marijuana use more than what modern scientific record support[9]. What has been madly predicted did not really happen despite the use of marijuana in some places.
Seventh, marijuana is not deadly drug and one who use must feel safer than when the same person uses alcohol. It is not also toxic to human being as proven by scientific fact.  One may get overdose in some drugs or even in alcohol but it is almost impossible with the use of marijuana. It is also less addictive than alcohol or tobacco making it unfair to treat more cruelly hemp users than alcohol or tobacco users[10].
Eighth, prohibiting or making it illegal has become too costly or expensive to present justice system while it could be a good source of taxes for the support of the government.

If authorities from law enforcement could use their time and resources to other more important duties instead of arresting about less than million individual possessors of marijuana, the government could save much. If one adds the additional cost of trying to make it just for everybody in terms of salaries of judges and prosecutors and court personnel, the savings for government use could be more. The arrests made in the US have become less efficient in terms of wasted jail space, clogged court cases, diverted time of law enforcers, salaries and compensation of lawyers, judges and jail or officials[11]. These precious resources could have been used to prevent the violent crimes, terrorism and sexual abuse of children.  Taxing marijuana could contribute millions if not billions of dollars to the US coffers as more benefits from its use could be discovered.

      Ninth, the positive qualities of marijuana like its medical value[12] and being a recreation drug although there are fairly quite gentle side effects should be enough reason to justify its legalization.  Contrary to what is claimed about marijuana, there are many users of it because of people’s belief that it helps them from various kinds of ailment. The hemp can relieve from nausea, pain, and other symptoms[13]. What is interesting to note is that these people resorted to the use of marijuana because of failure of conventional medications.

     Tenth, marijuana users are fighting it out for the injustice with the marijuana experiment and they are determined to have it legalize although it may take them too long. Many supporters for the legalization of marijuana have been threatened with arrests and other legal punishments or consequences that the law may be imposed on supporting on what is to be illegal activity involving the prohibited use of marijuana, yet it failed to stop the fight for those who believe in its usefulness.[14] Believing in their cause that prohibition is a big mistake because of wrong appreciation of facts, they continue in their search for justice on the basis of their belief of the basic values of the Americans as a people.  They argue that prohibition has miserably failed to stop the use of marijuana for so many years.[15]

      It can be concluded that it took some time for the people to accept the earth was round and it has bound them in ignorance for years if not centuries. This present time is the so called information age. What has been primitively done must be undone. People must open up their minds to the potential benefits that may be had by legalizing the use and production of marijuana after all the government could will have the final say on whether prohibiting again would be the best option the next time around. In the mean time, in the absence of proof of success of prohibiting marijuana, man should not be deprive to enjoy its many benefits and advantages as claimed in this paper.

Works Cited:

High Times, 420 Campaign – Top Ten Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal, 2007, {www document} URL, http://hightimes.com/legal/ht_admin/1842, Accessed May 27,2008

Marijuana Legal Organization, Why Marijuana Should Be Legal, 2002, www document} URL http://www.mjlegal.org/essayspeech.html, Accessed May 27,2008

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Solons urge review of Biofuels Act, 2008, {www document} URL http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20080115-112396/Solons-urge-review-of-Biofuels-Act, Accessed May 27, 2008

Talbot, W.  Americanization: Principles of Americanism, Essentials of Americanization, 1917, The H. W. Wilson Company, USA

[1] High Times, 420 Campaign – Top Ten Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal, 2007, {www document} URL, http://hightimes.com/legal/ht_admin/1842, Accessed May 27,2008
[2] Marijuana Legal Organization, Why Marijuana Should Be Legal, 2002, {www document} URL http://www.mjlegal.org/essayspeech.html, Accessed May 27,2008
[3] High Times, 420 Campaign – Top Ten Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal, 2007, see above
[4] Talbot, W.  Americanization: Principles of Americanism, Essentials of Americanization, 1917, The H. W. Wilson Company, USA
[5] High Times , see above
[6] High Times , see above
[7] High Times , see above
[8] Philippine Daily Inquirer, Solons urge review of Biofuels Act, 2008, {www document} URL http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20080115-112396/Solons-urge-review-of-Biofuels-Act, Accessed May 27,2008
[9] High Times , see above
[10] High Times , see above
[11] High Times , see above
[12] Marijuana Legal Organization, Why Marijuana Should Be Legal, 2002, see above
[13] High Times , see above
[14] High Times , see above
[15] High Times , see above

 

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