Should Marijuana Be Legal
This is a topic that has become a bit of concern amongst people in the past few years. Marijuana has been illegal since the early 1900’s, but lately scientists have figured out that there are some uses of marijuana that could benefit people in need, people who are sick of deadly diseases such as aids, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. These are all diseases that are hard for anyone to go through, especially without aid that helps the pain and misery from ceasing. Prohibiting marijuana has just made things worse, by increasing the price of marijuana, the illegal usage, and the money spent on trying to cease its use.
Abraham Lincoln once said two quotes about prohibition, “Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes,” and “A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” I believe that he is right for stating that we have rights and they should not be taken for granted. He may have not been thinking of marijuana when he made his speech, but it involves prohibition, meaning prohibition in general and of any kind.
Holland is another example of the effect of legalizing marijuana. Did you know that 58 of marijuana felons have no relevant prior crime history, 91 were not considered organizers, leaders, managers, or supervisors, and 92 did not even own guns (Schlosser 93). In the eleven states that decriminalized it it was 27. Opium, Cocaine and Marijuana in American History. People should be allowed to do whatever they please as long as it doesn"tmt directly harm someone else. Looking at this you could see that marijuana is not that different from things that are legal today. America was in the stages of the prohibition of alcohol campaign. They found that marijuana smoke contains 39 cannabinoid drugs, THC being the most common one. Neal Benowitz, Of the University of California, ranked six drugs: heroine, cocaine, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and marijuana, on their ability to produce psychological dependence. So ask yourself this, how much worse is weed really In January of 1997, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy asked the Institute of Medicine to conduct a review of the scientific evidence to assess the potential benefits and risks of marijuana and its constituent cannabinoids. By 1931 all but two states had anti-marijuana legislation. People simply believed in assumptions made about marijuana, such things as it provoked violent crime and caused insanity.