Marijuana is extremely prevalent in today’s American society. Whether it is the media doing a story on the pros and cons on marijuana, to it being used on a more individualized/recreational basis, marijuana has made its mark on modern culture. But the biggest question that lawmakers and individuals alike contemplate, is whether or not the substance should be legalized. Although the federal government is strongly against the legalization of the drug, more and more states are starting to become open to the idea of legalizing the substance.
Our government which was created “for the people and by the people”, over the years has persecuted and incarcerated many individuals for the growing, selling, smoking and the buying of cannabis for years. And as the masses become more and more accepting of the plant, why does the government still crack its imaginary whip on millions of Americans? The use of marijuana has yet to cause a single death of an individual unlike its other illegal counterparts (Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin,etc.) that it is categorized with. When it comes to medicinal purposes the Scripps Research Institute found that a chemical found in marijuana delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can prevent the growth of enzymes that accelerate the formation of Alzheimers. Also for the millions of Americans that are dealing with cancer, the drug has been approved by the FDA and American Cancer Society as playing an active role in many cancer patients treatment.
With America being the number one country that imprisons more people than any other country in the world why is weed still an issue when there are many other crimes (far worst) being committed. Having officers arrest individuals for carrying drug paraphernalia is a waste of tax payers money, and absurd. Out of many of these arrests, one third of them are nonviolent drug offenses, 47 percent of which involve marijuana. Why are tax payers forking out cash to house individuals who decided to light up a dubie? A dubie that would not even cost them their life. By legalizing marijuana, drug cartels will lose a huge number of clientele. Why not sale it her LEGALLY and and put some of the drug lords south of the border out of business. Help stop some of the violence near and on the border. But as many point out “what about the other drugs cartels import?” well if we can stop one drug from being illegally imported, that is one less problem America has to deal with.