Reasons Recreational Cannabis Use Should Be Legal

Reasons Recreational Cannabis Use Should Be Legal

The Prohibition of cannabis has caused more problems than cannabis ever has. Because of it, millions of lives have been ruined, and everybody has had to pay the price.

There are tons of reasons why the cannabis plant should be made legal again. I say again because for the vast, vast majority of human history, not only was cannabis not prohibited, but it was widely utilized and respected. In 1619, it was illegal NOT to grow cannabis, because it was in such high demand that the government had to force people to grow it. Due to mass ignorane, misinformation, and lies, cannabis has become something that many people actually see as a bad thing. In reality, it is an incredibly useful resource that can be used to overcome many of the problems that humanity faces.
For now, I will focus on the harms that are caused only by Prohibition of smokable, THC-filled cannabis, not industrial hemp (although the latter is a travesty in itself). As of now, in the majority of states, if a police officer finds you in possession of any amount of cannabis, you will be arrested, one of the worst experiences anyone can undergo. You will need to pay at least $1,000 for a lawyer. Then you will need to go to court, where you will be put on probation from six months to a year. You may need to take off work to see your probation officer, and you will need to pay for the drug tests they issue you, as well as any drug classes you are required to take. How come people who are found in possession of alcohol do not have to do the same thing? Alcohol is literally infinitely more dangerous than cannabis, and is so destructive that it is present in over 30% of violent crime. Yet if somebody is found using a completely safe substance, instead of something that can destroy their life, then they in turn have their life destroyed anyway.

How can anybody stand for this kind of treatment of our citizens? I personally know many people whose lives have been greatly hurt by cannabis prohibition, including my own. The damage is horrible and prolonged. For what? For smoking a plant that can save the world and alleviate the suffering of millions. If that is not insantiy, I don’t know what is.

By legalizing cannabis, we would save all these people who are currently in pain because of Prohibition. We would enjoy billions of dollars in tax revenue, and billions in law enforcement savings. Drug cartels would lose 60% of their revenue. Although I believe all drugs should be legalized, if cannabis alone was, and police were able to focus only on harder drugs, that would be pretty close to an ideal world.
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Failure of Fault Based War on Drugs

by Clark Brittain,

Kate Comiskey’s death is a tragic casualty of the war on drugs. It began when Governor General Taft outlawed opium in the newly conquered Philippines, then expanded with the Pure Food and Drug and Harrison acts. After the failed experiment with alcohol prohibition, not to be defeated moralists convinced congress to make marijuana essentially illegal with exorbitant taxation. The only opposition testimony was from the American Medical Association. Nixon developed the forerunner to the DEA and vowed to create a way to get blacks without appearing to be racist. It has worked quite well.

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Should Marijuana be Legalized

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by Charlie Naylor,

I believe that marijuana should be legalized. I believe that if the government did so the National debt would be greatly decreased by the money it would make from the taxation of marijuana and also from the decrease in law enforcement and jail cost that is caused by the “criminal” aspects of marijuana. I believe that the use of marijuana would be more likely to go down than up with the legalization of it. I believe this because half the reason some people use it is the appeal of doing something illegal. I think that marijuana is no more harmful that alcohol or nicotine and these are perfectly legal “drugs” in today’s society.You have never heard of someone overdosing on Pot but you do hear of people get deathly ill from alcohol poisoning. People all over the country whine and complain about the use of Pot but at the same time hold George Washington, Ben Franklin, and the rest of our founding fathers in such high regard. Do these people not realize that these men both grew and used this “drug” they hold in such disgust.

Today you see commercials on the TV about how bad marijuana is and how it impairs your judgment and can cause car accidents. A researcher at the University of Toronto by the name of Alison Smiley in March of 1999 showed that people who use marijuana in moderate dose are more cautious drivers than those who have a moderate amount of alcohol. She found that the marijuana users are more aware of their impairment therefore they drive slower than those under the influence of alcohol. Even the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bureau of Mortality Statistics studies show that more people have died do to the use of aspirin (500) than those of marijuana (0).

As for the cost of what it takes to deal with the “criminals” in reference to marijuana it would baffle most people if they knew the facts. The facts are this, in California only in 1998 marijuana accounted for 14,344 felony and 46,600 misdemeanor arrests for a total cost of some $100 million to the state. Over the past 20 years there has been a 2000% increase in prisoners due to marijuana while some serious criminals or paroled due to overcrowding. It has also been shown that CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) has destroyed a 1/4 of a million marijuana plants in 1999 alone. The value of the crop was estimated at around some $1 billion lost to foreign smugglers rather than gained by local growers. It has also been shown that Californians consume about $3-$6 billion of marijuana per year, which would yield between $250-$500 million in sales taxes. So to me the economical pluses are enough.

Advocates against the legalization have also made many other claims on why it should not happen such as; It’s a gateway drug, That it weakens the Immune system, That it make it’s users sterile, That it causes birth defects, It cause brain damage, It’s addictive, It decrease the drive to excel and succeed, and once again It cause car accidents. In a paper published in October 1995 through The Hindemith Center; which was written by Lynn Zimmer, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and John P. Morgan, a Professor of Pharmacology at the City University of New York Medical School these myths are proven untrue.

A few facts that they state are; Over the years no matter if “hard” drug use has increased or decreased marijuana use has almost always done the opposite or stayed the same, In a 1988 study marijuana users showed an increase in responsiveness of white blood cells when exposed to immunological activators, In scientific studies there has been no link to marijuana use and being sterile, Researchers have found no difference in the IQ of those who were born to mothers who used marijuana while pregnant, Rodents and monkeys had to be given 200 times the amount even a heavy user of marijuana gets to cause brain damage.

In 1993 a study show that among Americans 12 years old and above 34% had tried marijuana in their life but only 9% of that had used it in the past year,4.3% in the past month and 2.8% in the past week, In studies it has been shown that ,among High School students, there was no difference in GPAs of users and non-users and ,among college students it was shown that users had higher GPAs than non-users. In another study it showed that users would work more hours and be more productive than non-users, In a study sponsored by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it was shown that out of 2000 accident analyzed that only 6.7% were positive for marijuana and of that more than 2/3 were positive for alcohol also.

In closing I would like you to think about these two things 1) Why is it that many countries in the world have legalized marijuana and have, by most accounts, far less problems than the U.S.? and 2) Why is it that you can buy rolling papers, pipesArticle Submission, and bongs that are typically used for marijuana use at stores all over the country but it is illegal to smoke it?


 

Laws Regarding Medical Cannabis

 

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by Ricky Hussey,

A Supervisor Jeff Stone who attended the fourth Annual National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics gave very positive views on the medical value of marijuana. But then he attended presentations by doctors and gave a very thorough consideration to the academic researches and changed his mind.

He also had a conversation with some of the patients. A pharmacist, who had first opposed giving license to dispensaries, now was in total favor to allow them. According to Jeff, cannabis has medical value. He wants medical marijuana to be legitimated.

Observing this change in stones views was impressive for some of the advocates who fight for legitimating medical marijuana. These advocates believe that stone being a scientist is thinking like a scientist. He is considering the facts and is going to apply them to more people. His new views regarding the issue have been a great help in allowing marijuana dispensaries. Long beach medical cinnabis are now working as a model for other cities fighting with the same issue.

In California, patients were allowed to use medical marijuana only on the prescription of a doctor. In 2003, this law was implemented. According to the law the countries should issue identification cards to patients that will allow the patients who of course are recognized by the identification card at the pharmacy stores to buy marijuana containing medicines. But by federal law, it is still illegal. These regulations state the non profit organizations. Collectives are still illegal under the federal law. But dispensaries would not be raided. Managers and dispensary owners are in favor of these regulations. No action in the city causes more problems than the teens taking marijuana for getting high in parties or at homes. Regulations make collectives legitimate.

Medical marijuana’s been observed to ease the pain for people suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer, lupus, glaucoma, and rheumatoid arthritis. People have taken permissions to smoke marijuana for medical purposes. They can also cultivate marijuana plants. Even the caregivers have been approved to give marijuana and treat their patients. However, their use should be very carefully considered. There are strict laws to check its use or misuse. Some people have even been charged against use of this cannabis. Some of these people don’t realize unless they are under certain offences. It is only after they are offended under lawBusiness Management Articles, they realize that were into an illegal act of taking marijuana without seeking Doctor’s recommendation.