Legalizing Marijuana in the United States has been an issue of debate for quite a while, dating back to the mid 1990s. 16 states and Washington DC already have enacted to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Medicinal Marijuana being legal at the state level and illegal at the Federal level is where the problem arises. Federal and state laws conflict when dealing with the use of medical marijuana. There are quite a few reasons why i believe marijuana should be legal nationwide.
The most important reason is how marijuana isn’t a lethal drug and is safer than alcohol. Marijuana overdoses are nearly impossible and marijuana is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. Marijuana has many positive attributes such as its medicinal use and as a recreational drug with nearly no side effects. The use of marijuana provides relief from pain, nausea and other symptoms for many individuals who have not been treated successfully with “real pharmacy” medications. Many American adults also prefer marijuana to the use of alcohol as a mild and moderate way to relax.
Marijuana’s legalization would turn the hemp plant as a valuable and diverse agricultural crop in the United States, which includes developing it as a new bio-fuel to reduce carbon emissions. Canada and other European countries support legal hemp cultivation without legalizing marijuana, but United State’s opposition to legalize marijuana remains the biggest obstacle to development of industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity.
If marijuana is legal, it would reduce its sales and use among teenagers, as well as reduce their exposure to other drugs in the illegal market. Finally prohibition has not stopped the use and production of marijuana in the United States. The government has its own system of laws to prevent the use of marijuana for over 75 years yet it is used by over 25 million people annually. Cannabis is also currently the largest cash crop in the United States.
NORML is a nonprofit lobbying organization working to legalize marijuana, stop arrests of smokers, provide educational research and legal information on Marijuana.
— Faizan Mahmood (008)