The legality of marijuana has been a subject of dispute for a long while in many countries. The use and procession of marijuana are illegal in the United States. Different people have presented their arguments for the legalization of marijuana while a large number are also against its legalization. The common feature of disagreement from both sides is that the legalization of marijuana will transform the United States; however, what matters is in what capacity the transformations will be measured so as to find the legalization of marijuana beneficial (Chepesiuk 26). The drug policy of different states places stringent measures against those found consuming or in procession of marijuana. I think marijuana should be legalized. This paper presents the arguments towards the legalization of marijuana.
From a personal point of view, marijuana should be legalized, just like any other legal recreational drug. Apart from the recreational benefits of marijuana, there are other unaccounted benefits that are associated with marijuana and the benefits that are missed due to marijuana prohibition. The legalization of marijuana is subject to various impediments that include intensive lobbying by various organizations against the legality of the drug. Marijuana is classified as a schedule I drug, and this significantly contributes to its illegality. The drug policies should critically analyze the benefits associated with marijuana legalization, before deploying stringent measures against those found in possession or consuming the drug (Klein 12).
Zuckerman (53) states that the perceptions towards marijuana consumption depict a worrying trend, which is mostly based on false assumptions on the effects that are associated with marijuana consumption. The various drug-controlling authorities always spread around the false information concerning marijuana without considering the benefits of marijuana, and a deep analysis if there are any reported healths effects associated with marijuana consumption. It is not sound for a state, to implement strict laws concerning a recreational drug that has no reported health effects. If marijuana is to be illegal, then all the other psychoactive drugs should also be made illegal (Rosenthal & Kubby 81).
There are a number of benefits associated with the legalization of marijuana ranging from medicinal purposes to recreational purposes. Rosenthal & Kubby (60) infers the benefits of marijuana in terms of its medicinal value. Marijuana prohibition, especially in the United States has caused the Americans to pay a horrible price in terms of pain and suffering for those who are seriously ill and would have otherwise been given some medication from the illegal marijuana. The drug policies in the United States assure the Americans that marijuana has no medicinal uses. The reality of the matter is that as long as marijuana remains illegal, the majority of the United States citizens are being denied a vital medicine, which could otherwise, offer medical solutions to a number of critical illness and other common ailments (Rosenthal & Kubby 60).
Of all the outstanding reasons that are aimed at legalization of marijuana, the medical applications of the drugs outweigh all other arguments supporting the legalization of the drug. Research has revealed that some of the infections that marijuana cures include epilepsy, chronic pain, and insomnia, just to mention a few (Rosenthal & Kubby 50). The medicinal value of marijuana cannot be ignored for the sake of its illegality and the perceptions that are always associated with marijuana consumption. It makes no sense for the state to make a drug with medicinal value illegal at the same time making drugs without any medicinal content legal such as alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana is not harmful compared to alcohol and tobacco. At least for the sake of medicinal purposes, marijuana should be legalized (Klein 12).
Another projected benefit towards the legalization of marijuana is possibly due to the fact the criminal justice system would be free of the large number of culprits that have been caught, in procession or consumption of marijuana. People who use marijuana as a recreational drug in the United States are many; and with the stringent drug policies especially towards the use and possession of marijuana, it implies that many marijuana smokers are facing the wrath of the law, which ultimately leads to congestion in the prison cells and a strain on the criminal justice system. The police efforts and court resources could shift towards the solution of more serious crimes compared to the consumption and procession of marijuana. War against drugs is just an expensive project that always fails, especially war against marijuana. The legalization of marijuana will facilitate the reduction of street justice that is always associated with the drugs. Presently, drug disputes in the streets are solved the primitive way; every person carries his own cross which in turn results to cyclic street violence. The legalization of marijuana will, therefore, serve to eliminate such street violence scenes that are presently a common occurrence.
The legalization of marijuana presents an opportunity for business and source of income for the federal government. Majority of drug money that is related with marijuana always ends up in the hands of illegal drug traffickers. The alcohol and the cigarette industry always serve as a large source of tax to the government and, therefore, in the same capacity marijuana should not be an exception. This can only be achieved through legalization of the drug, which will facilitate the sprawl of legit marijuana business and a source of income for the involved participants. It is unreasonable for the government to promote other recreational drugs that are more harmful than marijuana and at the same time make marijuana, which is least dangerous illegal (Klein 15).
Rosenthal & Kubby (30) states that Marijuana should be made legal; the benefits of marijuana legalization far outweigh the negative impacts. It comes to a double advantage that marijuana can serve the double functions of both medicinal and recreational purposes compared to other recreational drugs that are legal. Marijuana has no health risks compared to alcohol and tobacco; therefore, it makes no sense for governments to illegalize a less harmful drug and legalize more harmful drugs. There has never been a reported death associated with marijuana or a health complication because of using marijuana. Marijuana should, therefore, be legalized in order to make life better for most of the people due to the economic and medicinal benefits associated with its legalization.