LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA?
If you didn’t know already, 420 is the code for the consumption of marijuana (4/20 is the celebration of the drug). There have been plenty of articles and news reports about the pros and cons to this plant, mostly claims towards state economy and society, but most tend to be extremely biased (see “Biased News” article) or false.
First off, there are few cons to legalizing marijuana in the US. Colorado is a perfect example of that; cleaner streets, nicer buildings, top notch economy. You know why? Marijuana is legal, and consumers are paying state taxes for it.
Next, forget everything you’ve heard about “The Gateway Theory” or “Higher crime rates” because marijuana isn’t any harbinger of these at all. Marijuana actually lowers the probability of these portents. Once marijuana is sold on the public market, the demand for illegal drug dealers will go down, since their product is actually legal now. Drug dealers will be out off the market. But, it gets better. If there are no drug dealers to sell drugs, now it will be increasingly difficult for teens to get a hold of marijuana. They’d have to resort to pulling a Superbad scheme. Think of marijuana as becoming the new alcohol. All in all, this means fewer crimes rates for everyone.
So if legalizing marijuana has few cons, if not none, how come people are still against 420? Most of the pessimistic view comes from the conservative side. I have this friend at school who’s an extreme conservative. I asked him why he disliked the 420 movements and he replied, “It’s nontraditional.” Well, what did he mean by that? The cannabis isn’t nontraditional, in fact, it’s been the prime factor of pleasure for centuries. After all my other questions I asked him, he simply couldn’t back up the fact 420 is “terrible for this country”, but remember that it’s not the person, it’s the info (see “Uneducated & Perspectives” article) and they way they were raised. So in a way, marijuana is nontraditional, yet traditional at the same time. It depends on the person—and usually, that person is a conservative.
Despite the constant claims against marijuana, it’s still a growing cause. People every day are just now discovering what marijuana can do for their state. Everything I wrote is just a generalization. There are plenty of details (though it doesn’t really affect the overall summary) that are behind 420. I personally support the legalization of marijuana, but I don’t think I’ll ever use it. (Gdi Fogle)
Now, we are a nonbiased site (though we’ll almost always throw in our opinion), so let me tell you about the cons.
You can argue the medicinal uses of marijuana. It’s better for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. That’s the thing though, is that many believe that marijuana should only be legally prescribed to cancer patients, not the entire public. The reason why is because of the health effects it has on the central nervous system. Yeah, there’s more pros, but the impact of the cons are pretty serious.
First of all, everyone should know how that marijuana impairs your judgment. Illicit drug use is one of the leading causes of crime and the cause of teen deaths. On a normal scale, what the debate comes down to is the better economy at the expense of person’s life—typically youth.
Most teen deaths happen because of drugs. Specifically marijuana. Because of a media image, teens are inspired to do marijuana, and under the impression of its effects, the direct cause of death—car accidents—are caused by the drug. And it doesn’t stop there. Teens that abuse marijuana are more likely to expand their attention to other illegal drugs and inhalants; cocaine, steroids, and other stimulants.
I can’t stress it to you enough about the serious effects of marijuana. Remember the talk about Colorado? According to the Colorado Health Institute, the death rate of drug overdose increased by 68% within 12 years (2002-2014). Their rate is higher than the national average of 14.7% per 100,000 deaths caused by drug-related incidents.
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