To Be Legal or Not To Be
Known as one of the most commonly abused drugs in the country, marijuana is legal in some states for medicinal purposes, but many argue that it should be legalized nationwide.
The drug was made illegal under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in the 1970’s. Drugs under Schedule I are said to have a high potential for abuse, no medical use, and lack accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
Although the drug is illegal, it is used by many people as a stress reliever and other recreational purposes. According to a national survey from 2009 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse 16.7 million Americans 12 and older admitted to using the drug at least once in the month prior to being surveyed.
Andre Jones, 21, has been smoking marijuana since he was 11 years old as a 6th grader. He would only do it occasionally when he first started, but now it has become a part of his daily routine.
“I’ve been smoking for almost 11 years,” said Jones.”I tried it after somebody offered it to me one day and the habit just stuck with me,”
Those in support of legalization argue that sales of the drug could help revive our economy. With the great number of illegal smokers in the nation America could possibly cash in on a huge amount of much needed cash.
“The United States wastes billions of dollars enforcing marijuana laws even for low-level offenses, incarcerating and penalizing marijuana users, and denying seriously ill patients access to beneficial treatment,” according to drugpolicy.org.
Even though legalization has its bright side many wonder if it outweighs the cons. BalancedPolitics.org and legalizationofmarijuana.com are 2 sites that provide information on the laws behind the drug as well as the following reasons as pros and cons for legalization.
Legal marijuana has the potential to create new consumers rather than...