Monday, October 20, 2014

Legalization of Marijuana



NY Times: Repeal Prohibition, Again

The prohibition on alcohol in 1920 lasted 13 years which caused many social and economic problems among people is now being repeated with a current 40 year ban of marijuana. There have been many arrests and charges against people with possession of marijuana, where are there are almost three times the amounts of arrest for marijuana possession than there is for cocaine, heroine and other drugs combined. There's been honest debate about the effects of marijuana and that it is not as harmful as tobacco and alcohol where %75 of states have made some sort of legalization of the drug. Overall, this article was primarily opinionated in legalizing rather than giving a counter argument and defending both sides. However, i found it to be very factual and display very basic yet strong evidence that supports the legalization of the drug.

I want to know what you guys think on a seemingly age old question: Do you feel there should be a legalization of marijuana in all 50 states and if so to what extent? If no, why not? 

8 comments:

  1. No, I do not think it should be legalized. Weed, while it may have medical benefits, is very hard to regulate. When a person drives under the influence of alcohol, a quick breathalyzer test can determine whether or not they are capable of driving safely. Weed, however, is a grey area that cannot be defined using a breathalyzer test. Driving under the influence of weed is equivalent to driving under the influence of booze, and you are risking the lives of others. Until there is a set way to define the legal limit of marijuana, as well as a way to monitor it so it isn't laced with anything, I don't think it shoud be fully legalized.

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    1. I agree with Jen on this, we don't have any way to limit or monitor weed if it's legalized. For now it would be best if it still stays illegal.

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  2. I have to agree with Jenna; marijuana should not be legalized. While it may not have the same effects as alcohol, it has its own effects. Just because it's "far less dangerous" doesn't mean it hasn't caused serious problems. However, I'm not sure how much it will matter if we legalize or prohibit the substance. For many people, odds are if they want it they will find a way to get it. Perhaps we need to address this in another manner, possibly by educating more people about the long and short term effects of marijuana. This is a free country, but we need to keep people safe and healthy.

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  3. My motto when it comes to things like this is "legalized but regulated." If marijuana is legalized but sold only by licensed growers, for example, this can reduce incidents like Jenna Bell described (laced weed). If weed is illegal, people will still use it, but it will be unregulated and therefore far more dangerous. I also believe it is IMPERATIVE to legalize medical cannabis, which offers pain relief but not the "high" associated with recreational marijuana. I recently had a family friend who died of cancer, and his only relief in his last few months of being alive was cannabis drops. Without them, he wouldn't have been able to move around due to excruciating pain from a tumor in his back. Thanks to this remedy, which is legal in CA but not on a federal level, he was able to really live his life before he died. - Charis Nixon

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  4. I agree with the Jennas and think that marijuana shouldn't be legalized because of the long term and short term effects. People like to smoke marijuana just for the short term effects, like the hallucinations and and calm and relaxed feelings, but they don't think of the long term effects. Marijuana can lead to damaged lungs, increase chance of cancer, loss of memory, and much more. I am not sure if medical marijuana should be legal either because some people get the medical cards even though they don't need it medically so they can just smoke it recreationally. Medical marijuana does help some people, for example, if people can't sleep, it helps them to be calm and sleep well. Do you guys think medical marijuana should be legal?

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  5. I agree with "Char Bear" in legalizing marijuana. It helps a lot of patients in need of it. It could also lower crime rates. I see marijuana the way I see alcohol. It should of course be illegal to smoke marijuana and drive, but they shouldn't stop people from smoking weed because either way people are going to get a hold of it. It's so easy for a kid my age to get weed within a hour, as well as middle school kids. Of course there should be a certain age people must be to smoke marijuana, but they should not make marijuana illegal to everyone. I think people think marijuana is a lot worse than it actually is. I believe it's as bad for your health as alcohol.

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    1. I completely agree with you Sharona and with what Charis said as well. It is already being used for medical purposes which can be extremely helpful to people with strong/painful illnesses. If it were to be legalized there should and will be a legal age to do it at, similar to the drinking age. I feel that if it was federally legalized then it could even create a source of economic profits. The last thing is that some people still seem to think the effects are worse than they really are creating a bad image to something that isn't as bad as it sounds/appears.

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