Legalization of Marijuana – The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs is such a huge issue in today’s society. What is the war on drugs? It refers to the governmental programs intended to suppress the consumption of certain recreational drugs. There are many other drugs that are more harmful to your body then marijuana. Alcohol and tobacco, which are legal “drugs”, are two of them. There are many reasons to why the government should legalize marijuana and there are also many reasons to why the government should not legalize marijuana. Today I would like to share with you my findings on this topic and convince you that the government should legalize marijuana.

Marijuana generally isn’t more harmful than alcohol or tobacco if used in moderation. Doctors will say that marijuana does not have serious health effects if used in moderation. Tobacco, alcohol and even caffeine are more addictive than marijuana. How many people do you know that smoke a pack a day, or have to have their two cups of coffee every day? Do you think that they would want the government to put limitations on how many cigarettes they can smoke or how many cups of coffee they can drink in one day? Probably not! So why should there be restrictions on the use of marijuana?

Yes, problems occur when marijuana is abused but how often is alcohol abused? One major difference between alcohol and marijuana is that you cannot overdose on marijuana whereas too much alcohol consumption can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can be fatal. A person would have to smoke 40,000 times the amount of marijuana to overdoes, so it is practically impossible. Alcohol is responsible for over 100,000 deaths a year whereas marijuana kills only less than 10,000. There are more alcohol related car accidents then marijuana related accidents. Let’s take a look at the effects of marijuana compared to tobacco.

Many people think that smoking marijuana is as harmful to your health as tobacco. This however is not completely true. Tobacco has a 90% addiction rate whereas marijuana is less addictive than caffeine. Most marijuana smokers smoke the bud, not the leaf, of the plant. The bud only contains 33% tar as tobacco. Due to the effects of the cannabis in marijuana, pot smokers don’t smoke nearly as much as tobacco users. From a study of marijuana uses and tobacco users, the marijuana users said they smoked three or four joints daily on average compared to tobacco users smoking on average 25 cigarettes daily.

Cannabis, unlike tobacco does not cause any narrowing of the small air passageways in the lungs. There are no cases if lung cancer that have been successfully linked to marijuana use. Legalization would mean lower prices of the marijuana. Since marijuana is illegal, the prices are a lot more expensive than they should be. Drug dealers jack up the prices for production, transportation and the risk of selling. Drug dealers are the biggest opponents of legalization of marijuana. They make their huge sums of money from little competition and high street prices.

Legalization would lower prices and open competition. This will eliminate most, if not all of drug dealers business. If there are less drug dealers, there would be less drug related crimes, such as disputes between a drug dealer and a customer, and police would be freed up to deal with more serious crimes. There are worse crimes being committed in society that police can be paying attention to then a minor marijuana violation. Our prisons are already overcrowded and this would help eliminate that problem. The government is always coming up with more and more taxes that we as citizens have to pay.

People are obviously buying marijuana no matter what, so why not legalize it and make people pay taxes on it? This would just be one more item that could be taxed. Even though this may not be a good thing for the consumer, it is good for the government. We as citizens and taxpayers are spending so much money on incarcerating people for marijuana. Instead of continually putting people in jail for marijuana, the government should legalize it and sell it. We will pay taxes on it and that tax money can go towards more important things like healthcare.

You may be thinking, “well if the government is now legally selling marijuana, then wont it be easier for kids or teens to get a hold of the drug? ” Yes that may be true but kids can still easily get a hold of alcohol or cigarettes if they know someone that will buy it for them. They can just do the same thing with marijuana. You have to be a certain age to buy alcohol and cigarettes. There is no age limit for you to buy marijuana. Anyone and any age can have ac connection with a drug dealer and buy marijuana. If they don’t have their own drug dealer, chances are they know someone who does.

Maybe legalizing marijuana would be better for the stoppage of teen marijuana use. Besides just recreational usage of marijuana, there are also medical benefits such as those for cancer patients. There are a number of benefits of marijuana for people undergoing chemotherapy and depression. Smoking marijuana before going into a clinic for chemotherapy, can reduce vomiting and nausea. Many people who do have cancer or are undergoing chemotherapy may also be depressed. Smoking marijuana mellows you out and helps you forget your problems; therefore you may be in a better mood.

Marijuana can also reduce pain that is sometimes caused by prescribed drugs to help treat illnesses. Some illnesses can also cause you to lose your appetite. It is unhealthy for one to not be eating. Marijuana heightens your appetite. Smoking marijuana in times like this can be beneficial to your health. The debate over legalization of marijuana continues today and may continue for years to come. Although you may not agree with my position on this situation, I hope I have made you think a little more about the topic. This could be a war that ends tomorrow or will continue on for several years.