Marijuana Essay

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Marijuana has yet to proven addictive, deadly, and it’s role in being a “gate-way drug” is extremely controversial. Ten states have already taken steps in the right direction to do the right thing about the Marijuana issue. The states of California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Oregon have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of Marijuana. Therefore, making the possession a mitigate fine with no jail time. Still in other states offenders are meticulous of the punishments delt to the offenders. Under the first amendment we supposedly have a freedom of choice. The laws against marijuana rob Americans of this right. In no certain place in the United States Constitution does it specifically say that marijuana should be illegal.

So does that or does that not make the Tenth Amendment come into play? This amendment basically says if a law is forgotten or left out, the government is to leave it up to the states to come up with the law and decide what is best for that state. But that can’t be because the federal government will not let the states do what they have been told that could do since

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1791. The voters in the states of California, Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon have voted and passed legislations that would make marijuana legal for medical use. Unfortunatly the federal government will not allow people suffering from various illnesses including, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and anorexia legal use of marijuana which all could help ease their pain and suffering. Is it right that a cancer patient should be punished and fined because he didn’t feel like throwing up after his chemotherapy?

Or that an AIDS patient wanted to gain the weight that was lost because of his loss of appetite due to his medications that he is being prescribed. Currently alcoholic drinks are legal due to protection from the twenty-first amendment. Yet, alcohol is solely responsible for the deaths of more then 100,000 Americans; although it is still legal. Cigarettes are legal and contain the same amount of chemicals that marijuana does and it is directly related to the deaths of more then 400,000 Americans. But in over 10,000 years of usage there has yet to be a documented death due directly to the use of marijuana. By keeping marijuana illegal it is costing taxpayers $7.5 billion a year. My resolution is that the money should be spent on pursuing and prosecuting violent criminals, and keeping them from becoming repeat offenders.

By keeping marijuana illegal it is also making it illegal to grow hemp, which can be used to manufacture cloth, paper, and rope. Would you consider the founding fathers of our country to be criminals? George Washington once said, “Make the most of the hemp seed. Sow it everywhere.” Looks like George Washington, our very first president, was a criminal. Should he be thrown in jail and possibly violated by violent and multiple offenders. I’m not trying to provoke anyone to go out and throw away their money so they can relieve some stress and tension. I’m just saying that just as there are people who drink responsibly, people can also use marijuana responsibly. Marijuana has been illegal for over sixty years although 65 million Americans or one third of the U.S. population still use it. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1963, “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

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