LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA 4
Issuespertaining to the legalization of marijuana have always beencontroversial particularly in the contemporary human society. Thismay have been triggered by the fact that marijuana has always beenknown as an addictive drug whose effects are less than appealing. Itgoes without saying that there are strong voices both for and againstthe legalization of marijuana, each of which come with considerablystrong arguments. However, while there may be differing opinions,marijuana should be legalized.
First,legalization comes as the only way that the government would have thecapacity to control its sale and usage. Scholars have noted thatprohibition has been unsuccessful in regulating the use andproduction of marijuana. Indeed, such prohibitions and stiffpenalties have only succeeded in pushing the producers and users todo it in hiding (Ruschmann,2003).This makes it difficult to control the sale and usage of the drug toor by underage individuals. Legalization, on the other hand, wouldallow for enhanced control pertaining to the sale and usage of thedrug.
Inaddition, its legalization would actually be profitable to theeconomy in the long-term and short-term. Indeed, researchers haveacknowledged that it is quite expensive for the justice system tocombat marijuana, in spite of its relatively few undesirable effects.It has been estimated that a total of 750,000 people are arrestedevery year for the possession of marijuana (Ruschmann,2003).This number translates to millions of dollars in additional costs ofjustice for the investigation and sentencing of these cases. On thesame note, such arrests clog the already overstretched justicesystem. The legalization of marijuana, on the other hand, wouldeliminate these costs and enable the government to tax producers,sellers and users of the drug, thereby obtaining funds that can beused in support of beneficial government programs (Ruschmann,2003).Further, quite a large amount of financial resources would be savedin reduced number of offenders in jail and fewer officers in lawenforcement agencies.
Moreover,marijuana has been seen as having positive medicinal attributes, notto mention the fact that its recreational use comes with relativelymild side effects. Research ha shown that marijuana is effective inrelieving pain and eliminating spasticity and nausea, alongside othersymptoms even in instances where conventional medications have beenunsuccessful. Indeed, a large number of individuals consume the drugas a way of obtaining moderate or mild relaxation (Ruschmann,2003).Unlike other drugs and substances, marijuana has considerably lowcapacity for developing dependency, as well as few or easy-to manageside effects.
Ofcourse, there are people who feel that marijuana should remainillegal. Indeed, they state that marijuana is destructive to anindividual’s physical health and can cause mental abnormalities,birth defects, as well as heighten the risk for leukemia in kids.However, such assertions have been found to have no basis in science.Indeed, scholars have noted that marijuana is safer than cigarettesor even alcohol, yet these are already considered legal (Ruschmann,2003).It would be ironical that marijuana, which has fewer side effects andeven some medicinal value particularly in the case of chronic pain,would still be illegal.
Inconclusion, the legalization of marijuana would allow for enhancedcontrol or regulation of its use, provide a source of revenue for thecountry, as well as allow for the exploitation of its medicinalvalue.
Ruschmann,P. (2003). LegalizingMarijuana.New York: Infobase Pub.