Recently some states (including California) have moved to not only decriminalize but actually legalize the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. Do you support this movement? Why or why not? Can you think of some unintended consequences of such policy changes?
(yes personally I support the movement)
Decriminalization and legalization of Marijuana
I support the marijuana movement that advocates for legalized possession and use of small amounts of Marijuana. There has been a growing movement for the legalization and decriminalization of Marijuana. This has been linked to medicinal purposes, reduced crime, and reduced law enforcement costs. Legalizing and developing regulated systems for Marijuana is good for the economy, like alcohol and cigarette. Allowing responsible use of Marijuana for adults protects young individuals by lowering access to Marijuana.
Over the years, obtaining Marijuana has promoted crime due to illegal status. This is because the only way users can acquire Marijuana is through criminal acts. For instance, the drug dealers have to smuggle into the country, including criminal pursuits while smuggling. This has led to drug dealers and users adjusting to a life of crime since they require Marijuana. Legalizing Marijuana makes it a safe and legal way in which the users can access through a regulated system. This will lead to fewer individuals being involved in crimes such as violence and death as desperate people steal and get Marijuana.
The legalization of Marijuana would effectively lower law enforcement costs and improve the justice system. Ideally, individuals that are imprisoned for light crimes such as selling, buying, or using Marijuana develop violent crimes due to the prison culture. Legalizing Marijuana will allow those using and selling Marijuana to be productive members of society instead of criminals. Additionally, resources and time utilized to track and chase the users and sellers would track down violent crimes that cause harm to society.
Use of a small amount of Marijuana for medical purposes in all manner of pains and aches and relieving illness should be allowed. There is substantial evidence from studies linked to the use of Marijuana for medicinal purposes showing the medical benefits of Marijuana. However, without proper regulation, the legalization of Marijuana may result in increased use and overdependence. The advocates for Marijuana’s policy changes have ignored the fact that it offers youths inducements to consume Marijuana.
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