Marijuana Legalization – Reasons to Reconsider by brendonashmore


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									                             Marijuana Legalization – Reasons to Reconsider

Marijuana legalization remains a serious moral controversy. Marijuana is still categorized as a Schedule I
drug under the US federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that makes it illegal to consume, possess,
grow, and transfer or trade. Apart from US, many other countries still prohibit marijuana usage whether
it’s medical or recreational.

There are many valid reasons to legalize this completely natural herb. Unlike other drugs, marijuana
usage can be easily discontinued, as the person has no physical cravings. Marijuana is substantially less
addictive than caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, legal substances that cause more harm to human beings.
Evaluating the medical benefits of marijuana, physicians have used this drug to alleviate the condition of
hundreds of patients suffering from debilitating illnesses like AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer,
chronic pain, glaucoma, and migraine, persistent muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis,
seizures associated with epilepsy, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic or persistent
medical symptoms. Many patients who are growing marijuana on their own according to the medical
marijuana laws enacted in 17 US states have to face prosecution from the law personnel due to the
loopholes in the compatibility of the MMJ laws and federal marijuana criminalization. Marijuana
legalization will make life easier for both the police and the patients.

Government and public both would certainly have their fair share if marijuana is legalized or drug
enforcement is eased off. The government would be able to cut off their drug enforcement costs, which
is a significant amount, and taxpayers would save billions of dollars. The needy growers, especially
patients who are being treated with MMJ, would gladly be ready to pay the tax also, if the marijuana
commodities are made taxable. Marijuana can be used in paper industry as hemp, is a renewable source
of fuel, and eco-friendly to grow. Marijuana legalization will definitely boost the economy forward
creating more employment opportunities in the mainstream and subsidiary marijuana industry. On the
other hand, it will cut off the illegal black market of cannabis, ceasing the draining of money to street
gangs and criminals and prohibiting it to reach the hands of underage children who do not require it.

Prohibition laws actually strikes a blow at the very principles of democracy upon which our government
is established. According to the latest Gallup poll, half of the American population now supports
marijuana legalization. At least, if not anything else, government should respect public opinion and
reconsider its decision on marijuana laws.

So, if you feel Alcohol - A "killer" drug is legal, but people are jailed for a healing herb, it’s now time to
think about Marijuana Legalization.

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