Decriminalization Of Marijuana

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Literature Review What is marijuana? It is a, “dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa,” (“Marijuana”, 2016). Nothing that is good or your body and in Colorado alone, marijuana related hospital visits increased by a 154 percent from 2006 to 2014 (“Unpacking pot”, 2016). The fact is that drugs, not just marijuana, are a big part of not just Americans lives, but everyone around the world. It is getting out of control for the government and police departments to contain. Stricter laws and more patrol needs to be out on the streets trying to stop this! Also, not legalizing drugs would help this problem.
Drug Trafficking is, “Drug trafficking is an issue worldwide and defined as the “global illicit trade involving
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Getting rid of all drug related laws would just lead to a giant increase in the use of bad drugs. In college, a 2014 study from the University of Michigan shows that nearly 6 percent of college students use marijuana daily or almost daily. That is a 2.5 percent increase since 2007. “In other words, one in every 17 college students are smoking marijuana on a daily or near-daily basis, defined as use on 20 or more occasions in the prior 30 days (“Daily marijuana use”, 205). This statistic would dramatically increase if marijuana was legalized. “Much of this increase may be due to the fact that marijuana use at any level has come to be seen as dangerous by fewer adolescents and young adults. For example, while 55 percent of all 19-to-22-year-old high school graduates saw regular marijuana use as dangerous in 2006, only 35 percent saw it as dangerous by 2014,” (“Daily marijuana use”, 2015) . In Colorado alone, “In the two-year average (2013/2014) since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, youth past month marijuana use increased 20 percent compared to the two-year average prior to legalization (2011/2012),” (“Impact of Marijuana”, …show more content…
Even though a lot of people do it legally and it would stop the illegal use of marijuana, other illegal problems will occur. A good solution to lower some of the use of marijuana is to ban it in all states. Also, make the punishment greater if someone is caught with it. Make the first offense five years in prison with no possibility of parole and the second offense ten years with no parole. After the second offense, life in prison and people will start to take this issue seriously. Another solution could be that businesses drug test more often. It does not matter what kind of job it is. Whether you work at McDonalds or are the CEO of a big company, drug user should not have a job. Yes, people will still use it and a lot of people will riot, but we have to make people understand the issue. If the laws do not get stricter than the percentage of people using it will continue to go

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