Marijuana Prohibition Has Failed United States Essay

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Marijuana Prohibition Has Failed United States
In today’s society, criminalizing the use of marijuana has proved to be as effective as prohibition ended the consumption of alcohol in 1920. In retrospect, many people find ways in which to illegally obtain the drug. This drug has infiltrated our nation to the point that many citizens find the drug readily available in society and according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 34.8% of 12th graders admitted to abusing the drug in the year prior to the survey (NIDA). In today’s culture, the percentage of young people that use marijuana is still on the rise from year to year. Yet still surprisingly, legalization of marijuana continues to bring controversy to the public.
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Although the Ending Federal Prohibition of Marijuana Act of 2011 may be the most suitable to our
Country, this act also has flaws of its own which may be detrimental to society such as the effects on youth, crime rates, and as a precursor to harder and more addicting drugs. According to the act, the only law that would remain would be prevention of marijuana traveling over state borders in violation of the individual states' laws (Frank). This means that each state would set rules and regulations on the sale of marijuana and in turn the restriction on who may purchase this drug, percentage of
Tetrahydrocannabinol, and other relevant factors. The effects of marijuana on society show it being detrimental to the decision making process of humans. According to a study by the RAND Corporation, approximately 60 percent of arrestees test positive for marijuana use in the United States, England, and Australia. Further, marijuana metabolites are found in arrestees’ urine more frequently than those of any other drug (Stimson). Although the study suggests marijuana may be the culprit for the arrest of a convict, the study doesn’t say if the convict was on any other substance. However you may look on the stance of marijuana prohibition, it is a fact that marijuana is less harmful than substances such as alcohol that are legal in today’s society.
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