Essay about Should Marijuana Be Legal?

882 Words Oct 29th, 2016 4 Pages
“Just say no,” has been America’s approach since First Lady Nancy Regan used the phrase in 1982 (Lilienfeld and Arkowitz, 2014). However, the recent attention to drug legalization begs the question – is prohibition working? The drug debate is divided into three approaches: legalization, prohibition, and decriminalization. Though opinions vary within each approach, they have very specific themes.
Many for the legalization of drugs are particularly in favor for the legalization of marijuana. This stance is because most drug users are marijuana users. Marijuana has also been discussed to have medical properties but is tough to study due to its classification as a Schedule I substance. Marijuana has been found to combat pain, nausea, vomiting, and anxiety (Maule, 2015). These properties indicate that the drug may be useful in the treatment of diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and anorexia.
Legalization would also result in a reduction in the number of marijuana-related offenders in prison. Consequently, this reduction would then lead to lower taxes and give law enforcement time to focus on more pressing matters. It is indisputable that the number of individuals that belong to poor and minority communities receives the most punishment. Government regulation is also a hotly debated topic, but there doesn’t appear to be enough evidence to draw a conclusion about its effectiveness.
People who argue for prohibition believe that it is effective because it reduces demand and…

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