The Debate Over Legalization Of Marijuana Essay

1289 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Over the last decade there has been an ongoing debate on the legalization of marijuana. There are many pros and cons in this marijuana debate. However the public opinion has changed in the past few years. There has been a dramatic long-term shift. A new survey finds that 53% favor the legal use of marijuana, while 44% are opposed. As recently as 2006, just 32% supported marijuana legalization, while nearly twice as many (60%) were opposed. Millennials have been in the forefront of this change: They favor legalizing marijuana use way more than all other generations. I am not a millennial but I do support the legalization of marijuana. I also noticed that Georgia has some of the most hardest marijuana laws in the southeast, with possession of a mere 2 ounces being punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It’s clear these laws have not been successful, and some evidence even shows that Georgia’s laws are not being enforced fairly. In the early 1990’s there was a campaign started by the first lady of the United States, Nancy Reagan entitled “Just Say No”. There was a major drug epidemic in the United States during the 1980’s and 1990’s with crack cocaine. Crack cocaine is a free base form of cocaine that most people smoked. It offers a short but intense high to smokers unlike marijuana which has a longer lasting effect. The use of pure cocaine had been going on for years with little or no enforcement. In the 1970s when crack cocaine first appeared there was a dramatically…

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