Why Is Cannabis Be Legalized Or Decriminalized?

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Beginning of Prohibition

The era of cannabis prohibition which started in the 1920’s and 30’s is coming to an end. In the modern world which we live in, it is only a matter of time till cannabis will become legalised or decriminalised, the question is through which is the right path to take.

Cannabis was made illegal originally in Ireland in 1912. The core reason behind this was because it was making workers ‘lazy and unproductive’ which in turn was bad for business. Plus it did not have a strong market in Europe because it was mostly grown in the South American continent, this meant importation and tax. In the 1930’s the United States also made Cannabis illegal for a number of reasons. In this period of time America had Alcohol
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Currently in the United States twenty three states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. (5) Alaska, Oregon Colarado and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. “In Alaska, adults 21 and older can now transport, buy or possess up to an ounce of marijuana and six plants. Oregon voters approved a similar measure allowing adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in public and 8 ounces in their homes. Colorado and Washington previously passed similar ballot measures legalizing marijuana in 2012.” (5) A number of states in the U.S have also decriminalised the possession of small amounts of cannabis. Delaware has passed legislation that makes the private use of up to an ounce of cannabis decriminalised, instead of penalties such a criminal charges, citizens now in Delaware will receive civil fines. (5) Some states in the U.S have also made the medical the use of cannabis legal. Depending on which state you live it then law varies state to state. “Some medical marijuana laws are broader than others, with types of medical conditions that allow for treatment varying from state to state.”(5) Other states have also legalised to use of cannabis oils to help people with certain medical illnesses. …show more content…
This started in December 2013 when President Mujica submitted a Bill of legislation to congress with the goal of establishing “state control and regulation of the importation, production, acquisition, commercialization, and distribution of marijuana.”(6) The legislation meant the government would be in control of the commercialization and the marketing of the cannabis. The goal of the government from this legislation was to take control of the marijuana trade in Uruguay which is ran by drug trafficking networks with yearly profits “between $30 to $40 million”. (6) They believed if cannabis was legalized and regulated as a resource for the country, it would mean profit back into the Uruguay economy and a decrease in profit in the illegal drug trade. This could also help decrease the rising crime rates in the country and reduce social violence and corruption that comes from the illegal drug trade. (6) This legislation would also be an alternative to the failing war on drugs. (7) It will be a matter of time till we see if this ground breaking legislation will work or be a failure, but it’s a huge step forward in ending

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