It is evident that movements of change are often inevitable and unavoidable, no matter how long opposition is present. It is the decision of the society in which this change occurs, to accept it, and grant this change access into their world. Or, oppose it and strive to keep the normalcy and ways of the past.
However, before this decision is indirectly made by society, they must recognize this change as benefiting them, or hurting them. In the case of the legalization of marijuana, this change would benefit our nation as a whole. The benefits we would see would be reaped by not only by those who originally desired it to be legalized, but also for those who opposed it. In other terms, the positive change it will bring will affect everyone, in some way, whether they want it to or not.
Within the ongoing fight over this matter, there is a great deal of smaller facets, and minor disagreements that have made this issue a significant and very public issue. It is time to legalize marijuana; the benefits greatly outweigh the miniscule consequences of it. The support for it, and the reason and fact that stands behind this argument, is only gaining for strength and growing as time goes on.
The government can not longer deny marijuana its appropriate place in society today as the benefits of legalization become clearer to people everywhere.
Marijuana is constantly criticized for its general properties that some people take into account in terms of health risks and the effect it has on the safety of people, and consequences it may have on life. Marijuana is non-toxic and generally a safe substance to use.
Opposition argues that habitual use may lead to severe health problems. Yet, this is true of most substances when habitually used, or used in excess. For example, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, all have properties that in fact, are more harmful than marijuana.
Also, overuse is recognized of these substances, yet institutionalized in society, unlike marijuana. If legalization was passed, there would be medical benefits as well. It is widely known through research, that marijuana does have actually medical properties, and can be utilized in a controlled setting for medical aid. It is generally accepted that medical marijuana can be used to aid in chemotherapy, glaucoma, appetite, and many neurological disorders, among a long list of reasons.
In fact, the medical marijuana within states that have decriminalized it, such as California, has seen the health benefits in society, that don’t necessarily have a negative effect on society. In truth, the greatest health benefit of marijuana is its safety, unlike other medicines.
No one has ever died from using too much marijuana. Marijuana is a naturally occurring substance that in essence has properties that can be utilized and be useful and beneficial to people.
Perhaps the more widely seen part of marijuana is the effort the government puts forth into keep it illegal and out of people hands. Within this losing battle, millions are spent on eradicating the growing, transportation, distribution and use of marijuana. However, the prevalence of these marijuana related ‘crimes’ are a direct result of the government’s policies that classify these acts as unlawful and illegal.
The money the government would save if marijuana was legalized is simply, outrageous.
We as society would benefit from this as the financial aspect of legalization would give a boost to other government aspects that need stimulation right now such as our economy and healthcare. Marijuana is the largest cash crop in California, legal or illegal. That fact alone goes to show how the rapid growth of marijuana and all its aspects in society have become so large and prevalent, has caused the government to spend the ridiculous amounts of money on keeping it illegal.
They cannot keep up, and legalization would disperse this money to elsewhere. The money spent on jail, and keep people incarcerated contributes to the battle for legalization. Our country also spends a huge amount of money on prisoners’ each year. In fact, One third of those prisoners being nonviolent drug offenders. There were 14,005,615 Marijuana related arrests in total in 2008 with only 594,911 of those being violent crimes.
This highlights the fact that people are often receiving unfair sentences, due to marijuana related crimes. Furthermore, this takes up a significant amount of prison space that could otherwise be used adequately for more serious criminals, such as murderers and rapists.
The fight for the legalization is a subject highly spoke of among politicians, as it remains such a burning issue. Yet, it is not this attention that will potentially cause the legalization of marijuana. It is the passionate, well-informed and driven people that can see the truth within marijuana as a legal substance in society. It would be rash to put a birth date on the battle for legalizing it, as people have been using it as well as supporting its legalization for many decades now.
There are few health risks, positive medical use, saving of mass amounts of federal money, and all negative parts of the war on marijuana would naturally subside.
The force behind its support for legalization will not go away, and will continue until it is legalized. It has been this way for a long time, and there is nothing that will or can change it, besides the complete legalization of it.
Supporters have made this clear, and will not stop due to the multitude of reasons for having it legalized. It is evident that regulation and control, is exponentially more successful than illegalization.Unfortunately drug testing is still going and we are forced to use fake pee for drug test or detox drinks otherwise we are going to lose our job or even our freedom.
Much of the rationale behind marijuana as a legal substance lies within the desire of the people, and their presentation of reason, as a society.
Legalizing marijuana would not silence these people, but validate their reason for having a legal substance in society that benefits people, rather than fueling a host of problems.