Ethics: Theory and Practice

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Ethics: Theory and Practice
“Legalizing Marijuana”
Ramiro Torres
SOC 120
John Meeks
7 April 2013

It seems that one of the most controversial issues in our society today is about the legalization of marijuana. Ethics tends to play a very important role when trying to come up with an answer to the problems that arise when the subject is brought up. It raises ethical issues in personal, political and religious circles. Depending on an individual believes is right or wrong can also help influence on which way they will chose to vote for the legalization of marijuana if it was ever to be put to a ballot. In reading about the use and side effects of the use of marijuana I found that there were many pros and cons to this subject. In my opinion utilitarianism theories could be used in helping to resolve the problems on these issues people are having in regards to legalizing its use. According to Mosser, utilitarian’s would approach ethics by the moral worth of an action and that was what would end up determining the usefulness, so in theory a drug that is illegal had more positive uses to it than negative effects, especially if used properly and not abused that it would be possible for the steps to be taken for the legalizing it. However, politics seem to play a big part in it not being legalized its use while the more liberal people are the less they see a drug problem. Instead many would rather legalize it and tax it to help boost the economic in the recent downward spiral America is under. It seems unreal the people would not try to change the policies on this drug so, that hemp could be used to stop trees from getting chopped down to using it for fossil fuels and minimizing the amount of foreign fossil fuels that Americans depend upon (Murphy, 2009, WFP). For many decades, marijuana has been a very popular and controversial issue in society. Yet the rumors around cannabis, aka marijuana, are not all true. In fact, most of the information people have about weed is the exact opposite. Even as kids, the American children are taught about the dangers of weed, and although minors should not smoke, the information they are being taught is wrong. Citizens think that this drug is harmful to your health when it really has positive effects on the body. They also do not see the benefits from legalizing marijuana, like the economic benefits. Lastly, an alarming amount of people against marijuana smoke tobacco, which is more addictive and incredibly more dangerous than cannabis. Legalizing marijuana has been a big issue in America but if people knew the true facts about its health benefits, economic benefits and how it is a safer and healthier substance than tobacco, then people will understand why it should be permitted in society. The debate over the legalization of Cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, has been one of the most controversial issues ever to occur in the United States. Its use as a medicine has existed for thousands of years in many countries worldwide. “Those who follow utilitarianism suggest that there is an obvious solution that is fair, and it may be one that appeals to common sense as well” (Mosser, 2010). Considering utilitarianism approach, marijuana should be legalized for several reasons: the government could earn money from taxes on its sale; its value to the medical world outweighs its potential abuse; prohibition is not an effective solution to the problems associated with marijuana use; and sensible regulation, would reduce violence. Legalization should be considered despite efforts made by groups, which say marijuana is a harmful drug that will increase crime rates and lead users to other more dangerous substances. People who support the prohibition of marijuana claim that it is unhealthy and dangerous, which deontology would take this approach; not looking at the potential good that can come from this. They say we need to protect our...
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