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Marcus Haigler
Josh Hall
English 110
3 December 2012
When will Marijuana be Legalized in California
There is no solid reason for marijuana to be illegal. The risks and dangers of taking it are about the same as the risks of drinking alcohol of smoking tobacco, both which are legal for adults. Furthermore, making it illegal is ineffective at stopping minors from taking the drug, and makes the drug more dangerous because it cannot be regulated. Legal marijuana would be less dangerous because it would have to conform to safety standards, and have warnings to keep people informed, like cigarettes do. If society can change their views on alcohol, they can change their views on marijuana.

In California’s 2012 ballots prop 19 was created to legalize marijuana. November 6th, 2012 Colorado and Washington both legalized marijuana in their states, “Saying yes to California's Proposition 19 would have meant that adults could legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana. They also would have been allowed to grow marijuana on up to 25 square feet of their property” (Doherty). A lot of people, mainly college students would love to have marijuana legalized, but will they still smoke once it is legalized? Similar to alcohol, teenagers drink when young because it is a rebel thing to do, but once the age of 21 and they have to purchase alcohol they tend to bring it down a notch. It’s much more exciting when you’re doing things against the law, rather than going with the law. The prop was created not only just the legalization, but also taxing marijuana which can help the economy grow, and help California out with the humongous debt that the states in. Richard Lee, a medical marijuana entrepreneur, who operates a big dispensary and associated retail stores in Oakland, was a big supporter of Prop 19. Even while thriving within the medical marijuana system, Lee has always pushed for full legalization, because he thinks "prohibition is hypocritical, unjust, and unfair”...
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