Chief Justice G. Abenes
The legalization of marijuana has always been a controversial issue in this country, and has recently been the cause of distinction between a conservative and liberal politician. The federal law prohibiting marijuana stemmed from the Prohibition Act also known as the Eighteenth Amendment during the 1920s. This era was defined as the Prohibition Era, in which, alcoholic beverages were banned from stores and other distributors. In the same decade, the Uniform State Narcotic act was passed in 1925 which enabled the police to seize any drugs, including marijuana used in illegal trade. Twenty years later, the Narcotics Control Act of 1956 made possession of marijuana illegal with a minimum sentence of two years in prison. The government also established the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to enforce the Narcotics Control Act and oversee any cases in which marijuana, narcotics and etc. are involved. Recently turning eighteen, I now have the right to vote for the next election. The legalization of marijuana has always been controversial topic between politicians. Marijuana has always been attributed to gangs, criminals and etc. Frequently, however, has the pros of this plant had always been overlooked by authorities. Historically, marijuana has been a medicinal herb used to ease pain and relax muscles. Marijuana should be legalized, and I support this position with three primary reasons: the legalization of marijuana allows permanent disbandment of gangs that distribute them illegally, racial equality, and allows the distribution of medicinal marijuana to those in need.
Legalizing the distribution of marijuana would undermine the power projection of gangs, who mostly rely on drug trafficking as a part of their revenue. The inclusion of marijuana trade into the private sectors of our economy would undermine drug cartels, which have monopolized selling marijuana, by selling marijuana to consumers at a much...
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