Marijuana, what is also known as the cannabis miracle plant is badly misconstrued. When people talk about marijuana, it is considered a taboo especially in American society, but it is actually a wonder drug that has so many advantages to benefit mankind. The legalization of marijuana is an ethical issue that has been debated for years. An effective solution to this ethical issues is the classical theory of utilitarianism to help battle the conflicts of legalizing Marijuana. The opposing view of classical theory is the alternative perspectives like relativism. The classical theory of utilitarianism is the greatest good for the greatest amount of people (Moser, 2013). Marijuana has so many benefits that it does the most good for the most people. It has so many to benefit mankind like fuel, paper, housing, inspiration, textiles, food, oil, and medical uses (Multidimensional, 2009). On the other hand relativism can be against the legalization of marijuana. Relativism is moral claims that are good or bad for a given society. In American Society Marijuana is consider bad because it is a drug that has allegedly bad for your health, also for religious beliefs, for the gate way drug theory and it ability to be addictive drug.
To begin with, I have to give a little history of marijuana and how it was once used in America. Marijuana is also known as cannabis and hemp. Marijuana come from the cannabis sativa plant. Cannabis is several of mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drugs, such as hashish or marijuana, prepared from various parts of the hemp plant (Dictionary, 2013). The founding fathers of the United States like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin grew cannabis (Regan, 2010). Benjamin Franklin grew on of the first paper mill that produced durable and long-lasting hemp paper that was to play a crucial role in the founding the new nation of the United States Of America( Regan,2010). In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act prohibited the use, sale and cultivation of hemp/marijuana in the United States (Flannigan, Maguire, & Harvey, 2007). It was deemed okay after World War II and made legal by the government. After the war, in 1948 congress made marijuana and all the forms of cannabis illegal because congress recognized the communist were using marijuana to weaken Americas’ will to fight (Flannigan, Maguire, & Harvey, 2007).
To Continue, The utilitarianism theory could solve a lot of the ethical dilemmas associated with the legalization of marijuana. The utilitarianism theory as stated by Mosser (2010), “is the theory that people should choose that which maximizes the utility of all those who are affected by a given act” (para. 5). How can the utilitarianism theory resolve this issue? It can resolve this issue by making marijuana legal. Marijuana which is also known as cannabis, which can also be used as hemp. Hemp is a form of cannabis, which has a variety of economic and environmental friendly uses. It can be used for an array of uses like: food, paper products, textiles, moulded plastics, baby care products, essential oils, nutritional supplements products, livestock bedding, livestock feed, construction, and medicines ( Marcus & Small, 2002). Hemp in construction has a versatile use that is economically and environmental helpful to everyone.
Furthermore, Hemp Technologies uses a principal material that is hempcrete to build California’s first house made out of hemp (Head, 2012). “Hemp is very close in cellulosic value to wood”, making the material warm in the winter and cool in the summer (Head, 2012). The material is resistant to fire, termites, and locks in about 12 tons carbon dioxide that would otherwise have escaped into the atmosphere when the hemp cellulose decays in the field, making it great for the environment (Head, 2012). Everyone can benefit from houses made from hemp because takes a lot of the toxins of carbon dioxide making the air cleaner. It can also create a lot of job...
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