Legalizing Marijuana

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Legalizing Marijuana
AshleyAnn Zenk
January 7, 2013
SOC 120: Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility
Instructor: David Strand

Let’s rewind the clocks and take ourselves back to the days when there wasn’t a care in the world. When people were caring, love was free, and marijuana was a hallmark of the counterculture. Bell bottoms and long hair wrapped in bandannas was the style to wear. Everyone drove muscle cars and listened to rock and roll. Yes, I am taking us back to the 1960’s. The real story here that I am trying to point out is people were able to smoke a joint standing on the street and you couldn’t get in trouble for having a bag of pot in your pocket. Now day’s getting caught with a joint could land you in jail, with a ticket, or on probation. It’s just pot, so what’s the issue? Throughout this paper I will explain why it’s not as big of an issue as people make it out to be.

The recreational use of marijuana has become legal (depending on your definition) in Colorado and Washington. Over a dozen other states have decriminalized possession of small amounts and Massachusetts recently became the 18th state to allow its use for medicinal purposes. Through federal law still bans both the sale and possession of marijuana president Obama has said the federal government has “bigger fish to fry” and won’t aggressively prosecute tokers in states where its use is legal. Pot smokers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your pipe dreams. Legalizing marijuana is the beginning and far from ending.

The protesters that are against legalizing marijuana are over blown about the situation, making it seem more hazardous than it actually is. People need to open up their eyes and actually see that marijuana is safer to use than alcohol. People need to point out that it is actually indeed virtually impossible to over dose on smoking marijuana. I mean yes you can get to “high” and pass out, but it is not going to hurt you or make you go to the...
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