Why is marijuana so taboo in our society?
They’re numerous slang terms for marijuana that vary from town to town and from community to community. Some often used names are: “cannabis,” “pot,” “grass,” “herb,” “weed,” “Mary Jane,” “reefer,” “green,” “chronic,” ”ganga,” and all these would be adverse to use in a regular daily conversation, but why? Why is marijuana still a huge taboo in our society? After all many famous intellectuals are in favor of the legalization of marijuana. For instance Al Gore is an environmental activist, founded the alliance for climate protection and was the 45th vice president of the United States. Although I bet you didn’t know that he is a strong supporter of legalizing marijuana. The founding father of our nation George Washington said himself "Make the most you can of the Indian hemp seed and sow it everywhere." 11 United States presidents have either grew, smoked, or supported to legalization of marijuana including our current president Barack Obama. Some other well-known open supporters are Snoop Dogg, John Mayer, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Zach Galifianakis. Actor Jennifer Aniston says “I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it.” Along with Actor Johnny Depp saying “I’m not a big pothead or anything like that but weed is much less dangerous than alcohol.”
That brings me to my next point, why is marijuana illegal? The prohibition of marijuana is a bad idea all together. There was a prohibition on alcohol from 1919 to 1933 and that was a huge fail that came out very unbeneficial. Believe it or not having marijuana legal is the worst thing we can do to handle it. Keeping marijuana illegal ultimately creates a “black market” which is an illegal traffic or trade in officially controlled or scarce commodities. The black market creates a huge amount of violence and crime and it is very unsafe. For example the black market in Mexico today is ran by the Mexican drug cartels which are...
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