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Niral Patel
Comp 111
8/10/2012
Research Paper
Why Marijuana Should not be Legalized?
In America today, marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug. The name marijuana is a Mexican slang word, which became popular in the 1930’s, which refers to the medicinal parts of the cannabis plant. Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture that is created through drying the leaves and flowering tops of the cannabis plant. Some of the more popular street names are weed, pot, herb, grass, Mary Jane, boom, gangster, and chronic. One question that has haunted Americans for a long time is “Should the use of marijuana be legalized?” Some say, “Yes”, while others say, “No”. Owning marijuana was made a criminal offence in 1937 when Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act. Even with this new law, people continued to use the drug. Legalization or decriminalization of marijuana is opposed by a vast majority of American’s and people around the world. Leaders in marijuana prevention, education, treatment and law enforcement adamantly oppose the substance, as do many political leaders. However, pro-drug advocacy group, who support the permissive use of illicit drugs, although small in number, are making headlines. They are influencing legislation and having a significant impact on the national policy debate in the United States and in other countries. The national organization for the reform of marijuana law (NORMAL) is the oldest drug user lobby in the United States. It has strong ties to the libertarian party, the drug policy foundation, and the American civil liberties union these group use a variety of strategies, which range from outright legalization to de facto legalization under the guise of “medicalization,” “harm reduction,” crime reduction, harm marijuana for the environment, free needle distribution to addicts , and controlled legalization through taxation. However, drugs like marijuana are addicting and should not be legalized. Marijuana should not be legalized because it causes overwhelming damage to the society as a whole. As Bennett says, “drug use- especially heavy drugs use-destroy human character. It destroys dignity and autonomy, it burns away the sense of responsibility, it subverts productivity, it makes a mockery of virtue” (husak 663). People throughout the nation have witnessed law changes regarding the possession of marijuana to its physical and social effects on society. Marijuana should not be legalized for the following reasons namely for the physical and social aspects of its use. Since the late 1970s different states have been changing laws of decriminalization of marijuana. Many states did not decriminalize and often dropped charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana. President Carter even recommended decriminalization of possession marijuana in an attempt to spread his thoughts on how laws provide the worse consequences than the effects of the drugs itself. However, in the early 1980s various states outlawed decriminalization despite marijuana activists having tried to not criminalize the use and possession of marijuana. Research has shown various physical effects of marijuana on the body. Marijuana is considered to relieve pain, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. But, its use does impair memory and cause depression. There are also many social effects or marijuana. Some of the social problems of not prohibiting the drug are that its use decreases productivity and cause uncontrollable aggression. Most importantly, marijuana has a large impact on motivation and is easily attainable. People can easily cross state borders and manage to bring marijuana back to their state of residence. All of the legal, physical and social aspects of not legalization marijuana can affect the society in a big manner based on moral grounds. The legal aspects or laws associated with the use and possession of marijuana is very controversial but not legalizing this...
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