While I'm fairly sure we all agree on the fact that cannabis desperately needs to be legalized in the United States, I thought I'd write an article as to exactly why. All too often we hear pro-cannabis speakers protesting how ridiculous the war on drugs - namely marijuana - has become. This article aims to give definitive evidence as to why our nation needs to legalize cannabis.
Currently, 16 states as well as the District of Columbia allow the use of medical marijuana for chronically debilitated patients in need of the substance. Additionally, 13 states have decriminalized the personal possession of cannabis, including California, Oregon, Colorado, North Carolina, New York and Massachusetts. Additionally, most states which allow the use of medical marijuana, prescribe it for such symptoms as HIV/AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, anorexia, seizures, migraines, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, glaucoma, depression and even autism.
In the year 2009, nearly 900,000 marijuana-related arrests were made in the United States, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This number is the second highest ever recorded, second only to the 2007 number, and showed considerable increase from the year 2008. Whereas 10 years ago, marijuana arrests accounted for just over 40% of all drug-related arrests, in 2009 they accounted for nearly 55% of all drug-related arrests. Additionally, 88% of those arrests were for possession only and not distribution or intent to distribute.
It’s been shown through studies time and time again that marijuana poses a much more reduced health risk than chronic use of alcohol and tobacco combines, yet weed remains illegal both on some state and all federal levels.
If you think about it, in the year 2009, there were 10,839 alcohol-related deaths on the road. By comparison, there were zero - I repeat, zero - marijuana-related deaths on the road in the same year, yet alcohol remains legal. By no means am I insinuating that we reinstate prohibition of alcohol, but if we can make tobacco legal - which killed 435,000 in 2009 and also alcohol, then why can’t we legalize a plant which our founding fathers grew - and actually required residents to grow - that has shown to be beneficial rather than a negative influence.
Apr 25, 2012
do you know just how much thay well lose if Marijuana was legalized and how meany ppl is in it right now the so called up and coming ppll well never lose that kind of moeny
Feb 1, 2012
YALL , YALL DONT KNOW shiet about weed . i got a pound sitting on top of another pound.
Feb 1, 2012
fuck yall yal dont know shiet aboout weed. i got a pound sitting on top of a pound.
Nov 26, 2011
Im curious. Where did you get your facts? I am writing a paper as well on the legalization of marijuana and Im looking for good quality sources to why it should be legalized. Email me: Bbeaudry89@hotmail.com
Nov 4, 2011
one day one day my brotheres we will all se a green place. For now keep the faith HIGH.
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 14, 2011
Smoke well and posper
Aug 5, 2011
i know in my heart god approves of marijuana use for people in pain, and in freedom!
Aug 3, 2011
I would be down to grow my own shit!
Jul 26, 2011
i like it.......
Kushie Q |
Jul 13, 2011
How many people have died from Marijuana? Well duh let's see no one. But how many have died from alcohol poisoning, OMG too many to count. But it is legal to drink, even though there are statistically so many alcohol related deaths every day. Seems so
Jul 12, 2011
Most of us realize by this time the real reasons why MMJ is still illegal. The DEA needs to stay in business and so do the alcohol, pharmaceutical companies and on and on. I feel the best way for this to change is to unlock the control these companie
Jul 12, 2011
It is crazy that almost 90% of the cases were only for personal use. I do not understand why we continue to so harshly punish people who would like to use a naturally occurring substance. What is next, will they outlaw Lavender Oil because it will rela