According to federal law, marijuana belongs to a category of substances that have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. Other drugs in this category include LSD and heroin. By contrast, doctors can legally prescribe THC, in the form of the medicine Marinol, under highly regulated conditions, Jacob J.W. (2009:6). The analysis of the studies of different researchers showed that there are two main points of view on the issue of “Green Drugs” (marijuana legalization). Some people believe that marijuana should be legalized, while others are against its legalization. Both points of view are supported with numerous arguments, and all of them seem to be rational and sensible. However, my point of view is that marijuana should be legalized.
The fact that marijuana has medical properties, and can relief pain and suffering of people with different diseases is undeniable. It is proved by numerous researches, which were carried out during different periods of time. There are a lot of cases when marijuana is the last hope for ill people, and sometimes it is the only medicine (Santa Clarita 1996, p.22). In particular, marijuana appears to ease the pain of multiple sclerosis, and nerve pain in general. This is an area where few other options exist. “Patients claim that marijuana allows them to resume their previous activities without feeling completely out of it and disengaged.” Peter Grinspoon, MD. (2018).
Legalizing Green Drugs would not only create job opportunities, but also set the ball rolling for economic activity in the pot industries. Legalizing marijuana could support many jobs and generate more labor income. These jobs would likely come from the quickly growing industry which would spring up across the nation. Workers would be needed to process, farm, distribute, and sell marijuana-based products. Further, there would be ample opportunities for secondary industries which were related to legal marijuana although not directly involved in its production and distribution. These might include financing services, software developers, construction companies, et cetera.
Indeed, while there may be some negative externalities related to marijuana, the positive ones are far greater. As research shows that it is no less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, we would increase our governments’ funds and slowly combat our federal deficit, and we would be able to have a safer alternative to some pharmaceutical medications. We would combat the war on drugs and save lives throughout our nation, Matt, F. (2017). The legalization of medical marijuana would truly “make the country great.”
Another reason, which seems important to me, is the fact that marijuana is already legalized in 20 states of America (ProCon.org, 2017). I believe that if other states legalized marijuana, it is really necessary to do in such a way. If politicians continue to vote for marijuana legalization, it means that there are no so many difficulties related to the issue. Certainly, there can be some fears as for possible negative effects related to marijuana legalization, but I am sure that it is possible to organize legalization in a strict way in order to avoid unpleasant effects.
First of all, there should be restrictions as for how much marijuana a person can possess. Secondly, marijuana should be possessed only by those people, who suffer from diseases, which can be cured only with the help of marijuana. Moreover, patients, who are treated with marijuana, should have documents, which confirm that they have a right to possess marijuana. Measures of precaution should also be carried out while prescribing marijuana to patients. One more thing, which should be taken into account while legalizing marijuana, is that people, who distribute marijuana illegally, should be punished in accordance with laws.
In conclusion, the issue of marijuana legalization has been an important issue in the United States of America for a long time already. People are divided into two groups in accordance to their points of view. The first group of people believes that marijuana should be legalized, while another group insists on an opposite opinion. People, who want marijuana to be legalized, argue that it has medical properties, which help to relief a lot of symptoms of different diseases. People, who are against its legalization, confirm that marijuana is harmful to health, it can cause addiction to harder drugs, and can even lead to social problems, for example, such as increased level of crimes.
After analysis of both points of view, and reading a lot of information on the issue, my opinion is that marijuana should be legalized. The first argument to support this point of view is the same as among the majority of people, who want marijuana to be legalized. This argument is that marijuana possesses medical properties, and it is used while treating numerous diseases. As for fears about different negative effects, the laws about legalization can be strict, it will prevent people from breaking the laws, and will benefit people, who really need marijuana as a treatment.