Pro Legalization

By Raphael Gotera

NEWS Reporter

 

R

emember when alcohol was prohibited in the United States in the 1920s and early ‘30s? It seems ridiculous now considering that alcohol has become a widely accepted element of adult social gatherings. Alcohol was originally banned in the United States in the hope of reducing crime and moral corruption, as well as solving social problems.

Around 1910, a massive surge of Mexican immigrants moved to the U.S., where they introduced the recreational smoking of marijuana leaves. In a time of mass unemployment in the U.S., fear of Mexican immigrants began to grow. With marijuana having a tight
connection to the Mexicans, research began on the drug. The research
concluded that marijuana caused violence, crime, and socially deviant
behaviors. Sound familiar?

The criminalization of marijuana was a measure taken based on unwarranted fear encouraged through racist propaganda. Marijuana has not been proven to be any more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. While smoking marijuana can cause damage to the lungs, cannabis smoke has significantly less tar than cigarettes, a legal, addictive, and harmful substance. Smoking is not the only way to consume marijuana; there are far healthier methods such as edible can-
nabis, vaporization, and even lotions. I believe that those who want to use marijuana will find a way to do so, whether it is legal or illegal,
and those who do not want to, will not.

A drug that has been proven to be safer than nicotine and alcohol should not be illegal. Marijuana has helped patients who have not found success with traditional medications for pain, anxiety, depression, and many other ailments.

Additionally, adults who choose to use the drug recreationally should have the freedom to do so without fear of arrest. If the drug were legal, consumers would be safer knowing that what they buy is regulated. Regulating the drug, the way alcohol and tobacco are, would be the safest course of action. By making marijuana commercially available and by placing more restrictions on the purchase of it, the United States could bring an end to a second prohibition.

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