Bud out Federal Government


 

The legalization of marijuana is a highly debated topic in the United States today, especially among young voters like us.  Do you think it should be legal?

Technically, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government.  Under the Controlled Substances Act, Schedule I drugs are defined as having a high potential for abuse, having no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the US, and having a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug under medical supervision.   This definition may be confusing, since several states have passed legislation allowing medical use of the drug.  Still, under Federal law, medical marijuana does not technically exist.

One of the major causes of debate surrounding marijuana is the fact that the FDA approved medical use of the drug and similar synthetic products.  It seems wrong for the federal government to prohibit the use of a product that has been tested and approved by such a well-respected administration.  Much conflict lies in the contrasts between state and federal laws.  While marijuana is completely illegal according to the federal government, states have begun to legalize the use of the drug for medical purposes.  For this reason, there are often inconsistencies when prosecuting marijuana use in states that legalized it.  The Office of National Drug Control Policy even issued guidelines for prosecutors dealing with cases such as these.

I don’t think I would consider myself a hippy, but I do believe in the legalization of marijuana.  Alcohol was prohibited at one point, but was then legalized with restrictions.  Marijuana is nowhere near as potent as many of the other Schedule I drugs, so I believe that it should be allowed with constraints.  Much like alcohol and tobacco, one way to moderate marijuana use is to impose an age requirement.  Another way would be to limit the amount that a person is permitted to have in their possession.  With boundaries, why shouldn’t marijuana be legalized for those who wish to use it recreationally?

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3 thoughts on “Bud out Federal Government

  1. Grace I am jealous you wrote on this topic. I was so set on writing on the legalization of marijuana but could not find enough facts that I could back my argument with besides many of the things you said. Marijuana is not as potent as many other drugs, and like most things the abuse can be constrained. I’ve even had a conversation with my mom who is a good ole southern girl from Alabama that barely even drinks much less do any other drugs. We both agreed on the argument that alcohol is even more dangerous than marijuana. I do not know the actual statistics but I would bet my life savings that there are more alcohol related deaths than marijuana deaths. If those who wish to use it do so responsibly then it should be legal much like alcohol.

  2. I am from Massachusetts and within the last 5 years, Marijuana was “Decriminlized”. What that means, for the most part, is that if you are caught with a reasonable amount (I think less than an ounce) you get a ticket like a speeding ticket and are fined for having an illegal substance. It doesn’t go past that unless there is proof of either use or attempt to distribute. Either way I think that marijuana should at least be decriminilized in every state as a step toward legalization.

  3. I agree with the goals of decriminalization and eventual legality, both for medicinal purposes, and for the fact that legalizing marijuana would go a long way toward fixing some of the alarming problems facing our penal system. American jails are overflowing with non-violent offenders thanks to the War on Drugs, and space is running out for more violent criminals, who are more likely to be paroled. Legalization would go a long way toward fixing the problem.

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