Pros and Cons of Legal Weed
The debate about marijuana may never end regardless of whether it is legal or not. There are people who are all for the legalization of marijuana and then there are people who are totally against it. Those who are all for it see it for everything it is in a good sense and for those who are against it, they see it for all it is in a bad sense. Whatever the truth is, whatever the case may be; these are the pros and cons of legal weed.
Pros of legal weed
Here is what someone who is pro legal weed sounds like:
“Most doctors would agree that it’s not very harmful if used in moderation. It’s only when you abuse the drug that problems start to occur. But isn’t abuse of almost any bad substance a problem? If you abuse alcohol, caffeine, Ephedra, cigarettes, or even pizza, health problems are sure to follow. Would you want the government limiting how much coffee you can drink or how much cheesecake you take in? Most doctors believe that marijuana is no more addictive that alcohol or tobacco.”
Limiting the use of the drug intrudes on personal freedom.
Even if the drug is shown to be harmful, isn’t it the right of every person to choose what harms him or her? Marijuana use is generally thought of as a “victimless crime”, in that only the user is being harmed. You can’t legislate morality when people disagree about what’s considered “moral”.
There are medical benefits such as those for cancer patients.
As detailed in the related links section, there are a number of medical benefits of marijuana, most notably in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Others believe it helps in the treatment of depression. Certain states like California have brought initiatives to legalize the drug for at least medicinal purposes.
It could be a source of tax revenues.
An enormous amount of money is raised through government taxation of alcohol, cigarettes, and other “sins”. The legalization of marijuana would create another item that could be taxed. I’m sure the government would have no problem spending all that extra money.
Police and court resources would be freed up for more serious crimes.
Many consider the War on Drugs an expensive failure. Resources for DEA, FBI, and border security are only the tip of the iceberg. You must add in the cost of police officers, judges, public defenders, prosecutors, juries, court reporters, prison guards, and so on. Legalization of marijuana would free up those people to concentrate on more important things
The FDA or others could regulate the quality and safety of drugs.
Many drug users become sick or die because of poorly-prepared products. After all, there is nothing to regulate what is sold and no way to sue anyone for product liability. By bringing marijuana into the legitimate business world, you can oversee production and regulate sales.
The cons of legal weed
Here is what someone who is against the legalization of weed sounds like:
“Marijuana is often used as a stepping-stone drug, leading to heroin, cocaine, or other harder drugs. Studies show that marijuana use often progresses to the use of harder drugs. In other words, people experiment with what is often thought of as a “harmless” drug. Then, after using it for a while, a bigger “high” is sought; thus, users then turn to the harder stuff like heroin, LSD, cocaine, etc. This is particularly a problem since most people will not directly start abusing the harder drugs that are generally understood to be harmful. Marijuana use may simply embolden them to experiment.”
Stoned driving and other dangers would be increased.
Marijuana use isn’t truly a “victimless crime” when you consider all the crimes that may be committed when the user is under the influence of the drug. Drunk driving is still a major problem in our society despite all the education and stiff penalties. “Driving high” would be even harder to detect. Unless the user has been smoking in the car, there isn’t as distinctive of a smell as there is with alcohol.
Legalization would increase the chances of the drug falling into the hands of kids.
Even unhealthy legal items such as cigarettes and alcohol are prohibited from being sold to kids. This is because kids generally don’t exhibit the same reasoning, responsibility, and judgment of an adult. And their bodies aren’t as equipped to handle the intake of these substances. The problem is even worse for marijuana use. Developing brains and bodies can be dealt serious blows by the use of marijuana. Any time you make something legal, you increase the accessibility to children. All too often kids and teenagers get their hands on alcohol or cigarettes.
Legalization of marijuana could eventually lead to the legalization of harder drugs or all drugs altogether.
Culture shifts rarely happen overnight. Behaviors of society stay relatively stable, with only small incremental changes. Legalization of marijuana would further shift the culture to more of a “anything goes” mentality. Step-by-step, more drugs will gain acceptance, with advocacy of the legalization of harder drugs. Drugs like heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines, which we may view now as unacceptable for legalization may eventually be sold over the counter at every corner drug store.