Puff up the lighter to the legalization of marijuana on a federal level, while we take a look at some major important reasons why pot needs to become legal. Marijuana is clearly unlike cigarettes and alcohol, which are extremely toxic and fatal to the human body and those that surround it. Marijuana is not a drug that has side effects that last as long as cigarettes or alcohol. Unlike alcohol and cigarettes one argument is that it’s probably the safest drug in the world unlike how the federal government controls it. We also have various arguments from the medical perspective and how they claim it can be beneficial to various individuals. Then there is another argument which brings up the fact that while marijuana remains to be illegal we will see an increase in criminal activity not just from the United States but the international borders as well.
We need to realize that legalizing marijuana would be a huge step into creating a sense of revenue within the United States without the problems that alcohol and cigarettes bring. Marijuana can ruin people’s lives by making a criminal record for those who simply choose to be in possession and smoke marijuana. Why should the government continue to inflict harm on a drug that has virtually no reason to be banned in the first place? Children are impacted by the legal battle of marijuana legalization as well, with some states legalizing it on a state level we still see that it’s only legal above 18. One needs to look at how if it’s not legal for all they will continue to do it because of parental influence. Marijuana needs to be legalized for everyone including adolescents as this drug is one of the least harmful drugs out in the market. Let us legalize marijuana for it is one drug that can create more happiness than a negative outlook upon life.
When one is contemplating the legalization of marijuana we need to look at the impacts it will have if not approved for adolescents as well. There are various issues with not legalizing marijuana also for youths as it’s already hard enough to enforce alcohol and cigarette smoking age. “DiFranza has demonstrated that both the states and the federal government are poorly enforcing the Synar Amendment, which requires states to control the sale of tobacco products to those younger than 18 years” (Joffe and W. Samuel). Legalization of marijuana will need to be done for all individuals to be effective to benefit from not having to have additional law enforcement which is inadequate. “Legalization of marijuana for adults but not adolescents would necessitate additional law enforcement burdens on a system that currently is not meeting its regulatory obligations” (Joffe and W. Samuel). The problem with not legalizing it for the youth as well is that we will see an increase of use even more than if we decided to continue to not legalize it for minors.
When we look at other substances such as alcohol in the youth crowd, we realize that they will follow what they think is...