Drugs have been a taboo for many centuries in the United States due to its exotic nature. Most other countries have already legalized drug use or never banned it all. The United States could legalize drugs and bring in many benefits. During the last couple of years legalization has become a major topic throughout the country. Colorado and Washington have become the first to legalize marijuana and both have benefitted greatly from it. If the United States legalized the use of the drugs then the economy would grow, crime rate would fall, and people would be smarter about drug use.
History of Marijuana
The United States did not always have strict laws on the use of marijuana. In 1906 the Pure ...view middle of the document...
In 1952 Congress passed mandatory sentencing laws which strengthen the penalties of marijuana laws, But after the laws passed marijuana began to gain momentum again as a sign of a rebellious act against the government. In the 90’s scientist began to study on the effects of medical marijuana. Scientist soon discovered that the patients began showing improvements in their health. Medical marijuana improved the health of seizure patients, chrons disease, the nausea of cancer patients, etc. (Cassoobhoy). With these new learnings states wanted to legalize marijuana for medical use. The government still opposed all of marijuana. "If these patients truly find comfort by using medical marijuana, the federal government should not deliberately deny prolonged pain relieving treatments."(Pfeifer). Pfeifer states the patient has the right to any treatment they can find and has a proven success rate. Since states can govern themselves to an extent, many began entertaining the legalization of medical marijuana. “The first state to legalize marijuana was California in 1996” (Zeese). California saw the benefits of using medical marijuana as a treatments and has plenty of success with it. Now fourteen have followed in their footsteps.
Just recently stastia.com showed the United States view of marijuana has changed substantially. From 2003 the approval rate of marijuana was just thirty four percent, while in 2013 the approval rate rose to fifty eight percent. With this growing approval rate Colorado and Washington made marijuana completely legal for the first time in over eighty years. It is only a matter of time before other states follow in the footsteps of these two states.
European’s View of Marijuana
Europe is more lenient in the public use of marijuana. Holland allows any form of marijuana to be legal and even allows their bakeries to bake it into the food. Peter ford addresses how Holland changed how Europeans look at marijuana with his narration:
Holland, which has allowed the possession of small amounts of marijuana, or cannabis, for the past 25 years, was once alone in its permissive stance. But more and more European countries are following its lead and turning their backs on Washington's war on drugs. The trend is bolstered by figures showing that Holland's radical approach has not led to greater drug use, and has improved addicts' health. (Ford)
Holland also does not have a high drug user rate “Drug consumption is generally far lower in Europe than in the U.S. Eighteen percent of Dutch people have smoked marijuana at least once, for example, compared with 33 percent of Americans”(ford). If Holland offers marijuana to everyone and only eighteen percent of the population uses it, would United States usage rate drop? Well, it would most likely increase but not by a large amount. With the everyday access to the material, the feeling of rebellion will make marijuana less attractive to the American people.
Ford demonstrates how fellow European...