Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

829 Words Mar 9th, 2016 4 Pages
What is weed? Is it a stinky demonic green flower that makes people all crazy, the pathway to being a junkie, or can it be another herb that can be used to heal and let people purse a different intoxication other than alcohol? Marijuana has been stigmatized as a drug for losers and burnouts. However, it’s may not be just for those judged as such. For example, the clean cut business person who lives next door may be a closet user. The public can’t come out of the closet and use the drug freely due to the prohibition on cannabis. Marijuana has been made illegal without regard to its medical capabilities and uses. Prohibition on marijuana needs repeal and America’s attitude needs a modern progressive adjustment for the legalization of cannabis. The vote for America’s future with marijuana came in the 1960’s and not given proper consideration as an uncontrolled substance. The anti-drug movement of the early ‘60s was propagated by President Richard Nixon for political leverage. All drugs were targeted, but the agenda primarily focused on cannabis and the genre using it. Useful or harmful effects of the pot plant were not factors in his motivation. By criminalizing it, he could denounce the anti-war protesters and curtail their efforts (Lee 2014). Nixon’s efforts succeeded to make marijuana illegal by swaying people’s perception of the user, not the actual drug itself. Making laws loosely based on other factors besides facts, becomes tyranny and unconstitutional. Nixon had…

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