Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1210 Words Apr 10th, 2015 null Page
Marijuana has been quickly gaining favor in the United States, and many citizens are pushing for its legalization for recreational use. States like Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and The District of Colombia have already legalized it and it is time for North Carolina to do the same. Though the War on Drugs has been in effect for the past 40 years, it is time for Marijuana to no longer be considered an illegal substance. Never the less, it should still be a controlled substance subject to regulation by the North Carolina State Government. I will review policies in other states and countries and their experiences to draw up a plan for legalized recreational cannabis use in North Carolina. This is an act to tax and regulate the production, sale, and use of marijuana.
Policy Implications:
Sales and Consumption
Enforcement
Banking and Economic impacts
Possible Outcomes First, I will examine areas where marijuana is not prosecuted. Under Dutch Drug Laws, the Netherlands distribute drugs into two categories: hard and soft. Soft drugs (i.e. marijuana) are not criminally prosecuted and are allowed for use in open market (www.Ansterdam.info). Between 1988 and 1996, marijuana use increased from 3.7% to 11.1% but then went down to 7.7% by 2011. Though their cannabis usage did increase it is still lower than the United States usage. In 2009, the U.S. had a 41.5% lifetime usage rate compared to only25.7% in the Netherlands (www.drugwarfacts.org). Colorado has recently passed Amendment…

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