Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

777 Words May 24th, 2015 4 Pages
Deviance is classified by sociologists as a particular behavior, belief or specific characteristic that society, in general, would find out of the norm. Additionally, these beliefs, behaviors and characteristics usually cause a negative reaction to be generated by those who believe that it is deviant behavior. Moreover, the deviant person’s character becomes stigmatized and tainted. Behavior may seem deviant in one specific circle in society and accepted in another. In essence, the rules are set by the societies and govern what we may and may not do, how we should think, what we should believe, and even how we should look. Over time, many deviant behaviors become accepted by the majority of people. A good example of deviant behavior that is on the road to acceptance is the legalization of marijuana. There has been several major shifts in culture that have aligned with the current attitudes toward the legalization of marijuana. Thirty years ago it was rarely thought that marijuana would be on the verge of being legalized across the nation in the future. Until recently, it was considered against the law and deviant behavior in all 50 states and territories. Currently, 23 states have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. For medicinal purposes, the once deviant behavior is now being accepted. It is primarily used to lessen the pain and probably the cares of a person with a disease or disorder. This is definitely changing the culture of America in…

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