Essay on Speech on Legalization of Marijuana in Brazil

Speech on Legalization of Marijuana in Brazil

Good morning class mates. Today I am going to discuss the legalization

of marijuana in Brazil. I strongly believe marijuana should be

legalized. I am not here to encourage anyone to use or not use

marijuana. Yet I do believe that many current problems may and can be

solved by its legalization.

Marijuana is the most popular drug in Brazil after tobacco and

alcohol. Discrimination is the reason why marijuana has still not been

legalized. It is already proved by famous scientists that marijuana is

not addictive and no one ever died only because of marijuana, yet

tobacco is addictive and causes more than five million deaths per

year. But due to discrimination tobacco is accepted and marijuana is

not.

Marijuana, if legalized, could be used as a source for medicines and

other beneficial substances. Indeed in countries like England

marijuana has been legalized for medical purposes, it is used as a

sedative. The results are very pleasing. ”Hemp”- the plant that

marijuana originates from has lots of other uses. Very efficient

medicines can be made from this plant. Moreover it is very cost

efficient to be used to produce other by products such as shirts,

trousers, coats, cosmetics, paper among others. As we can see,

legalization could even help a lot the Brazilian economy.

Everyone is conscious that marijuana, even not being legal, is used

and produced everywhere. It has become a permanent part of

contemporary society. Do people really think that the use of marijuana

is going to stop because it is illegal If it was legalized, even the

government could benefit by making marijuana farmers pay taxes for a

license to allow them to grow it.

The biggest problem that concerns most Brazilians, as we all know, is

violence, violence and more violence. Violence in Brazil is terrible

and believe it or not, most of it is caused by drugs. In “favelas” –

shantytowns – children are selling marijuana illegally and more than

20 people die on a daily basis because of fights and disagreements

that involve, or are related to, the drug. Indeed more people die in

Brazilian shanty towns per year than in the Palestine – Israeli

disagreement or American action in Iraq, to present day. People are

even changing their style of life to protect themselves from the

violence. The Police, which is very badly structured doesn’t help

much.

International drug trade, which is obviously illegal, causes millions

of deaths. Legalization could remedy the situation as a whole. As

marijuana is the most consumed drug, if it were to be legalized the

illegal “passing on of drugs” –drug trade – would be much smaller,

resulting in much less violence.

Recent research conducted by the Dutch government concluded that,

relatively, the Netherlands had less marijuana users that other

European nations. This is entirely due to its legality. For as it is

legal many people that would use it because it’s illegal, don’t use

it.

The government as I already stated, would also be profiting with the

proposal of legalizing marijuana. If they can gain the money of

consumers of marijuana, why give it to the drug dealers and encourage

more violence and more deaths The excuse they come up with is that

they do not want to legalize marijuana because they worry with the

health conditions of the population. If that statement is profoundly

true, why are tobacco and alcohol also not prohibited Why use some

and not others

Of course drugs can be very bad in some cases, I am not in favor of

all drugs but I am in favor of marijuana and its legalization as it

was proved not to be addictive. Being legalized, most of the violence

and conflicts in Brazil will end and small children would not be

explored to pass on drugs any more, and they would have an opportunity

to have a good life, which they certainly do not have. Yet, the

legalization shouldn’t be so simple. I think that if it was legalized,

marijuana should only be consumed in private properties, not in the

streets.

Another point that is very discussed in favor of not legalizing

marijuana is that the legalization would encourage a lot the use of

drugs amongst adolescents. This is not an excuse. Instead of

prohibiting, why not start with a campaign to clarifying everything

about the use of drugs, educated by families and schools, not with

statements such as “ don’t do drugs” or “drugs are bad for you”

because these are very inefficient. I think campaigns should be done

by giving options and showing both sides like “drugs are easy to

reach, and they can cause immense pleasure but there are prices to pay

such as overdose, suicide, depressions and even death, there are some

people that handle this and don’t suffer these causes, but some do

suffer a lot, the choice is all yours”.

As you can see, there are many relevant points to support the

legalization of marijuana. Violence, economy, conflicts, abuse and

many other problems would be solved and improve. The lives of all

Brazilians would be less worrying and more pleasurable. My last

question, if all of this could get better, why not legalize marijuana

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