Marijuana and other narcotic drugs have been a controversial topic on a national and global scale throughout the century. Marijuana especially is considered a drug that’s harmful and helpful at the same time. People have formed opinions about different drugs based upon their observations and the scientific research that has been shared with the public from different experimental organizations. We have had picketers demonstrate their support by protesting for the marijuana movement, which can be seen in today’s news by photos taken of their picketing. And we have seen an increase in our law enforcement, who has tried to enforce laws imposed against all drugs as being illegal. Whether you are for the right to smoke or consume drugs, or if you are against the use of drugs altogether, the issue of smoking marijuana has been the subject of news worthy talk for a very long time. I will discuss some pros and cons of the right to consume marijuana and getting it legalized while other drugs need to stay illegal.
Some of the concerns about marijuana consumption are with its addictive properties. It has been argued that certain drugs can be addictive and could led a person start including and doing other illegal drugs that are considered even more harmful along with the first drug. An example would be marijuana and cocaine. It is no secret that marijuana is usually consumed with other drugs and those who use it keep using it as a secondary drug to heroin, cocaine, and other illegal drugs that man has made. Marijuana can be widely found and be easily grown in the United States. The easy accessibility of drugs poses a serious threat to law enforcement around the country that have and has tried to enforce the law to eradicate the use of drugs according to laws put into place by the legislature and supposedly most of the people in that state. Marijuana is still illegal in some states and as time progresses the number of states which can still uphold that marijuana is illegal has changed. Today, Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form or way out of the fifty two states of the Union. The increase in marijuana and other drugs being used in that state has its ties to narcotic crime which could be linked to the cartel for other drugs that are out there. Thus, it increases narcotic crime in those states that choose to legalize it. Another con of marijuana and of other dangerous drug use is the most obvious. It’s the health of the individual who consumes it by smoking it. Your lungs are inhaling substances such as tar and it is among other things that can affect your breathing. According to the American Lung Association, “Smoking marijuana clearly damages the human lung, and regular use leads to chronic bronchitis and can cause an immune-compromised person to be more susceptible to lung infections. No one should be exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke.” It can affect not only the lungs but the brain’s cognitive skills and it tends to slow a person down to where they are more non-productive to their society that they live in. Everyone has a different effect from marijuana and other more harmful drugs, but they should be illegal based on these issues alone.
The natural herbal qualities of the Cannabis plant grown from the earth and not manufactured in a laboratory or facility are the basis for most arguments to legalize marijuana. The plant can be grown in most climates and even indoors from a pot. It’s grown today and used as a fabric, the cannabis name is hemp. Hemp is good for weaving fabric and is considered very strong and productive in commercial use. The plant is from mother earth and has been smoked throughout ancient history and even more so during the past century. Some people have said that the health benefits are phenomenal for a debilitating disease such as glaucoma. The users of marijuana say that the effect of the drug helps them to lower their intraocular pressure (IOP) levels in the eyes temporarily, but they need to continually use marijuana every 3 to 5 hours to keep the pressure lowered. They are not able to drive, operate machinery, or do things that normal people can do during this medication time. Most glaucoma patients feel that this drug is therapeutic and they are in total support to legalize it. The last pro for marijuana legalization is that it will reduce the criminal aspect in one’s state and it can then be taxed to gain money for that state. The legalizing of marijuana would then be considered the same as legalizing cigarettes and alcohol. It would reduce the number of those criminals imprisoned for drug usage and paraphernalia, which in turn stops the overcrowding of prisons. It would reduce the tax payer’s money by not keeping those who are arrested for marijuana in prison. In turn, the state can make money by excising a tax on the product just like they do cigarettes, tobacco, and alcohol.
After examining my own interpretation of the pros and cons I have expressed in this paper, I can’t help but come to the conclusion that marijuana is not as bad as one would think. Yes, it is considered a moral sin to overindulge in anything and have it control you instead of you controlling it. I can see why most people would consider this substance, which has been smoked by Indians and other people around the world for many, many, years, as just another smoking product like cigarettes and cigars. I am a firm advocate of making people feel better about themselves in one way or another. I would like to think that it does have therapeutic health benefits that may one day help someone in my family or even me. It would be nice, if it could help a person to deal with a chronic illness that makes them feel bad. What most people who have expressed in smoking marijuana is that they can escape their everyday stressful life situations that can weaken one’s self esteem and that in turn can weaken their immune system. I was told by my eye doctor just last year that he thought I may have the beginning stages of glaucoma. He advised he wasn’t certain because he never had other images of my eye before to compare his image to. It was devastating to say the least to hear that your sight can be taken away from you and could go blind because at the present time there is no cure for the disease.
Conclusively, I am definitely for the legalization of marijuana and I feel it should be an individual choice and not a legislative one. I would not be the person protesting in favor of marijuana like they are doing on the street today. But, I would be the person who would take a stand by voting on the issue to legalize it just like cigarettes and alcohol. I think voting on the issue by the people for the people should take place. It is one of the best avenues to get it legalized. Since more and more states are legalizing it, I know it will only be a matter of time before all of the rest of the United States will follow.