My thesis states that the federal government of United States of America should legalize marijuana. Legalizing would not only benefit the people of need for medical uses but also our economy for recreational use. In the year of 2014 the state of Colorado was the one of the first few states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Colorado retailers sold $386 million of medical marijuana and $313 million for purely recreational purposes (Ingraham). Within one year of the legalization of cannabis, Colorado cannabis market was able to generate nearly seven hundred million dollars. The money garnered from the market is not only significant but also the taxation of it will benefit sectors in need nationally. For an example since the legalization of cannabis in Colorado it has gained $15.6 million in tax revenues, the funds benefit a called “Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant program meant to generate additional funding for public schools in the state to renew or replace deteriorating facilities.
Despite the fact of the potential market boom and it benefiting other sectors, prohibitionist groups urge that cannabis is a threat to society and its youth. An organization known as “Save Our Society from Drugs (S.O.S)” claims that the use of medical marijuana is a scam is by special interest groups used to exploit the sick and dying. According to Save Our Society from Drugs, crude cannabis does not have any medical properties according to their listed medical associations such as the American Medical Association, the American Ophthalmic Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the American Cancer Society (Save Our Society from Drugs). According to the American lung Association source claims that smoke from marijuana has been shown to contain many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco smoke. According to ALA cannabis is just as dangerous as tobacco.
In spite of this, the American Medical Association posted in article based on a trial that was conducted to determine if marijuana affected the lungs negativity as tobacco cigarettes do. “A recent longitudinal study, which demonstrated significantly higher FVC and total lung capacity with marijuana exposure, strongly supports this notion,13,20 as does our study (Pletcher).” So according to this study marijuana users tend to have a higher lung capacity than tobacco users. This suggest that not only marijuana is less harmful to the lungs in comparison to tobacco but it does not cause damage to the lungs as tobacco does. Despite numerous prohibitionist claim that cannabis has no medical properties and it is by special interest groups. There was study conducted among mice with tumors, the mice were given marijuana, their tumors which were located in their lungs tumors shrank by half and slowed spread of the disease. According to the Anju Preet, “tumor cells dosed with THC also showed a reduction in epidermal growth factor receptor, or EGFR, which means the substance may be acting in ways similar to Erbitux and Vectibix, which block the protein, Preet said (Zimm)”.
Consequently, under federal law In fact, there is not enough research to conduct the safety and medical properties of cannabis due to it being illegal in most states and being a schedule 1 drug federally. “Researchers looking to study long-term marijuana use have had difficulty in finding people who regularly smoke marijuana but don’t also smoke tobacco cigarettes. And the illegality of marijuana has also limited research in this field (Brownstein). “Studies that favor prohibitionist are inclusive due to the limitation set upon because of the illegality.
Legalizing medical cannabis is a firm no from most groups, however what about recreational use It’s a definite no, many prohibitionist organizations use youth as a reason why, claiming that the drug is a gateway to other more serious drugs. Many prohibitionist organizations use tragic events relating to cannabis and other substances as a way to prove their point that this drug is harmful. Diane Schuler, a woman who was killed in a car crash along with eight others while being under the influence was used Citizens against legalizing marijuana (CLAM), to increase the awareness of marijuana despite that she was also under the influence massive amounts of alcohol.
Abolitionist organizations for the legalization medical cannabis and or recreational use, urge the government of the states that legalized it, in states such as Oregon, Colorado and California are gaining economic success. According to sales data from Colorado’s Department of Revenue released Friday, sales of recreational pot topped $59.2 million for the month, while medical marijuana dispensaries pulled in $41.4 million, for a combined $100.6 million — the highest monthly total since legal recreational cannabis sales began there in January 2014 (Stableford). Even Oregon has seen a fast growth from its cannabis retailers due to cannabis recently being legalized. Oregon sold $10.8 million worth of recreational pot in the first six days it was legal, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association.
However, to prohibitionist groups the economic significance is overshadowed by the dangers of cannabis to the youth of America. It is too soon to determine that the few states who did legalize it was a good choice overall. However, those states are certainly getting much attention due to the legalization of weed according to James Paine There has been a huge bump in real estate prices due to the legalization of marijuana, a managing partner at West Realty Advisors. In March, Denver experienced the second-largest jump in annual home prices at 10%, just behind San Francisco, according to the S&PCase-Shiller Home Price Index (Report).