Ending Modern Day Prohibition
Bradlyn-Matthew K. Moss
COMM/215 Essentials of College Writing
22 July 2013
Marijuana is a drug that in which society mostly views in a negative context. Society often overlooks the many positive contributions that marijuana could offer. Even though marijuana is often used as a recreational drug, marijuana has medicinal qualities as well. Marijuana’s healing capabilities should not go unnoticed and overlooked due to because of abuse as a substance by a majority of the population. With controls on distribution, taxation on sales, and restrictions on use, marijuana cannot only benefit the user but also provide great benefit to the improvement of America’s economy as well.
Marijuana, also known as cannabis sativa, is currently distributed illegally by many people throughout America. Although there are laws against the sale and use of marijuana, both still take place. People use marijuana for a plethora of reasons to include both recreational use and medicinal use purposes. Recreational use is popular due to the drug’s psychotropic effects and medicinal use is popular because of its ability to alleviate symptoms specific to certain illnesses. The medical community’s support of medicinal marijuana is continuously growing due to its counter-effects on pain caused by cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions (Vickovic, 2011). One would agree that any drug currently approved by the Federal Drug Administration for distribution and available on the market has benefits both recreationally and medicinally. For example, oxycodone is a drug currently distributed legally that is opiate based and highly addictive. However, its medicinal benefits for treating pain outweigh the possibility of the drug used recreationally. It is highly addictive and yet still distributed every day by means of prescription from physicians. Too much of anything can be bad for anyone. If marijuana was legalized and distributed...