Drug control has been a very large issue for most of the country’s history and has grown even larger as of recent years. How can the country control a plant that grows in the dirt. Marijuana should be legalized due to the benefits, revenue, and medical purposes. However the first attack on Marijuana occurred not in 1972, but in 1937 when the Marijuana Tax Act was passed.
According to Legalizationofmarijuna.com, Harry Anslinger, the bureau of narcotics commissioner, testified in hearings on the subject that the marijuana needed to be banned because it had a violent “effect on the degenerate races.” This referred exclusively to Mexican immigrants who had entered the country, in search of jobs during The Great Depression. The only reason they law was passed was to push the immigrants out of the country. The law passed extremely quickly and with diminutive debate.
Some may say that marijuana has no medical purpose what so ever. However AIDS victims find that marijuana stimulates their appetites so they can battle off dangerous emaciation. Glaucoma victims who have used marijuana said it has prevented them from going blind, and even cancer patients say it alleviates the relentless nausea that is often accompanies chemotherapy and at times makes lifesaving treatment absolutely hopeless. They all agree that marijuana is the plant that fights nausea and appetite loss.
Making possession of marijuana a criminal offense has only increased crime rates. As more and more people find it pleasurable to smoke. By legalizing marijuana, law enforcement will be able to be utilized somewhere of more meaning. Even though possession of marijuana is a common criminal offense, jails are filled to capacity and court rooms are in a mess with marijuana cases instead of true problems.
It is a proven fact that in Amsterdam marijuana was made legal and the result was that crime rates dropped by 60% and the amount of drug users did not increase. However people may think that...