The legalization of the, marijuana has a lot of pors and cons that we have to take in consideration.
The primary reasons in support of legalizing marijuana include: Social, law enforcement and fiscal reasons.
The social reasons inculde: Prohibition of marijuana is unwarranted government intrusion into individual freedom of choice. Do not permit people to have a choice.Marijuana is less harmful to a person's health than alcohol or tobacco, which are both legal and widely used, and regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Marijuana add some benefits for our health it helps for cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and other patients. Crime and violence, both within the U.S. and at the U.S.-Mexico border, are greatly increased due to illegal selling and buying of marijuana. Legalization would logically end the need for such criminal behavior.
The law enforcement reasons include:"National statistics show 872,000 arrests last year related to marijuana, 775,000 of them for just possession, not sale or manufacturing. Drug busts of youth for marijuana offenses often carry harsh penalties that can cause undue social harm with lifelong consequences.
The fiscal reasons are: Marijuana is one of America's top-selling agricultural products. One California politician estimates that marijuana sales in his state top $14 billion annually. New tax revenues from legalized marijuana sales could exceed $1 billion just for California. This rich new source of tax revenues nationwide would help lift the U.S. economy out of its worst recession in decades.
The Cons in the other part has reasons against legalizing marijuana. I will start with the social reasons. Some Americans believe that marijuana ingestion is immoral, and that their moral standards should be required of all Americans. Long-term or abusive use of marijuana can be harmful to a person's health and well-being. Second-hand smoke from marijuana can be harmful to others. Many allege that regular marijuana use can lead to use of harder, more harmful drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
The law enforcemen reasons includes: The people opposed of legalizing marijuana believe that individuals involved in illegal buying and selling of the drug are more likely than average to be involved in other crimes, and that society is safer with marijuana offenders incarcerated.In fact law enforcement agencies don't want to be construed as supporting drug use.There are no signficant fiscal reasons against U.S. legalization of marijuana.Where It StandsOn June 23, 2011, a federal bill to fully legalize marijuana was introduced in the House by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA.) The bill would remove marijuana from controlled substance classification.