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Should marijuana be legal?
There are far more people dying from alcohol abuse than there are people dying from marijuana.
Like John F Kennedy once said “I dream of things that never were and say, 'Why not'?” So now we ask - why should marijuana be illegal? Isn’t it less dangerous than alcohol? If liquor that was once illegal can become legalized, so can marijuana. Some would argue that banding the use of marijuana is a violation of our free choice. We should have the right to exercise our free choice under the constitution; especially if our actions do not pose a threat to ourselves or anyone else in our society.
There are far more people dying from alcohol abuse than there are people dying from marijuana. When was the last time anyone heard someone died from smoking too much Bob Marley (pot)? This might not ever occur; such incident simply hasn't been heard. On the contrary, Bob Marley (pot) has been proven to treat spinal stenosis. Gary Wenk, PhD, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology made this statement in a Nov. 19, 2008 at Ohio State University "Scientists are high on idea that marijuana reduces memory impairment"
Another concern with marijuana becoming legalized relates to job performance. We know that nicotine is worse than marijuana in the sense that it increases the chances of lung cancer while marijuana does not. However, some have argued that it does but those studies have been found to be not accurate. According to a recent study by the University of California, marijuana does not increase the risk of lung cancer. But however, it does give a high that cause employees to be a little delusional. And since this condition can be present among employee, those who work in the industry where driving employer’s vehicles are part of their daily activity should not be permitted to drive while under the influence. Knowing that it can cause an effect on reaction time which is necessary while driving, it would be wise for employees not to smoke it while at wok or the day before.
The next argument that can be raise on this issue, is how can hemp which fall under the same category as Marijuana be legally distributed and sale throughout the country, while marijuana remained a psychoactive substance. Doesn’t hemp contain the same level of tetrahydrocannabinol as marijuana? Although arguments can be made to prove the opposite, no arguments can prove that hemp has no tetrahydrocannbinol in it. And since it does, how much of it is consumed will depend on tea spoon per serving if sold in a powder form. From this point on, most minorities has no idea as to what hemp means. Hemp is not sold in the hood, and since hemp is never mentioned on the news, very few people know about its benefit.
Hemp can only be found in some upper class neighborhood and it’s not because it’s too expensive. Why? Because hemp and marijuana has some similar beneficial ingredients that can help the body heal. They can both help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. According to the dietitian Diana Young, her research indicated that " polyunsaturated fatty acids has been found in such neurodegenerative disorders as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and it has been suggested that a diet with a proper balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids may help delay or reduce the neurologic effects of these diseases."
Now can we say that hemp is bad for our lungs? According to bigeye.com “Scientists have shown that smoking any plant is bad for your lungs, because it increases the number of `lesions' in your small airways. This usually does not threaten your life, but there is a chance it will lead to infections. Marijuana users who are worried about this can find less harmful ways of taking marijuana like eating or vaporizing." And like marijuana, hemp can also be used to smok since its natural form is plant base.
Perhaps, keeping marijuana illegal is good for business. Had marijuana been legal, the government would not have been able to control its distribution. This is not liquor, you don’t have to brew nothing here – it is a plant. All that is needed is marijuana seeds and a piece of land, so in that sense legalizing marijuana would have created many gardeners. Every teenage kid in the hood would be walking around with a hand trowel - so to speak. lol
Like any other healthy herbs, how much is distributed will depend on demand and supply. Which mean, if we're to legalize marijuana distribution, we would have simply open the door to a pre-existing market for buyers to purchase their products without any civil penalty? And since the market already exists, marketers would only focus on packaging this pot in a way that attracts consumers.
Now, being that marijuana is illegal, supply is limited but not control. Which then influence more people to want this limited drug, this thereby increases demand Imaginatively, which means if supply is at 50% demand is at 150% which then would have caused price for pot to remain constantly high for a short while.
Tradition teaches us that “where there’s a will there’s way” meaning no matter what the government does, pot will always be selling as long as people want it. Except that it would cost more when it’s illegal than if it were to become legalize. This perhaps is the incentive that encourages government to keep it illegal, because if it were not, medical marijuana would not have been so expansive and the drug industry would have made very little profit from it.
If we were assume that pot being legalized – what would happen? Well, supply would have increased while price would decreased until it reaches an equilibrium where supply satisfied demand 50/50. Now let say citizens begins to gardenize their own marijuana plants. This would increased supply causing price to decline even more. Would it be good for business if the government were to legalized it, well it would all depends on the marketing gimmick of those who wish to sale it. Under competitive rivalries only companies that can best strategize their marketing gimmick would survive.
It is reasonable to assume that if we must legalize marijuana, we couldn't band its production. We can’t say to our citizens that it’s OK for corporations to sale it to you but it’s not Ok for individuals to mass produce it. If government were to make a claim as such, it would not be valid, if the possibilities are there for us to produce our own than why not? If the possibility to plant it is not available than it should also remain illegal because it is OK for people to plant tobacco.
Although distribution would be hard to control, if sold at a reasonable price, it can help boost the economy, especially in cities where it would be difficult to produce. If we're thinking in term of small business then legalizing marijuana may be viewed as an opportunity for small local farmers to level up with the loss they have suffered throughout this recession. If we don't produce our own marijuana plants, we'll end up losing anyhow, because those who experience the urge for it, will get it at any means necessary. It's either we make the profit or let the Mexican have it, because either way marijuana will be sold, because for some people it is a necessity.
However, they can be different method in which marijuana can be marketed. Those methods would be good for the economy if it pot were to become legalized. Marijuana is a profitable business, one that is good for our economy since it has been proven less harmful.
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