Why Marijuana is Still Illegal in some parts
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15th April 2020

Why Marijuana is Still Illegal in some parts

Abigayle Miranda
Cannabis, also known as Marijuana, is one of the most used illegal substances in the world. People ranging from students in junior high to adults use it both for recreation and also for medical purposes. Most users argue that cannabis is not addictive and that it brings many benefits including the "healing power". They also imply that the drug makes people kind, cheerful and harmonious when they are high on it. The substance is legal in some states and illegal in others, and so many users have tried to advocate for it to be legalized. However, it has not happened due to the following reasons:

There is no logical reason that has been given as to why cannabis should be legalized. Users tell it that marijuana promotes peace, increases creativity, protects and cures all diseases and promotes peace in the society. This is an absurd thing to tell a person who doesn’t use the substance, especially because these people strongly criticize its use. It, therefore, becomes difficult to legalize it with all the resistance from parents and religious people while tabling such justifications.

Cannabis is perceived by most people

Cannabis has also been associated with a certain group of people in society who are reckless, violent, and those who are not trying to make any progress in their lives. As much as it is just a stereotype, most people believe that it is true. This opinion has hardened the hearts of many policymakers and it has played a role in preventing the legalization of the substance.

Cannabis is perceived by most people as an addictive substance, and this claim has been supported by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The truth is that the actual potential of marijuana dependency is not known since very few people get addicted. Advocates have tried to dismiss this claim by comparing it to other legal highly addictive drugs, but they have not been successful in changing the minds of policymakers.

Some states have failed to legalize

Marijuana has also been classified as a hard drug along with cocaine and heroin. It is therefore taken as a drug that cannot be used for normal enjoyment activities like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. This perspective has played a role in preventing it from being legalized since it was viewed as too aggressive by the anti-drug laws and the perspective stuck. That is why people will judge those who smoke marijuana outdoors and indoors, but they think that drinking alcohol is fine.

Some states have failed to legalize marijuana because many people believe that the use of the drug can entice users to advance to harder drugs, such as cocaine. This is because as a person uses the substance, with time, they feel that they need to feel more of the effects. They, therefore, increase the usual amount they take, or they start using more drugs that are on a higher level, and the choice is often narcotics. The legislators, therefore, keep the substance illegal to prevent more severe and deadly addictions.

Why Marijuana is Still Illegal

It is also believed that those who deal with cannabis are likely to be involved in other illegal activities. Keeping the drug illegal therefore helps with rooting out these people who are often found guilty of other offenses such as organized crime. Cannabis opponents, therefore, suggest that legalizing marijuana will compromise security since it will encourage more people to venture into the business and increase the rate of crime in the process.

The use of cannabis has recorded adverse effects that have not been reported in the use of legal drugs. They include depression that can lead to mental illness, acute spams of memory loss, improper coordination and effects on reaction time. There are also cases of suicidal thoughts and delusions, all of which are serious and could cause harm to users and the surrounding people. This has been one of the strongest reasons as to why the substance has not been made legal for most states in the world.

Apart from all the above arguments, decision-makers have not been able to effectively advocate for free sale and use of cannabis also for moral reasons. Most people in society just don’t find it right to support its use, and most governments don’t want to find themselves being bashed by the public for being on the wrong side of morality.

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