Medical Marijuana Legalization
The controlled use of Marijuana has been a controversial subject in the United States of America. Advocates of its liberalization argue that the use of marijuana should be handled the same way as the control of tobacco and alcohol products. They argue that it should not be handled in the system of criminal justice.
Five states in America have differed with the federal government on the banning of marijuana; they include Washington DC, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, and Washington.
Marijuana has some medical benefits, and this is the platform that such states use in legalizing the use of Marijuana. It is considered as the largest cash crop in the United States of America. It is, therefore, argued that civil regulation of Marijuana would increase the country’s revenue, creation of jobs and the formal economy will be open to more opportunities (Morgan, 2011).
Banning of marijuana means that the trade will take place in the black market, leading to loss of revenue. Resources employed in the law enforcement of Marijuana can be channeled to other development projects. Criminalization of marijuana has harmed many young people and resulted in many cases of violence and corruption.
The Drug Policy Alliance has been at the forefront in advocating the regulation and legalization of Marijuana (Morgan, 2011). It is involved in the funding and management of campaigns to adopt medical marijuana legislations. Standardization and testing of Marijuana products can only be done in an environment where there are proper legal and control mechanisms. The users of Marijuana can understand the pathogenic and chemical composition of the product that they are using.
Legalization of medical marijuana should be adopted by all states. It is in its legalizing that constructive control will be enhanced. The health of its users will also be safeguarded from untested products that can harm them. The government’s tax regime will also be expanded, leading to more revenue.
Morgan, K. (2011). Legalizing marijuana. Edina, MN: ABDO Pub. Co.