Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug throughout United States and all over the world. Only a few countries in the world have legalized the drug. In United States, eighteen states have made medical weed legal along with the District of Columbia. Many more states are considering bills to make cannabis legal and provide the ailing patients with some comfort.
However, the issue of legalization of cannabis has led to numerous debates throughout the country with the supporters and opponents of the move actively defending their points. Therefore, it is important to find out the advantages and disadvantages of marijuana. Here, we will find out the aspects of weed legalization.
Marijuana usage does have numerous advantages and disadvantages. If the drug is made legal in the country, it is surely going to alleviate the pain of millions of patients who suffer from chronic diseases like AIDS, cancer etc. If the drug is properly administered, it can also suppress the symptoms, which show up during the chemotherapy stages of cancer. In addition to this, the medical properties of cannabis include its effectiveness in treating glaucoma.
By making cannabis legal, the rate of crime in the country would come down considerably. Most of the drug related cases and arrests made in the country are in connection with marijuana possession, use or sale. Therefore, once the drug is made legal and people gain access to the drug legally, we will see a drop in the crime rate considerably.
In addition to the above factors, by making the drug legal, government can bring in more money in the form of taxes. A study conducted in the state of California, where medical cannabis is legal, found that the state treasury benefited 14 billion dollars from marijuana revenues.
Now the opponents of legalization of cannabis worry about dangers and harms the drug could bring to the society. They fear that by legalizing cannabis, more people would gain access to this drug and with marijuana’s properties to act as a gateway drug; this could pose a great danger to the society.
Even though it is important to consider these harmful effects of marijuana, it is essential that we consider its brighter sides too. The states, which have made it legal, keep an eye on the developments of cannabis activities in their states, as if the move proves wrong, it could have many irreparable damages on the society.