Should marijuana be legalized?

by isabelbarroso on March 7, 2016 - 3:00pm

         Many issues are subject of debate in our societies for their legalization. Marijuana is a common one that contains a lot of positive and negative opinions. This plant has been considered criminal under the law in most part of the world. Most of people assume it's wrong because of some scientific evidence, and claims that cannabis is more harmful than other drugs we use all the time like alcohol and cigarettes. Our relationship with this drug is shaped by its status as a banned substance. In fact, there is more scientific evidence claiming that cannabis is safer than alcohol. Through the world, judgments on this subject vary according of values of societies, cultures and acceptance. Many reasons are used against weed and its legalization. Should marijuana be legalized? This question diverges over the countries.
 
  An article from CBC Montreal, written of February 11 in the Canadian Press is revealing the actual position of the province of Québec over the cannabis and its legalization. This part of Canada wants nothing to do with selling marijuana. The federal government actually wants to legalize it in order to make it more difficult for children to purchase as well as to decrease pot revenue streams to organized criminals. Even if the federals have their idea, Québec says that we shouldn’t promote drugs and they do not want to be involved with the distribution of substances considered immoral by relevant lots of the population
In contrary to Québec, Colorado is an American state that already decriminalized marijuana. The status of this drug is the same as alcohol and limited access to adults. His access and growing is heavily regulated. They made 45 millions dollars the first year and they invest this money in new school and research. The president claim that this decriminalization has created jobs and have been a plus for the state.
 
  While all the countries struggles with their population wanting or not to legalized marijuana, Uruguay became the first country on earth where cultivation, sale and taxation of marijuana became absolutely legal in all their states. They believe that the immorality of marijuana use can only be based on one set on moral beliefs. Unlike the other parts of the globe, weed is not seen as dangerous and they believe that countries have a responsibility to respect individual free will and the right of self-determination. Unfortunately, they have actual problems about this legalization but not because of the drug itself and his harmful effects. The government of Uruguay has a long story of missing, deadlines and a lack of framing and rules. Their plan about the government selling the weed scrapped and they decided it would be better to contract out the growing process to private companies. 
 
   Marijuana has been used as an agent for achieving euphoria since ancient times. It was recognized in many ancient medical references. An article published by Huffington Post, titled “Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse than You Think “explains with research on the history of marijuana that this drug is really less harmful for society than we think. The author explains that the first reasons that let think the world weed is bad are pretty irrelevant themselves. For example, the history of the legalization of marijuana in the United States; Harry J. Anslinger, a man in charge of the prohibition in Washington, D.C. in 1929, needed a new purpose for his department and explained to the world that marijuana was absolutely disastrous and it turns a man into a “wild beast”. The reality is he wrote to 30 leading scientist on this subject, asking if cannabis was dangerous and if there should be a ban. Twenty-nine wrote back and said no. Anslinger picked the one scientist who said yes and presented him to the world and the press. The first reasons of banning marijuana may not be good ones. Plus, parts of the world which has experimented with the legalization of marijuana have positive results. 
 
     The perception of this drug are different all around the because because of the personal backgrounds of societies and their culture. There is no really better answer to the question of the legalization of marijuana. My own opinion goes in favor of the legalization of marijuana. Even if I live in a place where weed in not legal, I think that alcohol is more dangerous than this drug and its legalization would not create a problem in our structured society while alcohol’s sale are going well. As a teenager i think that if it would be legalized, it would be less accessible for young people. I really think that it only need to be structured in term of rules and the legalization of marijuana should have positive results. 
 
Article Québec: The Canadian Press. Quebec government says it doesn't want to be involved in selling marijuana. CBCnews, web, Feb 11, 2016, consulted March 5, 2016. < http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-saq-marijuana-1.3444268>
 
Article Uruguay: Will Carless. Two years later, Uruguay still has no legal marijuana for sale. Globalpost.com, web, on Jan 9, 2016, consulted March 5, 2016 <http://www.globalpost.com/article/6716408/2016/01/07/uruguay-legal-marij...
 
Other: Hari, Johann. Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think. Huffingtonpost.com, web, 02/11/2016, consulted March 5, 2016<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-influence/real-reasons-marijuana-is-ba...