Decriminalize marijuana

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decriminalize marijuana

Mrs.Nelson
Kevin Larios

period 3

Decriminalize Marijuana for the Good of America

Currently, drugs remain high on the lists of concerns of Americans and are considered one
of the major problems facing our country today. We see stories on the news about people
being killed on the street every day over drugs. To many people drugs are only an
inner-city problem, but in reality they affect all of us - users and non-users. I believe
that the negative affects we associate with drugs would be greatly reduced if the United
States adopted a policy towards the total decriminalization of marijuana. The current drug
policy of our government is obviously failing. Drug laws have created corruption,
violence, increased street crime, and disrespect for the criminal justice system. Current
drug legislation has failed to reduce demand. It's just too hard to monitor illegal
substances when a significant portion of the population is committed to using drugs.
(Inciardi and McBride 260) Marijuana comes from the hemp plant, which can readily be grown
on fields across the nation and was cultivated heavily in colonial period. After 130 years
of being legal, the potential problems of marijuana were brought into the public eye by
Harry J. Anslingler, the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and author of
Marijuana: Assassin of Youth (Goldman 88). In his book, Anslinger portrayed images of
Mexican and Negro criminals, as well as young boys, who became killers while under the
influence of marijuana. With the added public pressure, President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt signed into law the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. This law made the use and dale of
marijuana federal offenses. At this point marijuana was removed from the public eye, and
heavy users included poor Negroes, migrant Mexicans, and Jazz Musicians (Himmelstein 3).


Marijuana reappeared in the mid 1960's with the emergence of the "Hippie." Widespread
objection to the use of marijuana remained because of the set of valued and lifestyles
associated with it, but use appeared in colleges and among middle-class youths in the
suburbs (Himmelstein 103). Marijuana became a symbol of a counter-culture, and youthful
rebellion. As a consequence, marijuana use rose for the next ten years. Marijuana was
becoming more accepted across the nation. As the users of Marijuana changed, the attitudes
about the danger of Marijuana broke down. In 1970, the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention
and Control Act reduced the classification of simple possession and non-profit
distribution from felonies to misdemeanors (Himmelstein 104). This was a good start.


However, President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs in 1973 and over the next 20
years, each succeeding president continued to escalate the drug war. This policy has
obviously done nothing to stop the recreational use of drugs in this country, on the
contrary it is causing great harm. It's time to try something new.


When most people imagine the legalization of marijuana, they fear a marijuana free-for-all
with everybody constantly getting high. Legalization would be a burdensome task for the
U.S. Government. In fact, the legal process would include a law passed by Congress
allowing the government to control the content, quality, and distribution of marijuana.
The laws would be similar to the current laws regulating alcohol, including laws governing
age, limits for driving, and distribution ("Bring" 13). A thorough investigation of the
costs and benefits of legalization must be examined before any policy is implemented , but
I believe it will show that the benefits far outweigh the detriments.


The three general areas where people are opposed to legalization of marijuana center their
arguments on: health care, increased crime, and social aspects. Marijuana is more
dangerous than cigarette smoking. Two Marijuana joints create more airway impairment than
do an entire pack of cigarette (Miner 44). One joint contains three times more tar than do
cigarettes and is considered four times more dangerous (Courtwright 54). It dramatically
increases the pulse rate and blood pressure during use. If marijuana is legalized, many
project that lung cancer will increase as the amount of marijuana use increases (Miner
44). These are all valid arguments, but cigarette smoking is legal, a booming business,
and causes the same exact problems.


There are a number of myths associated with the use of marijuana and its effects on your
body which people who are opposed to its decriminalization repeatedly cite. One of these
in that Marijuana causes brain damage. This claim is based on a study of the rehus monkey
by Dr. Robert Heath in the late 1970's. Heath's work was criticized for its insufficient
sample size (only four monkeys), its failure to control experimental bias, and the
misidentification of normal monkey brain structure as "damaged" (Hager 1). Actual studies
of human populations of marijuana users have shown no evidence of damage to the brain
(Hager 1). In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) conducted two
studies in 1977 and they showed no evidence of brain damage in heavy users of marijuana
(Hager 1). Later that same year the AMA came out in favor of the decriminalizing of
marijuana (Hager 1). That seems to me that the AMA wouldn't do that if it thought
marijuana was damaging to the brain.


Another myth is that marijuana damages the reproductive system. This is based on the work
of Dr. Gabriel Nahas, who experimented with tissue cells isolated in petri dishes. The
cells were dosed with near lethal levels of cannibinoids (the intoxicating part of
marijuana). Nahas's generalizations from the petri dishes to human beings have been
rejected by the scientific community as being invalid. Studies of actual human populations
have failed to demonstrate that marijuana adversely affects the reproductive system.
(Hagar 1).


A persistent myth about marijuana is that it is a gateway drug, leading to the use of
harder drugs. The Dutch partially decriminalized marijuana in the 1970's since then the
use of heroin and cocaine has sharply decreased. The opposite of this gateway affect is
also present the United States. In 1993 a study by the Rand corporation compared drug use
in states that have decriminalized marijuana and those that have not. It found that in
states where marijuana was more available, hard drug abuse as measured by emergency room
episodes decreased. What science and real experience tells us is that marijuana tends to
substitute for much harder drugs like alcohol, cocaine, and heroin (Hagar 1).


Another misconception is that marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. Extremely high
doses of cannibinoids cause death. Extremely high doses is the key word here. Scientists
have concluded that the ratio of cannibinoids needed to get a person intoxicated (stoned)
relative to the amount necessary to kill him is 1 to 40,000. That means that to overdose
on marijuana you would need to consume 40,000 times as much as you would to get stoned.
The ratio of alcohol varies between 1 in 4 and 1 in 10. Over 5000 people die of alcohol
overdoses each year, and no one has ever died from overdosing on pot (Hagar 2).


These are just a few of the myths used various groups in order to keep marijuana illegal.
Along with these myths come the false belief that crime will increase if marijuana is
legalized. Allen St. Pierre, Assistant National Director of the National Organization for
the Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML), says that legalization will wipe out the
already 60-billion dollar black market by placing marijuana in the open market (NORML
information pack 3).


It is the enforcement of the laws criminalizing the possession, use, manufacture, and
distribution of marijuana that are causing the violent crime. This war on drugs is wasting
the money, as well as the lives of American people. The widely recognized opinion maker
William F. Buckley, Jr. writes:


...The time devoted to tracking down, arresting and then trying marijuana users and then
trying marijuana users is perhaps the greatest exercise in lost time in contemporary
activity.


In the last two years, approximately 750,000 arrests were made in our mad, quixotic effort
to stamp out marijuana. What this adds up to is millions of police hours spent on bootless
missions, millions of hours of court time wasted, and millions of months in jail, using up
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