February 17, 2013
What are the prevailing issues for and against legalization of marijuana? Just because something is “illegal” does not mean it is bad; likewise, if something is “legal” does not mean it is not bad. Unlike law, ethics tries to determine what is right and wrong regardless of any law that may, or may not, already exist relating to the issue at hand.
By 1890, hemp had been replaced by cotton as a major cash crop in southern states. Some patent medicines during this era contained marijuana, but it was a small percentage compared to the number containing opium or cocaine. It was in the 1920's that ...view middle of the document...
The "war on drugs" thus brought with it a shift from reliance on imported supplies to domestic cultivation (particularly in Hawaii and California). Beginning in 1982 the Drug Enforcement Administration turned increased attention to marijuana farms in the United States, and there was a shift to the indoor growing of plants specially developed for small size and high yield. After over a decade of decreasing use, marijuana smoking began an upward trend once more in the early 1990s, especially among teenagers.
There are plenty of supporters on both sides of the marijuana decriminalization issue in the US. On one side, some people want to decriminalize the drug. Proponents of medical use of marijuana would benefit from this move, as the drug would be more broadly available and merchandisable to the public. On the other side, many people still consider the drug to be hazardous to persons and society at large. Marijuana today, its legalization and distribution, is still hotly debated and has been for more than a decade. The fact is that we're not getting rid of this drug any time soon so it would be smart to know what damage might be created by its use.
Marijuana's short-term effects include distorted perceptions of time and space, increasing the risk of traffic accident or personal injury. Difficulty thinking...