Should Marijuana Be Legal?

in User Help Last updated Apr 15, 2018

Before we decide why it should, or should not, be legal, it is important to note the differences between recreational use and medical marijuana. Even though both sides are using marijuana, they have different purposes, which helps us determine their legal standing. In the states that allow medical marijuana, possession is not a felony or misdemeanor, as long as you have the correct medical prescriptions and been using it solely for personal use. However, do keep in mind that some states put a limit on how much a person can carry, even for medical use. The average limit is one ounce or roughly 28 grams. 

The Facts, So Far

Until now, there are eight states out of fifty across the nation that allow legal adult consumption, and there are over 25 states have legalized its usage for medical purposes. As for the rest of the country, possessing marijuana can get you charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime that comes with a jail sentence and fines that range from $100 to $1000, for a first-time offense. Marijuana is a Schedule I substance based on the Controlled Substance Act. This category definition means that marijuana use is at a high risk of being abused and should remain illegal. 

Should It Be Legal?

Marijuana advocates want to see it made legal in every state. They argue that the substance has lowered crime and arrest rates in the states that have legalized its usage. For example, the numbers of DUI arrests in Colorado and Washington DC have declined since they made the substance legal. Another common argument states that it is the bestv solution for people who rely on medical marijuana and need to travel across state lines. However, they are still unable to prove any direct correlation between recreational marijuana and improving quality of life. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration still places marijuana under high restriction due to how likely it is to be abused. The recent opioid epidemic gives officials reason to be wary and has caused the government to keep a close eye on restrictions on medical substances and prescriptions. 


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