Marijuana deserves a legitimate place in the nation
Last month, California legislator Tom Ammiano introduced the nation's first bill that would legalize, regulate and tax the commercial use of marijuana in California. Not only will the revenue generated help California's crumbling economy, the regulation of marijuana may also lead the nation one step closer to ending the war on drugs by eliminating the underground industry.
Similar to the prohibition movement with alcohol in the early twentieth century, marijuana use actually increased after it was outlawed. According to a Drug and Marijuana Arrest spreadsheet, it was only after the California legislature decriminalized possession of small quantities under the 1975 Moscone Act that marijuana arrests decreased by 36,000 on average per year. After all, sometimes it is the very nature of prohibition that makes the drug more attractive. Marijuana is still the most used illegal drug in America. More than 97.5 million Americans have tried it, according to a 2005 national survey, and some 14.6 million smoke it regularly. Thus, the only way to achieve the goal of reducing the use of marijuana is to decriminalize it.
The paranoia around marijuana in the late twentieth century is truly starting to change to a new era of acceptance. Over thirteen states, California included, allow the legal possession of medical marijuana to those who suffer from a debilitating medical condition. And just last month, Attorney General Eric Holder under the Obama administration announced that federal agents will no longer make routine raids on medicinal marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. It is time to take this initiative one step further and completely legalize marijuana in the nation.
Charles Kong. Charles Kong loves to play tennis. Actually, he likes to play sports in general. He tries not to procrastinate, but his success rate varies. He likes listening to music and using the computer, and loves Jackie Chan movies. He is super excited for Chips, even … More »