There has been a call by the majority of the population of the United States of America who has called on the legalization of Marijuana. The majority of the proponents suggest that the drug be made lawful for the adults if they so wish for the purpose of their recreational activities. Some states in the country have allowed marijuana to be used only for medicinal purposes outside of which it is unlawful to use it in any way. Colorado and Washington have so far given in to the pressure and demands and legalized it, in this line of thought and respect.
It is important and imperative to note and record; this phenomenon presents a dilemma because there are a divide and conflict between the federal and state laws. Federal law in retrospect still considers marijuana as schedule 1 which is a controlled substance or drug. These developments have reduced the grave nature of being in possession of pot to a little offense such as a traffic offense.
Past regimes and government declared total war on the war against drugs, but as the dynamics have changed, the menace of drugs has grown to become a costly affair to the United States of American government. The above comes in the form of reduced productivity, expenditure on health and rehabilitation, and crime. In the recent past, there has been a steady decline in the usage or abuse of drugs in the United States of America (Daryal, 3). The above comes in the wake of time, when there is a generational move and change on views and thoughts on the notion of marijuana. It is to imply that there is an upsurge in the number of people who would wish to have marijuana legalized or made lawful despite the fact that it is one of the widely used illicit drugs. Forty years ago, the majority of the population in the United States of America did not favor the use of Marijuana due to obvious reasons. But in this current day and age, the number of people, almost half of the population supports it.
In states where medical marijuana is lawful, there have a high number of people who use pot under the pretense of doctor’s recommendations. Most of the supposed ailments that the pot is supposed to cure a range of glaucoma to anxiety (Margaret, 9). They argue that more problems and issues would rise at the workplaces, children would have an easy access to the drugs, and drivers would also be impaired while on the roads.
As a matter of fact and principle, the Barack Obama Administration is in a dilemma on how to approach this issue. Thus, it would be counter-productive if the federal state pursued legalized users. Thus, the primary focus of the administration would be to focus on people who grow marijuana and if it is contrary to federal law.
Daryal, Mert. "Prices, Legalisation and Marijuana Consumption." University Avenue Undergraduate Journal of Economics 6.1 (2002): 3.
MARGARET, K. "Legalization of Marijuana." Publications Oboulo.Com (2013).