Legalization of Marijuana
The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 started the prohibition of marijuana in America. During this time many newspapers were running untrue stories of Immigrants and how they were committing violent acts while under the influence of marijuana. During this time Congress decided to start the prohibition of marijuana. This was a huge disappointment to many Americans since marijuana was and still is the third most popular drug behind cigarettes and alcohol. Many farmers lost a lot of money after the prohibition of marijuana due to it being a major cash crop. However, the biggest mistake of the marijuana tax act has to be the drastic arrests and overcrowding in the prison system.
Cannabis, which is also known as (marijuana, weed, Mary-Jane, ganja, and bud), is a fast-growing bushy plant with dense sticky flowers, which produces the psychoactive THC. It is the most widely used illegal psychoactive and has a long history of medicinal, recreational, and industrial use. The fibrous stalks of the plant are used to produce clothing and rope. More than ninety-seven million Americans have tried marijuana including President Clinton and Obama as well as other political leaders. Every forty-five seconds someone gets arrested for marijuana. In 2007 more than seven hundred seventy thousand people were arrested for small possession. In 2005, the total amount of marijuana arrests exceeded the total amount of arrests for all violent crimes. We waste tens of billions of dollars on a drug that doesn’t make people commit harm. The money we use to prevent people from using marijuana could be used to help law enforcement prevent violent crimes.
Marijuana users receive ridiculous prison sentences. For example; Weldon Angelos was sentenced to fifty-five years in prison for selling marijuana to undercover cops in Salt Lake City, Utah. This sentence is not only absurd, it’s a joke. I say this because if he had hijacked a plane he would have received a twenty-five year...