Is it time to legalize marijuana in the U.S.? | The Tylt
Is it time to legalize marijuana in the U.S.?
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly testified under oath about his opposition to marijuana and marijuana legalization. Studies have shown it's bad for the developing brain, makes rats lazy, and has the potential to make mental illnesses worse. All of these things make it difficult for some people to support marijuana because it comes down to a matter of morals. If you believe marijuana is bad for people, then you cannot allow it to be legal.
“I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store … Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a compelling reason why marijuana should be legalized—do it for the children. Legalizing marijuana would make it easier to regulate the drug and keep it out of the hands of teens and children. It would also have the effect of funneling money away from criminals and to the state instead, where it could be used for any number of positive programs. Here's how Trudeau puts it:
Look, our approach on legalizing marijuana is not about creating a boutique industry or bringing in tax revenue, it’s based on two very simple principles:
The first one is, young people have easier access to cannabis now, in Canada, than they do in just about any other countries in the world. [Of] 29 different countries studied by the U.N., Canada was number one in terms of underage access to marijuana. And whatever you might think or studies seen about cannabis being less harmful than alcohol or even cigarettes, the fact is it is bad for the developing brain and we need to make sure that it’s harder for underage Canadians to access marijuana. And that will happen under a controlled and regulated regime.
The other piece of it is there are billions upon billions of dollars flowing into the pockets of organized crime, street gangs and gun-runners, because of the illicit marijuana trade, and if we can get that out of the criminal elements and into a more regulated fashion we will reduce the amount of criminal activity that’s profiting from those, and that has offshoots into so many other criminal activities. So those are my focuses on that.