Would you like to discuss this issue with others? Join our debate “Should cannabis be legalised in Europe?” and add your thoughts in the comments section! Among Democrats, 75% of liberals say marijuana use should be legal, compared to half (50%) of conservative and moderate Democrats. “Because people should be allowed to control their bodies and not let the government intervene.” Male, 18 The percentage of 12- to 17-year-olds who use marijuana is higher than the national average in any state where marijuana is legal. For example, 16.21% of Colorado teens and 18.86% of Alaskan teens reported using marijuana in the past year, compared to an average of 12.29% for the U.S. as a whole in 2015/2016. What right could be more fundamental and humane than the right to choose which substances to put into one`s body?  More than 3,500 people die of drowning each year in the United States, but the government would not arrest people who own swimming pools.  More than 30,000 people die each year in car accidents, but the government does not ban driving.  Adults should be allowed to make decisions about how to relax or have fun without government intervention, especially if they are not hurting anyone.  Right now, there is an endless debate about whether marijuana use should be legalized. However, a few countries have so far legalized the use of marijuana: not only for medical purposes, but for general use, just like tobacco. Risks of rapid expansion have been documented in Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.
Edibles there have produced a disproportionate share of cannabis-related crises in emergency rooms, according to a March 25 New York Times report. Edibles were also more likely than inhaled jars to cause severe intoxication, acute psychiatric symptoms in people without a history of psychiatric illness, and cardiovascular problems. The lead author of the report, published in the April 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, told reporter Roni Caryn Rabin that he does not believe edibles should be available on the retail market for recreational use. The case for the use of marijuana for medical purposes was presented in a letter from the World Health Organization to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on January 24, 2019. About 30 countries around the world had legalized medical marijuana in 2018. The legalization of marijuana puts the United States in a weak position when it comes to holding other countries accountable for legal agreements.  “This is a path that the United States, with its keen interest in international institutions and the rule of law, should follow with great caution,” wrote Wells Bennett, a fellow in national security law at the Brookings Institution, and John Walsh, senior associate in Washington`s Latin America office.  Recreational marijuana will have many negative health effects. The drug is addictive, with growing evidence of a withdrawal syndrome. In addition, it has been shown to have negative effects on mental health, intelligence (including irreversible decreases in cognition) and the respiratory system. Acutely drunk driving with marijuana significantly increases the risk of a fatal car collision.
Recreational legalization may have theoretical (but as yet unproven) positive social implications on issues such as national criminal justice policies, but these effects will not be without significant public health and societal costs. Currently, there is a lack of resources to educate doctors about this most commonly used illegal substance. The potential benefits and significant risks associated with marijuana use should be taught in medical schools and residency programs across the country. Research shows that people are drinking less and alcohol sales are decreasing in places where marijuana is legalized.    The amount of crime and violence caused by alcohol use is ten times higher than by marijuana use, and alcohol is a factor in approximately 40% of violent crime.   The shift from alcohol to cannabis use will reduce alcohol-related crimes such as domestic violence and physical assault. According to FBI crime statistics, violent crime in Washington declined in the years following legalization (295.6 reported violent crimes per 100,000 Washington residents in 2011 compared to 284.4 violent crimes per 100,000 population in 2015).  There is clear public support for the failed change in our anti-marijuana policy.  More than half of U.S.
states legalized marijuana for medical purposes, and 40 states took steps between 2009 and 2013 to relax their drug laws (e.g., decriminalize or reduce penalties for possession).  “Legalization campaigns that suggest marijuana is a benign substance pose a significant challenge to educating the public about its known risks and side effects,” the American Academy of Pediatrics said.  ASAM “does not support the legalization of marijuana and recommends that jurisdictions that have not acted to legalize marijuana be extremely cautious and not pursue legalization policies until more can be learned.”  WADA “believes that (1) cannabis is a dangerous drug and, as such, poses a public health concern; (2) The sale of cannabis should not be legalized.  In recent years, there have been significant changes in cultural attitudes towards medical and recreational marijuana. Potential issues related to the approval, production, dispensing, route of administration, and adverse health effects of medical and recreational marijuana are being investigated. Medical marijuana should go through the same strict approval process as other drugs prescribed by doctors. The legalization of recreational marijuana can have negative public health implications. While a majority of those who say marijuana should be legal say they have tried the drug before (65%), 34% of those who support legalization say they have never tried marijuana. Of those who say marijuana should be illegal, 29% say they`ve tried it before, while 71% say they haven`t. About one in five opponents of legalization (19%) say marijuana is illegal and should be monitored, 11% say it is a gateway to harder drugs, and 8% say it is particularly harmful to young people.
A small proportion of opponents (7%) say that while recreational marijuana use should be illegal, they have no objection to legalizing medical marijuana.1 From an economic perspective, the legalized marijuana trade appears to be highly profitable because; It will generate huge revenues. In addition, it will stimulate the global economy through savings on internal and external costs. Grammy notes: “The legalization of marijuana generates significant tax revenue and creates significant public savings for the federal, state and local governments” (1). Currently, some U.S. states, such as California and Pennsylvania, are facing enormous economic challenges; Therefore, the legalization of marijuana will boost the economies of financially troubled states. Economists estimate total annual marijuana revenues at $14 billion, and that amount of money can offset the current deficit in education spending.