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Cannabis business – Macguire

March 2, 2012

Stupid teenagers and their stupid drugs. We’re going nowhere in life! All we do is get high and we will never succeed. Those darned kids.

Unfortunately, this is the case for most of our youth today. But really, TALONS is the last place I would look for stoners. We’re autonomous learners! We can’t do drugs, we have adventure trips to plan and math homework to do and things to perfect! And also, it’s technically illegal. Most TALONS students wouldn’t be caught dead doing anything that would impose on their success later on in life. Because after all, we are members of The Academy of Learning for Outstanding, Notable Students!

Anyways, let’s get back to this cannabis business (say that three times fast). Cannabusiness. See what I did there? There has been a bill being evaluated in the United States for quite a while now, called HR 2306. Ron Paul, one of the presidential candidates for the US in 2012, officially introduced this bill to congress in June 2011. Some people trash-talking Ron Paul have been saying that “the only people voting for Ron Paul are the potheads, and their only reason is that he will make their beloved drugs legal.”

The goal of the bill, HR 2306, is not to legalize marijuana but to remove it from the list of federally controlled substances while allowing states to decide how they will regulate it.

– Tony Pierce, The LA Times

Basically, it is being debated that marijuana would be removed from the country-wide “bad drugs” list, giving each individual state the opportunity to decide what they want to do. At this point you’re probably thinking “But… how? Marijuana is a drug! It’s what all the bad kids do! It is ruining the society of America! Legalizing marijuana would be like legalizing… something illegal!”

If that’s what you’re thinking, I have constructed this handy-dandy pro/con list, just for you.

Pros:

  • It’s healthy! According to surveys done by IDMU [1], the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit, “smoking weed” has been found to help many users with stress relief and relaxation. In 1972, the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have “no accepted medical use.” Since then, 16 of 50 US states and DC have legalized the medical use of marijuana [2]. If doctors are giving it out medically, why is recreational use illegal? Many of the patients using medical marijuana have said that the main thing they like about it is that it takes their mind off the stress and the pain of having a disease. This is the story of Christamae, a muscular dystrophy who uses cannabis medically.
  • It’s cheap!If marijuana were to be legalized, the price would go down, due to the increase in availability and spread. Therefore, marijuana-related crimes, such as theft would be reduced (because you can just get your own).
  • It’s taxable!The government already has taxes imposed on items such as alcohol and cigarettes, the modern “drugs” of today. Legalizing cannabis would make it available for the government to tax, as another one of the “sins”.
  • It’s safe! Based on the research and information provided by Kenneth D. Kochanek, there have been 0 marijuana related deaths, also compared to the number of deaths caused by other illegal drugs and substances.

Cons:

  • We’re stupid!From a completely personal standpoint, I believe that for the general population, the law is the only thing holding people back from marijuana use. If it were to become legal, most people would see it as “why not?” instead of seeing the fact that they didn’t use it before, and it was illegal before it turned legal. Unfortunately, some of our population do not know any boundaries, and there would likely be issues with people driving while high or being high in public.
  • More drugs! Legalization of marijuana could lead to the debate and possible legalization of more drugs, harder drugs, or even all drugs. Now wouldn’t that be paradise.
  • It’s dangerous!In the chance that studies reveal that cannabis does in fact have health dangers, legalization would have exposed the drug to an exponential amount of people. Even non-users will have been affected by the widespread use, in the form of secondhand smoke or other exposure. The drug will then have affected and imposed health issues on a huge number of people, even those who did not use the drug at all.

It’s quite the battle. The pros are comparable to the cons, but are the risks worth the benefit? I think it all comes down to a personal decision, forming your own opinion. It’s a matter of analyzing and evaluating all the aspects before coming to a conclusion. English class has taught me well.

Sources:

[1] – http://www.idmu.co.uk/canstressdepres.htm
[2] – http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/

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