In the United States, the cannabis industry is still in its infancy, yet the general attitude towards it doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. Most of the public is still firmly against cannabis federalization. Those who support its legalization are few and far between. In fact, marijuana is still regarded as “crack” or illegal drug among many Americans. But why is that? What’s behind this deep-seated perception that cannabis is bad and should be illegal?
The general perception is that cannabis is a drug that’s highly addictive and destructive. This is perhaps one of the reasons why cannabis is illegal, despite its effectiveness as a medicinal plant. But it must also be remembered that marijuana only produces a fraction of the amount of heroin or cocaine. So what’s the difference? Isn’t cannabis just as destructive as either cocaine or heroin?
The answer to the question is no. While both marijuana and cocaine are highly addictive and dangerous drugs, the harms they cause are very different. The danger of marijuana is that it can lead to an addiction and dependency on the drug. But the potential for abuse is much greater than that of cocaine or heroin. And this is the real reason why cannabis should be legalized.
As with any other drug, marijuana does indeed cause physical and psychological harm to the user. But there are many more ways that cannabis can destroy people’s lives besides dependency. The mentally addictive nature of marijuana creates a highly susceptible mind that will easily succumb to verbal and mental abuse. It also has the ability to make an individual unstable and unreliable – something that many employers will exploit once they start legal cannabis use in their employees.
There are many documented cases of impaired driving and accidents caused by the effects of marijuana. And unfortunately, there are even more reports of accidents caused by stoned drivers. A study done by the Canadian government on legalized cannabis found that it is one of the most popular drugs in the car at the time of consumption. While it is impossible to know just how many impaired drivers caused their own deaths or accidents, it is still undeniable that marijuana federalization is a huge roadblock to safe driving. This, of course, comes in addition to the increased likelihood of accidents related to falling asleep while driving or operating a vehicle while unfit. A Canadian study even reported that 25% of drivers stopped for suspicion of cannabis and alcohol have been later proven to be actually under the influence.
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The United States Federal Government is an example of how cannabis federalization can have horrible unintended consequences. It is imperative to stop cannabis federalization at the source. Instead of protecting American citizens from its ill effects, our government is making a dangerous mistake by interfering with the will of the states when it comes to enacting sensible cannabis laws. We don’t need a marijuana party, we need sensible cannabis laws!