The Legalization Of Cannabis Paradox Essay

1462 Words Jul 6th, 2015 6 Pages
The Legalization of Cannabis Paradox For four and a half decades, the United States has fought and spent billions on the “War on Drugs.” Most recently, cannabis (marijuana, weed, THC) has been the focal point of this costly war. Since 1990s, twenty-three states, with California being the first, have legalized cannabis for personal, medicinal, and recreational usage. However, controversy over this not-so-new public enemy remains because it is still illegal under federal law. The War on Drugs is one without end. Advocates of marijuana prohibition believe it discourages crime and trafficking of the drug, while increasing overall productivity and health. Critics maintain it only has minimal effects on crime, trafficking and usage. Any substance consumed in excess can be detrimental to one’s health. Although, legalization and regulation of cannabis have taken place, the paradox of its legality under state law versus its illegality under federal remains. When an individual is restricted from indulging in an act or product that they enjoy, means of finding ways around the restrictions imposed will be their main priority. This can be seen in the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act, which was passed on October 18, 1919. The Volstead Act outlawed the transport, sale, and production of alcohol. Before prohibition, alcohol was a thriving and taxed legal business in high demand. Similar to marijuana, alcohol, could be obtained with a prescription during that time…

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