The most famous plant and my opinion on where it's headed.
May 3, 2009 7:12pm CST
Marijuana, quickly becoming one of the United states more popular topics of discussion, has what appears to be a 50/50 stand on the viewpoints of it's legalization. I believe, however, that the only reason this statistic is true at all is simply BECAUSE it is dubbed "illegal." I think that most people would have, if not a view of agreement, a lenient attitude towards it if marijuana were legal. However, I disagree with the direction that marijuana is headed. Right now, it seems that marijuana will soon be legal for medicinal uses in most or all states, and i simply do not agree with this. Marijuana, although it undoubtfully has multiple medicinal uses, will be much more strictly monitored if it is federally legalized as a medicine. It will be a substance only available by prescription, and because of this I think that possession will be more strictly enforced. Hopefully, if(moreso WHEN) marijuana is federally legalized as a medicine, hopefully Obama will still realize the huge amount of money wasted persecuting people with possession of it, and include a "branch" in whatever statement legalizes it negating this.
4 May 09
Legalizing it as a medicine is a step in the right direction. Although complete legalization regulation and taxation is the way to go. I know many, such as the first responder, believe that decriminalization is the way to go since it leaves the government out of it as much as possible, but that answer is not sustainable. The only way to please both sides is full legalization with rational regulation and taxation.