Cannabis, also known as marijuana among several other names, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug or medicine. Marijuana is often used for its mental and physical effects, such as a “high” or “stoned” feeling, a general change in perception, euphoria (heightened mood), and an increase in appetite. Since the beginning of the 20th century, cannabis has been subject to legal restrictions. The possession, use, and sale of marijuana is illegal in most countries of the world.
Marijuana use started to become popular in the US in the 1970s. Support for legalisation has increased in the United States, and several US states have legalised recreational or medical use. Before this US presidential elections, there is a debate that should it be sanctioned in remaining states or not?
There is more public support for marijuana law reform than ever before with new polls showing more than half the country favours legalising marijuana. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) believes marijuana should be removed from the criminal justice system and regulated like alcohol and tobacco. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she plans to vote favouring legalising recreational marijuana in California.
The state ballot measure in question is California’s Proposition 64, which if passed would treat marijuana much like alcohol. Recreational marijuana would be legal for those over the age of 21, and the state would tax its growth and sales in addition to regulating its distribution. Medical marijuana is already legal in California.
The question of whether pot should be legal is a big theme on state ballots this year. Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada are also voting on measures that would make the drug legal to possess and use in small amounts for people over 21. Four other states are proposing to legalise medical marijuana: Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota. Recreational marijuana is already legal in Colorado, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and the District of Columbia (though in D.C. it’s still illegal to buy or sell it).
In Colorado, after the legalisation of recreational marijuana, the number of visits to emergency rooms by children under 10 for marijuana-related reasons doubled; a third of those children needed care in an intensive care unit. How does this come about? The laws allow for “edibles,” which include gummies, cookies and hard candy.
The effects on teenagers are even more severe. Teenage brains have reached a critical stage of development that can be “disrupted” by marijuana, leading to long-term behavioural and learning problems. A recent study in The Journal of Adolescent Health showed that there is increased use of marijuana by teenagers whose parents who use marijuana. And many adolescents vape cannabis in school bathrooms; with much less, quick-to-dissipate odour, it ‘s hard to detect.
We think that it’s a drug and should have remained in the narcotics, we should not legalise the use of marijuana as a recreational drug, it will cause more problems to the society, and its benefits are microscopic. Without being conventional, we firmly oppose permitting free use of marijuana and permitting it to be carried from country to country.