Marijuana, Legalization, Harry J. Anslinger
Some people call it weed, pot, ganja, grass or skunk. However, its most-common name is marijuana a cannabis plant. Some people prefer to smoke while others opt to eat marijuana. The main aim of using marijuana is to entice euphoria in the user (Blundell 8). Throughout the years, there has been massive research towards deciphering the positive and negative effects of marijuana on the human body and brain. Marijuana has beneficial in the treatment of some ailments such as chronic pain, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis (Maginnis 25). However, the negative outweigh the positive effects of marijuana. Research conducted by Julie Holland M.D., Keith Humphreys, Robert Maginnis among others bring to light the negative effects of marijuana. These vary from health, social and psychological effects (Humphreys 36). Therefore, criminalizing marijuana is crucial to avert the negative implications it poses to the individuals and the society.
Marijuana criminalization should never result from stereotyping. For example, People like Harry J. Anslinger advocated a ban on marijuana based on the sentiments that Negroes, Hispanics and those in the entertainment industry are the main smokers. Such assertions are misleading. Marijuana criminalization should encompass facts and not myths and stereotyping (Blundell 8). Several researches aim to give facts on the negative implications of weed legalization.
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