The opinions of people are generally divided when we talk about marijuana. While some people are rejoicing over its ¨criminalised¨ status, others are regularly staging peaceful protests in a bid to legalise it.
More often than not, Marijuana is regularly criticised for being a gateway drug. However, we don´t believe it to be true. In fact, drug dealers function more as gateway drug keepers than the drug itself. What do drug dealers care for most in the world? Well, they care only for more money and profits and hence, persistently encourage their clients and customers to indulge in harder drugs—drugs that are addictive and actually detrimental to one´s health. Drug dealers know that their profits will never run dry as long as they get their customers hooked onto the drugs, creating a never ending business cycle. Legalisation of marijuana would eliminate the jobs of drug dealers, in turn, substantially decreasing the usage of hard drugs and busting the myth of marijuana being a gateway drug.
Many people are also of the opinion that marijuana causes many diseases including lung cancer. However, that belief couldn´t be further from the truth. In fact, scientific evidence tells us that marijuana has numerous medical benefits. Scientific reports suggest that the plant helps Alzheimer and Glaucoma patients overcome their suffering. The plant is also known to provide relief to those undergoing chemo/radiation therapies. In addition to those benefits, reports also suggest that the plant helps slow down the growth of tumour.
So, how can legalising marijuana be profitable?
There are over 30 million regular users of marijuana in the United States, making the plant, the largest cash crop in America. A lot of the people´s funds go to waste arresting the 750,000 marijuana-users a year. De-criminalising the plant would mean more jail space; it will free up the busy court systems too. If the justice system is busy with marijuana users, who will pay attention to other violent crimes that require stern scrutiny?
Legalisation of the plant would result in the taxation of the plant, helping the nation amass billions of dollars on a yearly basis. If the plant is legalised, there would also be a growth of jobs. After all, the plant doesn´t grow and harvest itself. This would, in turn, considerably lower the unemployment rate. If the plant is legalised, there wouldn´t be any obstacle in the development process of the hemp as a diverse and valuable agricultural crop. In recent times, the development of hemp as a new bio-fuel to reduce carbon emissions has faced many roadblocks largely owing to its status as an illegal plant.
We are highly of the opinion that marijuana must be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes.