Legalize It

Essay by GnarKill74University, Bachelor'sB, October 2007

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The “War on Drugs” began almost twenty years ago when the first Bush was President. The main target of this attack was marijuana. Presidents Bush saw marijuana so harmful and bad that he decided to declare war on marijuana. Is it really that bad to start a whole war over? Is it really worth millions and millions of tax-payer dollars to stop a minority of people from smoking a plant? In the Declaration on Independence it states that Americans have inalienable rights, and the rights to have, “…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” American’s have the right to do almost anything they want as long as it doesn’t disturb their neighbor. Outlawing marijuana and declaring a war on it is violating Americans inalienable rights and not allowing them to pursue what makes them happy.

Marijuana is also known as cannabis or hemp. Humans have been consuming cannabis for more than 2,000 years because it has not always been a criminal act to smoke a plant.

The government tries to say that marijuana is too dangerous for people and that’s why it’s illegal. There are 100,000 deaths a year resulting from alcohol and 400,000 a year resulting from tobacco, both of which are perfectly legal(Hemp Facts). There has never been a recorded death from an overdose of marijuana in history(Hemp Facts). So, why isn’t the government declaring a war on tobacco or alcohol if they are obviously a lot more dangerous than marijuana?Marijuana being illegal is an infringement on what was set up for Americans in theDeclaration of Independence. Like previously stated a man has the right to do whatever he wants as long as it doesn’t interfere with his neighbor. The government should only get involved with peoples business if their actions could endanger others. Individuals have...