“Just say yes,” I say.
By next month Prop. 19, legalization of marijuana, will be on the ballot. By legalizing marijuana, people 21 and older will be able to legally have an ounce of marijuana for private use and be allowed to grow up to 25 sq. ft of their own plants.
Studies show that if marijuana is used in moderation it is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol consumption. Also, it is used for medical purposes such as cancer.
By smoking it throughout chemotherapy, patients are able to deal with the great deal of physical pain that they experience. It also boosts their appetite.
When under the influence of marijuana, it lowers one’s inhibitions of violent aggressiveness. Crime will be reduced at an all time high. Street justice related to drugs will be reduced, therefore drug dealers will lose a lot of business.
Police and court resources will be more available for serious crimes rather than petty crimes. Every inmate costs taxpayers a lot of money so by eliminating inmates that are serving time for marijuana related crimes it won’t be as expensive and it will allow the jail to have room for the hard time criminals.
It won’t be as available to minorities as it is now. Drug dealers in the streets will have to raise their prices. Responsible marijuana smokers pose no threat to their surroundings.
They aren’t induced to act physically or verbally abusive, as opposed to one that is consuming alcohol. Marijuana causes no health problems and doesn’t kill brain cells. In other words it doesn’t harm the body like hard narcotics would. It has no serious side effects, other then being lethargic. It is used for depression, stress, pain and anxiety.
Unlike alcohol and hard narcotics, marijuana can’t be used to overdose, like drinking alcohol. One can drink too much and obtain alcohol poisoning which can be fatal.
Legalizing marijuana is towards a good cause. Crimes will be to a minimum, gang violence and drug wars will be reduced to a low. Cancer and AIDS patients will have easier access to the medical marijuana beneficial to their health. It helps to relieve nausea and vomiting.
AIDS patients lose their appetites. Smoking marijuana helps to boost their hunger. Many other illnesses would also benefit from marijuana as well.
If it is legalized, it’s going to help a lot of people as long as they smoke responsibly. It has no proven theory that it causes health problems or promotes fatality. These are the many reasons why marijuana should be legalized in California. It’ll help people, authorities, and tax payers.
Lani Ioane is a City Times staff writer