Should Marijuana Be Legal?

by kevingemme on September 10, 2013 - 7:46pm

 

Legalization of marijuana has been a hot topic during the summer in Canada as some politicians have voiced their opinion on the subject during the season. This news article made by Global News was about the controversial point of view that the new Liberal leader Justin Trudeau had regarding legalization of cannabis. During this summer, Mr. Trudeau had taken a firm stance about legalizing marijuana in Canada. According to him, cannabis has to be ‘’tax[ed] and regulate[d]’’ in order to control the use of marijuana around the country. Trudeau is clearly aware that marijuana might have some negative effect on the brain in the long haul, but declares that it’s the best way “to keep it out of the hands of our kids.” This article goes on to show the opinion of other political figures that have the opposing point of view. In fact, the country’s Minister of Justice, Peter Mackay responded that “these drugs are illegal because of the harmful effect they have on users and on society” and that the law currently in place were to “protect[] the interests of families across the country.”

 

In this case we have many conflicting values that come into play. First off, Trudeau in this case might declare that smoking marijuana is an individual choice and that everyone should have the freedom to do what he or she wants if it does not harm anyone else. The opposing value that conflicts with this is collective responsibility as it is known that cannabis can have negative effects on the development of the brain and can lead to laziness. Therefore, someone that thinks that collective responsibility is a highly important value would argue that cannabis harms the productivity of people and increases the cost of health care, thus, not respecting the collective good. Some would also argue that individual freedom and pleasure conflicts with security and family. In fact, a common belief is that the best way to make this drug inaccessible to children and teens is to make it illegal to discourage them from taking it. However, in this particular article, Mr. Trudeau declares that the best way to defend our values of family and security in this case is to legalize it so that the government can regulate and control this type of drug. Therefore, we could say that family and security are values that can go on either side.

 

As of me, I think that Mr. Trudeau’s idea to legalize marijuana is a good one. For me, the value of family is important and I think that he makes a good point when he affirms that legalizing and regulating marijuana is the best way to keep it out of our kid’s hands. In fact, many people would agree to say that even if it’s illegal, cannabis is fairly easy to obtain. Another big reason why I feel we should legalize marijuana use is because I think that individual freedom is a highly important value and that as long that someone does not impede someone else’s freedom, everyone should be able to do what he or she desires. That being said, it will be interesting to see how all of this develops in the near future. Will Trudeau’s idea of legalizing marijuana prevail in the end?

 

Article used: http://globalnews.ca/news/741596/justin-trudeau-wants-to-legalize-mariju...

Comments

In my opinion, Marijuana should be legalized but only if there are institutions and laws that come with the legalization of that drug so that under aged people cannot have access to the drugs. Also to diminish the negative effect that would come with this legalization, they could put campaigns to raise awareness on the effects of marijuana (similar to the awareness pictures on the effect of cigarette on internal organs) so that people that would consider taking this drug are aware of the “danger” on their health. Also, by legalizing Marijuana we would allow people to choose, therefore, giving them freedom.

For me this was always an ethical issue I could never choose one side because I think both perspectives have their pros and cons. In a way I feel that marijuana should be legalized because it could potentially reduce the crime rate. However, I disagree with the argument presented in the article that the reason for legalizing it would be so they could control it better. I do not believe that by legalizing marijuana will allow for better control of the drug. If there is a will there is a way and people will still continue to find ways to obtain marijuana just as they are doing now. Then again, I agree that the effects of marijuana are a solid reason not to legalize it. I think virtue ethics would come into play here because not all people are “negatively” affected by this drug, some are even prescribed it to help them cope better with some kind of illness. This indicates that not all people use it for the same reasons.

I've chosen to comment your summary because i believe that this subject is, although talked about recently, not taken seriously. This idea of legalizing marijuana as indeed because very of actuality recently. I believe that talking more and more about it will eventual bring people to take a decision. I believe that marijuana should be legalize because it will stop, or reduce at least, the illegal drug market that makes millions off it each year. I also believe that our society will not because a "pot head society" just because marijuana is legalize, people are still going to be able to make choices wether or not they want to smoke. i don't personally smoke and i probably won't start if it is legalize, although I am just one example and this is my personal opinion. Still, if cigarettes and alcohol are legal, why should pot be outside the category of "legal substance" ?

I read your post because it is a controversial topic that people are debating for a long period of time now. We can see that Marijuana is more accepeted than ever in America with the decriminalization of it in the state of Colorado and Washington last year and with Trudeau idea about it. In my opinion, Trudeau's idea is a good one. I think that it would be better if it would be legalised beacause the security of the user would be better because the government would sell it so people would no more buy it to suspicious seller. Plus, the product should be cleaner and more natural. This way, the security of the consumer should be better than now and I think that with time, because it is legal, people will buy less and the use of marijuana will decline. I think that this subject should be studied more closely and we would see more good point than bad points to legalising pot. Do you think that the crime rates would decline if marijuana is legal?

I read your post because it is a controversial topic that people are debating for a long period of time now. We can see that Marijuana is more accepeted than ever in America with the decriminalization of it in the state of Colorado and Washington last year and with Trudeau idea about it. In my opinion, Trudeau's idea is a good one. I think that it would be better if it would be legalised beacause the security of the user would be better because the government would sell it so people would no more buy it to suspicious seller. Plus, the product should be cleaner and more natural. This way, the security of the consumer should be better than now and I think that with time, because it is legal, people will buy less and the use of marijuana will decline. I think that this subject should be studied more closely and we would see more good point than bad points to legalising pot. Do you think that the crime rates would decline if marijuana is legal?

Very hard question, how to define wether its is moral or not is the real question. Saying yes to marijuana is saying yes to drugs. If weed is not so bad what will be the next step? Will, cocaine become a good source of energy, just like drinking a good red bull, why not? it comes from a natural plant also. I agree that marijuana does not harm anyone, I just think it is a question of ethic here. How would you feel to see your mom high spending the few money your family has because she became addicted to marijuana? Good for the economy,yes, of course, good for a society, I don't think so.I don't think freedom of to break your cells is necessary. We are into restricting cigaret and people starts to realize the good effects of it. What would you think if you futur children could smoke marijuana everyday and say to you, ''there is nothing there it is natural and it is legal''?

I read your post because I did a similar analysis. Clearly we share the same views on the matter, I think it that Justin Trudeau's statements are positive for the outlook of legalization of marijuana in Canada. Someday I hope that Canadians will be free to make it their own decision whether or not they consume cannabis. The economic benefits of legalizing marijuana are equally as important. If the government were you tax and sell it, the revenue generated would be huge. Crime rate would decrease as well due to the fact that sketchy deals and illicit behaviour would disappear because it would be easier to access. Of course I believe that if it were to be legalized and sold by distributors it would have to be rather pricey to keep people from over abusing it. My only question and concern is if the government would be able to implement some sort of system to tax and distribute it without society collapsing into smoke..?

Great post and really interesting topic! In fact, we all know people that consume marijuana, which maybe tells us that it would be for the benefit of everyone. Although, if marijuana is legalized, what is the message that is being sent from this? Probably, people will take it less seriously and will not necessarily pay attention to the harms that can be caused by this drug. On the other hand, society has always been fighting against kids and teens taking drugs because it can significantly affect them in different areas of their development. For example, school, concentration and focus are the things that are often harmed. Other than that, this could anger religious groups because it totally goes against their beliefs. Personally, I am totally against it, I believe that there is no need in legalizing something that can cause negative effects on people and also because it goes against my values and my beliefs. I believe the questions that has to be asked here is; is it really worth it?

Marijuana should be legalized. If controlled and taxed correctly, this government will have the potential to eventually dig them selves out of this financial rut. Also, there are medical benifits behind medicinal marijuana. Such as, cancer patients who are being treated with chemotherapy have a higher loss of appetite, and marijuana has an effect on most people making them hungry and wanting to eat. Also marijuana activates receptors in your brain which can relieve pain, (According to http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Does+marijuana+really+relieve+pain....) Instead of a doctor prescribing all these potentially addictive pain killers such as OxyContin, Percocet,Vicoden. Marijuana is not a drug that when abused can become addictive where as Pain Pills are a commonly abused perscription drug. with that being said, i believe medicinal marijuana when controlled will be a very good idea. What i mean by controlled is it should be treated like sudafed. Sudafed has a chemical in it called Pseudoephedrine. With the right ingredients, Pseudoephedrine can be cooked and made into methamphetamine. (Crystal-Meth) You can buy no more than 9 grams of Pseudoephedrine per month with out getting a visit from law enforcers. Marijuana should be controlled the same way.

Thank You for your time

Nice work on the post and great explanations. i like how you explained about Trudeau explanation that people should have rights to smoke freely, but not harming anyone and themselves, and of course that marijuana can bring the negative effects of the brain and would cause people to be lazy. yes there are no death rates of marijuana comparing with alcohol, but people should be careful about their health. virtual ethic would come into mind that people do have a negative approach to marijuana while others feel that it can help reduce the pain and suffering. this case is definitely well known for different topics and debates.