Law enforcement policies regarding marijuana possession affect specific racial groups disproportionately.
Most arrests for marijuana possession involve Hispanic individuals and African Americans. This would seem to suggest that anti-marijuana laws are unfairly slanted against these races, as Caucasians and non-Hispanic Americans have much less likelihood of being arrested for marijuana possession.
Legalizing marijuana may reduce drug access for teenagers.
As long as marijuana remains illegal, selling it will continue to serve as a lucrative earning opportunity for teenagers. Legalization will also help to disassociate marijuana from other more dangerous illegal drugs, reducing teen access to them.
Prohibition relies on distortion of facts, disinformation, and outright lies.
As more and more evidence of marijuana’s benefits are discovered, prohibition proponents have had to become increasingly reliant on exaggeration, falsehoods, fallacies, and outright lies. In fact, many of the most prevalent arguments against legalization are based on woefully outdated and erroneous information.
Marijuana is a much safer drug than alcohol and tobacco.
It takes an extremely large amount of marijuana to overdose; much more than any single person can reasonably consume at one time. It is also much less addictive than alcohol or tobacco.
Marijuana prohibition is costly and uses up money that could be put to better use for government programs.
Enforcing marijuana laws costs tax payers thousands of dollars annually, and utilizes law enforcement and justice system resources that could be put to better use going after those involved with more dangerous drugs.
It really paints quite a convincing picture, doesn’t it? Fortunately, people can no longer ignore the plethora of reasons why marijuana should be legal. The times are changing.