Imagine putting mothers, Fathers, And young adults aged 21+ in jail and forcing a permanent police record for simply possessing Alcohol for personal consumption. Sounds crazy right? We should learn from history the negative social consequences of legal prohibition. Far less dangerous statistically that Alcohol. Some might argue the medical studies are lacking, This primarily due to it's current DEA scheduling alongside Heroin/Cocaine as having no medicinal usage. Medical Cannabis regulation is a joke with unnecessary costs added. Recent studies from groups like Harvard University have proven legitimate medical benefit. This should at a minimum deem the schedule I status invalid. . I feel full federal legalization has major hurdles, Namely the Pharmaceutical industry. Cannabis has the potential to compete with hundreds if not thousands of currently prescribed medications with far less side effects. . P. S. Opioid manufacturers should be required to profit share with the hundreds of thousands of families who have had loved ones die due to their potent toxicity.
Colorado is proof that legalizing cannabis is good for the economy. They have made millions in taxes from this new industry, And are reinvesting that money into their state by funding education and healthcare. It would also take some burden off prisons to release many non-violent offenders. Scientifically, Cannabis is even safer than alcohol. There's really no reason not to legalize.
Cannabis should be legalized for recreational consumption on a national scale. Legalization would aid the U. S. Economy, And prevent many non-violent criminals from being locked up in our prisons, Taking up more space and eating up more resources, That should be dedicated to other, More serious offenders. Legalization would lead to a reduction in crime, And improve economic growth.