This I Believe

Quinton - Palm Desert, California
Entered on June 1, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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The U.S. of A should legalize the use of marijuana. Marijuana should be a social drug such as alcohol and cigarettes are. People who drink are under more of a influence than people who smoke marijuana. In fact every drug should be legalized and sold and created by the people for the people. With taxes labeled on all of the drugs the government would be making a fortune and less people will be put in and out of person. If less people are in prison more people can pay taxes. It would also create jobs for people that are interested in growing and dealing with customers who are into those substances. They can work for corporations doing “Door by door” sales.

The use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana has been around since the dawn of mankind. Marijuana has only become illegitimatized in western society because it competes in the market with alcohol and cigarettes. Marijuana is a relatively easy drug to grow. Not requiring fermentation and vigorous labor to achieve the finished product as tobacco and alcohol do. I can only find economic motives towards banning the use marijuana.

Marijuana, a relatively minor health and mental altering chemical provides less of a medical risk to the user than alcohol or cigarettes. Marijuana doesn’t ruin one’s liver or gives you lung cancer. There is the organization called TRUTH who is against the smoking tobacco of all kinds. There is a fellowship of men and women called AA (alcoholics anonymous) who fight for people who are addicted to alcoholic beverages but also to find a better way of living without alcohol. Nothing against these two groups but there are no groups that I know of that are against the use of JUST marijuana. NA (narcotics anonymous) is a fellowship like AA but is against only narcotics.

In a personal realm I can think of two specific people in my family that have suffered and endured the crippling effects of long term uses of alcohol and tobacco; my mother is a struggling alcoholic, who has many health issues dealing with her liver due to her chronic consumption of alcohol. My grandfather died of lung cancer when he was 58 from smoking cigarettes and a cigar for special occasions. I have been personally affected by legal substances more than I have been by illegal substances.

The only known person in my family who exclusively uses marijuana is my uncle. My uncle who has been growing and smoking marijuana since he was 17 has a very unique life. My Uncle Clark grew up in Palm Springs where he went to high school and graduated at the top of his class. He lives in a beautiful home in Utah. His family is healthy and well functioning. They are all aware of his actions and love him just as much if he had quit. The only thing I know he worry’s about is if he is caught. This I believe is why marijuana should be legalized.