Marijuana Law
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In a 2010 report by the Common Sense for Drug Policy Organization, the American annual causes of death were classified under the following categories:

Tobacco Related 430,700
Alcohol Related 110,640
Prescription Drugs 32,000
Suicide 30,575
Homicide 18,272
Drug Induced Deaths 16,926
NSAID’s (such as Aspirin) 7,600
Marijuana 0 deaths

Before you start to wonder about the veracity of the figures above, you should be aware that no one has ever been officially declared dead from direct or indirect marijuana consumption.

Marijauna Law
This clearly puts the assertions of politicians, lawmakers and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that marijuana is a dangerous narcotic and deserves its classification as a Schedule 1 substance as deeply flawed.

Schedule I drugs are typically substances that possesses no practical use apart from its’ psychoactive values and creates a very high risks of dependency, thereby equating marijuana with other infamous Schedule I drugs such as Methamphetamine and Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). To stress the point a little harder, drugs such as heroin and cocaine are classified as Schedule II substances; implying that these drugs have alternate, if somewhat limited, beneficial applications and are less of a risk compared to marijuana!

If we consider the fact that marijuana is probably the most versatile, productive and environmentally-efficient farming crop in the world, with a wide range of trickle down applications, and a well established medical usage background, the issue becomes stranger; sinister, some might even be inclined to say, considering that the classification, and eventual prohibition of marijuana appears to be completely wrong in the face of the fatality rates of other psychoactive substances.

The United States government has also repeatedly gone on record since the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act stating the danger that this ‘single use’ product posses. In recent years, they have also begun to dismiss documented scientific findings that go against the government’s position on the issue. Set against the promptings of our founding fathers, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who actively encouraged the growing of the hemp plant due to its economic potential, one would assume that the government would have some exceptionally strong scientific basis for the criminalization of marijuana. However, the most credible reason that the government has managed to provide over the past seventy years after the initial criminalization of the product is the ‘gateway drug’ theory, where regular consumption of marijuana will lead to users gradually experimenting with drugs that are more dangerous.

Gateway Drug?

This theory fails for two reasons. The first, there are NO other more dangerous drugs than marijuana – after all, the government has classified it as a Schedule I substance. Secondly, the theory is based on no credible scientific or statistical data. Continuous government funded studious have been made over the past century by numerous public and private entities that has failed to produce any substantiating corroborative data for the getaway drug theory.

In fact, more and more, the scientific community is looking at marijuana as the mediating drug for heroin and cocaine abusers. Replacing the hard-core addictive drugs with a carefully managed marijuana therapy has yielded some assuring results, and this has almost absolutely debunked the gateway drug theory.

A point of interest is the Dutch substance management policy. Decriminalization of marijuana surprisingly showed an across the board reduction in psychoactive substances usage, and in the process, also reduced the criminal and social effects that these psychoactive substance creates.

Under the onslaught of the facts above, one must wonder why marijuana was criminalized in the first place and why the government has not lifted the prohibition against marijuana yet. We will look at the genesis of the prohibition and the continuing opposition to decriminalizing marijuana from the political and social minority in the following pages.


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