Why marijuana should not be legalized
Recently, public health professionals have been locked in an ongoing controversial debate regarding the use of marijuana or cannabis. The key issue of contention has been whether or not to decriminalize the consumption of marijuana. The main argument among pro-marijuana legalization groups has been that while acknowledging that cannabis is a mind altering substance, there are other legal substances that have mind altering effect (Caulkins, Hawken, Kilmer, & Kleiman, 2012). The legal substance frequently quoted in this argument is alcohol, which these pro-marijuana legalization activists consider to be more hazardous and deadly than marijuana.
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Surveillance programs that are linked to instantaneous and positive, but not austere, penalties for any substance use an abuse have proven exceptional results such as lower recidivism and declined incarceration rates. New policies to reduce drugged driving guarantee safer roads and highways as wells offer vital new strategies to treatment, while simultaneously curtailing illegal drug use and abuse. Notably, marijuana legalization for medical or recreational consumption will inadvertently result in increased consumption and addiction rates among users instead of reducing it.
Anderson, D., & Rees, D. (2013). The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: How Likely is the Worst-Case Scenario? Journal of Policy Analysis and Management ( Winter Issue).