AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be submitting a
weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of issues. They have
been encouraged to research, take a position, and defend their reasoning
for having such thoughts. The purpose of these editorials is to provide
awareness and knowledge for the community and to be thought provoking.
The views expressed in these editorials do not represent Van Wert High
School, and are written solely by the student author.
January 1st, 2014, Colorado became the first state to legally sell
marijuana to residents and non-residents for recreational use. This
topic of the legalization of marijuana has been a point of controversy
for many years. Now in Colorado it is legal to buy marijuana although
the Controlled Substance Act still holds marijuana possession as a
federal crime and it is supposed to trump state law. With that being
said, the Obama Administration has stated it will not intervene unless
marijuana is being distributed to minors or the revenue is going to a
The Obama administration’s apathetic attitude
toward the new law will allow for one of the most intriguing social
experiments in today’s changing world. The main question that many
people are wondering is will the pros of the legalization of marijuana
outweigh the cons? Some pros include the billions of dollars that
experts estimate legalization could generate through taxes. The major
con to legalization is many believe that it is a harmful substance that
damages the brains ability to function correctly.
legalization claim that alcohol does just as much damage to the brain
and is in some studies even more harmful. Another problem is that many
drug dealers will start to grow their own marijuana without a license
from the state so the state won’t be able to tax it. Also some studies
have shown a link between marijuana and violence. Even with all these
cons, the revenue of legalization could help boost a nation that is
struggling to find a balanced budget and is out of money. Whether this
experiment ends with a rise in crime, an increase of adolescents with
brain damage or the government receiving a much needed payday, all we
can do now is wait and see.