Sunday, February 15, 2009

Marijuana Legal In New Jersey

Drugs have played a major role in shaping society in the United States since its beginnings to present day. Drugs utilized in the medical and pharmaceutical fields have extremely wide range of positive effects and are an everyday part of American life. As many different kinds of drugs as there are that benefit life, there are also many drugs that can be harmful and are extremely dangerous. In the United States the government enforces strict laws and regulations concerning all different kinds of drugs. In 1937 the United States passed the Marijuana Tax Act, and in 1970 passed the Controlled Substance Act, which officially made criminalized the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana. Under this act marijuana is classified a schedule one drug, the highest penalty and most restrictive class of drugs. Despite the law, marijuana is the third most popular recreational used drug in the U.S with nearly 80 million Americans who have admitted to trying it and 11 million using it regularly. Recent efforts have forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take a second look at the effects of Marijuana.
Some of the latest studies show marijuana has highly useful effects for the treatment of serious life-threatening illnesses such as glaucoma, MS, HIV/AIDS, and cancer. Marijuana alleviates many of the painful and uncomfortable symptoms of these illnesses, such as vomiting, nausea, muscle spasms, migraine headaches, depression, and insomnia. Also stimulating appetite and promoting weight gain. Many states have already made the step forward toward the decriminalization of marijuana and its legal use for medicinal purposes. The passage of Bill A-804 by New Jersey legislative committee will grant victims of serious illnesses the legal permission to smoke marijuana in order to ease pain or symptoms of their illness. I believe New Jersey is taking the initiative toward the decriminalization of marijuana that soon the rest of the country will follow. New Jersey is the fourteenth and most recent state to make this progress. President Obama told Rolling Stone Magizine in July 2008 his plan of policy on marijuana would begin with a “public-health approach”, and described the current U.S. policy on marijuana as “expensive, counterproductive, it doesn’t make sense”. As his presidency unfolds this country will hopefully experience a change in its view of marijuana, and take a positive approach towards the beneficial properties of marijuana.


  1. I believe alcohol and tobacco should be banned along with marijuana. All of these are harmful to the general public. Why should we allow things that are harmful to the general public be sold to them? Are we expecting them to use good judgment? In my experience, people are fools, at least most people. Ban everything, restrict everything. The great majority of people need some form of leadership in order to hold them in line. Why? Otherwise we have a bunch of half-wits bumbling around causing more harm than good. Get rid of alcohol, no more drunk driving. Get rid of tobacco and marijuana, no more lung cancer. The world will be safer. If people do manage to conjure these vices and use them, throw them in prison. They have the capacity to harm the public, do they not? In a world without drugs, there will be no suffering, at least not what was been intended by your flawed biological conditions. Any attempt to use these concoctions as a crutch is making obvious a failure that was sewn before you were born. Some people are not meant to live.

  2. Prohibition worked well...

  3. And the drug war works well too..

    Point is it doesn't matter if its difficult, it matters whats right. Just because something is hard to enforce doesn't mean its not right to enforce it.

    "oh no, people are stealing, what are we to do?!" Make everything free? You get my point.