Legalizationof marijuana on medical grounds and recreational grounds
Inthe recent past, marijuana in the US has raised some heated debatesin the different states that the drug is used and also where it isnot used. The heated debates are revolving around one topic ofwhether marijuana should be legalized on medical grounds or therecreational grounds or should not be legalized at all. Some of thestates in the country have already legalized drugs, and others do notwant anything about it. As a case, the variations in the legalizationof the drugs have raised political concerns in the country, and nowas voters go to the ballot, this is one of the issues they will becontemplating when casting their votes. Therefore, this study willlook at the legalization of the drug in the various states on themedical backgrounds as well as recreational experiences from apolitical perspective.
Accordingto the American public health association, the legalization of thedrug has some controversies in that there is no clear evidence on theimpact of the drug on the body. Although the APHA supports thelegalization both on medical and recreational grounds, the uncleareffects of the drug on the body makes the association hesitate tostate its position on the legalization of the drug apparently. Theusage of the drug has got both merits and demerits, but thosedemerits are more than the benefits in that the harm associated withthe use of marijuana is more than the benefit received from theutilization of the same. The merits include the medicinal valuewhereas the list of demerits is endless (RegulatingCommercially Legalized Marijuana as a Public Health Priority, 2016).
Inthe state of Arizona, the legalization of the drug raised somepolitical issues when the proposed bill about the legalization ofmarijuana in the state passed. The Republican Party opposed the draftlaw in court when the voters passed it because the language used inthe balloting did not elaborate the voters on what they were votingfor or against during the casting of the ballot. Later on, the casewas dismissed and currently the use of marijuana is legal in Arizona(2016State Ballot Measures Coverage, 2016). Contrary to the ballotlanguage on the legalization of the pot in Arizona, California hasclearly defined what the voters will be voting for or against. Theballot language in California sets out the issue under contemplationby restricting the extent of the business of marijuana to avoid theoppression of the small marijuana farmers by the big farmers(Keene,2015). California in the US was the first state to legalizemarijuana, and as the voters go to cast their ballot, they will passthe bill.
Oneof the unique state to watch on the way the votes are to be cast isMassachusetts. The state has in the past cast the vote both in favorand at the same time against the legalization of the drug.Interestingly the state has almost an equal number of both thesupporters and the opposition of the bill. As they go to the ballot,this will be an interesting state on how they will decide on thelegalization of marijuana. Likewise, another interesting votingbattle is going to be interesting in the Nevada State. The supportersof the legalization of marijuana have totally outnumbered theopposition even regarding finance raised to support the bill.According to the Nevada Secretary website the opposition has no moneyto oppose the legalization (NevadaSecretary of State, 2016). As a case, Nevada is likely to pass therule of legalizing marijuana.
However,the above-discussed states are likely to pass the bill oflegalization on the recreational grounds, and as a case, it isimportant to take a look on the legalization of the draft law onmedical grounds in the other states. To begin with is the NorthDakota State, the state has got no much history of legalizingmarijuana for medical reasons after trying once and it failed afterthe signatures were found to be invaluable. In this year vote thestate is likely to pass the law as according to a pre-poll surveyconducted by the University of North Dakota indicates that more than45 percent are to vote for the legalization on medical groundswhereas 40 percent are against the legalization (Quinn,2016). It will be a fascinating poll here and a good one to follow.
Theother state that is on the edge of legalizing the marijuana onmedical grounds is the Montana state. Among the other states in theUS, Montana has a self-history in that the drug had been legalizedearlier on, but due lack of strict restrictive measures the rule ledto more drug trafficking in the state and the bill was abolished. Nowthis time round as they go to the ballot they want to return the ruleto power and legalize the drug on medical ground(Quinn,2016). It will be a fascinating poll to follow bearing in mind thatthey enjoyed the fruits and the miseries of the rule earlier on andthis will be their only chance to make a judgment on the law.
Thelegalization of marijuana has taken roots in many states in the US.As the country goes to vote come this year, it will be interesting toobserve which course will the public take regarding the legalizationof the marijuana. Also what implications will the legalization havepolitically, will there be court appealing cases to reverse thedecision of the voters and on what appealing grounds will the caserely on regarding the outcomes of the votes in the various states.From the study, we can observe that the legalization of marijuanawill take place both on medical and recreational grounds come to thecasting of the vote later in the year.
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