The reasons why marijuana was banned in the U.S.
During the 19th century, the growing of cannabis plants was not regulated in the U.S. and marijuana could be found as a key ingredient in numerous medications.
It was not until the mid-1930’s that did research studies and the appearance of certain famed movies that associated anti-social behavior, crime and violence to the taking of marijuana. Bringing about a ban and the use of the drug.
Due to moral and health reasons there remain a ban on the use of marijuana
Now in the 21st there still remains, if not strict controls, but full bans on the use of the substance as there are still strong concerns over the various criminal and violent behavior that has been associated with the drug.
Thirteen U.S. States have already legalized the medicinal use of marijuana
In 2009 the Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the distributors of marijuana would only be targeted should they in any way violate the state laws and federal laws. Thus, stating that any state law in regard to the use or distribution of marijuana would not be overridden by that of the current administration. There is now a total of thirteen American states that have legalized and decriminalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Reasons for the legalization of marijuana
A Californian politician elaborated that marijuana is one of America’s top-selling agricultural products and that in California alone revenues from the sale of the product are over $13 billion. Tax revenues just for the state of California alone could top the $1 billion dollar mark a year.
An estimated $8 billion dollars in tax funds could be saved annually on what the government spends on the drug enforcement (such as the DIA and FBI) of the product if it were to be regulated and legalized.
As the world becomes more tolerant and grasps a better understanding of the effects of marijuana on health and society we are bound to see more states and countries starting to look into relaxing their policies and laws on marijuana.