The Legalization of Marijuana

Discusses the arguments for and against the legalization of marijuana and industrial hemp.

Debate continues on the subject of whether marijuana and industrial hemp ought to be legalized in the United States. This paper results from an exploration of approaches to the question which has reached the point in public debate where factions tend to be divided into those in favour of legalization and those absolutely opposed to marijuana’s legalization. At the present time, the arguments in favour of legalization do appear more reasoned and in accordance with several now longstanding arguments which have been put forward pertaining to both the effects of legalization and the overall safety of marijuana as a drug for public consumption.