A. Ethical vs. Moral
Now that the giant hurtle or legalization has been surpassed we face a moral and ethical responsibility. Just like alcohol and tobacco, these products are intended for adult use only. They should not be sold to minors under any circumstances. To avoid saturation in minors, authorized dispensaries are not allowed to conduct business within 100ft of any school, church or public parks. These rules are enforced in most states. The law is not a new one either; it had been implemented for bars and clubs for decades. Also the sale to pregnant women is thought to be un-ethical. Some may argue about the benefits for pregnancy but the reality is not such, yet. We have not been ...view middle of the document...
People had poured their entire lives saving into opening legit businesses, only to be shut down and seized by the U.S. government. How can they do that if it is legal? Simple, it is legal on a state level and not at the federal level. The DEA and TFA are both federal agencies and where conducting under the federal law witch still had cannabis as a “schedule 1” drug. This has since been solved by a business model called vertical integration. This causes dispensaries to serial number all plants from seed to sale and to grow over 70% of the cannabis they sell. Exceptions being extracts and edibles witch need to be in a controlled environment to be made.
Although many of the states admit to cannabis being a very lucrative cash crop the federal government wants nothing to do with this. In the year 2010 there were 86 marijuana arrest made per hour. In the year 2010 the cost of an inmate for one year in 78,000$, you do the math. It is costing us and exorbitant amount and yet the federal government does not want to reform a law that is being proven wrong every day.
Research has shown the prohibition of marijuana has done more harm than good. Millions of our tax dollars thrown away into a prison system trying to correct something that’s not broken. The great founders and thinkers of this great nation have spoken about cannabis and its benefits to our world. People such as Gorge Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, just to name a few, were cannabis users. If we know this, why do we keep our eyes closed to the truth? Marijuana prohibition is no more than a white vale to keep us from seeing the potentials of a single plant. I am not talking about smoking; I am talking about clothing, fuel, jobs, tax dollars, tourism and many more benefits witch we can exploit from a single plant. A 16 billion dollars a year industry that we willingly ignore while we sit in our resection, watching the government takes everything. The cannabis culture lives in eternal discrimination. This has led to a weak battle against the operation, simply because the community is scared of unfair treatment. In conclusion, call them stoners, pot-heads, reefer freaks, junkies or what you will. The reality still stands; legalization will be embraced by many and rejected by those unable to see the bigger picture of how legalization can help improve the economy for the U.S.A.
I. Addendum: Cultural Evaluation
A. History of cannabis in India
“Cannabis has a long history in India, veiled in legends and religion. The earliest mention of cannabis has been found in The Vedas, or sacred Hindu texts. These writings may have been compiled as early as 2000 to 1400 B.C. According to The Vedas, cannabis was one of five sacred plants and a guardian angel lived in its leaves. The Vedas call cannabis a source of happiness, joy-giver, liberator that was compassionately given to humans to help us attain delight and lose fear (Abel, 1980)....