Although heavy doses of marijuana have detrimental effects on the mind and body, one cannot pass laws against it and ban medical marijuana for the foolish activities carried out by people. Marijuana prohibition further boosts up the black market, increases marijuana cannabis criminalization and fetches money to users indirectly. People use marijuana irrespective of it being legal or illegal. Therefore, the prohibitory laws have remained unsuccessful in exercising complete ban on use of marijuana. The trade can be controlled by general citizens who are aware of the regulations instead being handled by outrageous criminal gangs. The fact that medical marijuana generates a huge tax for Michigan should not be the sole reason behind its legalization.
Marijuana, if remains illegal will only accelerate growth of black market and the entire business will go in the hands of criminals. There is a sheer unawareness among buyers about the quality of the product and it is also uncertain in whose hands the products go finally. The money criminals make from this illegal business is huge and they do not pay tax either. If this scenario is brought to the light, then people will at least get a hint on what is actually going on and who are actually puffing it out. In short, the consequences of marijuana prohibition are expansion of the black market and adulteration of the weed.
On the other hand, licensing of marijuana cannabis would allow dealers to sell marijuana cannabis freely and ensure that the product is pure and meets the quality parameters. In this context, sixteen states including Michigan and Columbia district has allowed use of medical marijuana. Many other states have decriminalized it for non-medical purposes as well. The penalty in states where it is nominally illegal has been minimized wherein imprisonment has been replaced by civil fines and prosecution is of low priority. An article published in the British journal, ‘The Lancet’, has also stated that marijuana is not a deadly drug and it does not contribute to mortality. The effects are also a way less dramatic and harmful than cocaine and amphetamines.
Therefore, it is the time to reform the stringent laws on prohibition of marijuana cannabis and take a step forward to establish a new approach that will encourage people to use marijuana legally and for the better. And this message for moving towards a sane marijuana policy must spread entirely in America.