Views on Marijuana and Legalization

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When I looked up the topic of marijuana legalization on several indexes of editorials online, I found many interesting sources, including: “Arresting the Drug Laws”, by David Silverberg (2005, p.33), “Limited victory for medical cannabis”, by Andy Coghlan (2003, p.13), and “What Do Student Drug Use Surveys Really Mean?”, by Mike A. Males (2005, pp.31-33). In, “Arresting the Drug Laws”, David Silverberg (2005, p.33) talks about an organization called LEAP, or Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. He starts off by mentioning that the group was established three years ago by two ex-cops, and has since grown to over 2,000 members. He also informs the reader that LEAP only consists of individuals with a background in law, such as prison wardens, judges, mayors, and police officers (p.33). Silverberg gives the viewpoints of several members of the organization; Jack Cole, co-founder, says that if marijuana were legalized, “Organized criminals and world terrorists would be monetarily crippled for many years to come.” Bob Owens, a former police chief, makes the analogy that the war on drugs is, “a strawman that can distract people and stir the hysteria that accompanies it. (p.33)” The author then goes on to say that LEAP predicts a $2 billion yearly profit from the taxation of marijuana if it were sold legally. He also points out that if marijuana was controlled by the government, users would know that the product would not be accompanied by any of the dangerous additives used on the streets (p.33). Silverberg concludes with a quote by Howard Woolridge, another member of LEAP, who says that, “Eighty percent of Americans say legalize and tax it today,” and that, “We’re losing focus on public safety as law enforcement chases Willie Nelson and Willie Nelson’s supplier (p.33).” In contrast, Andy Coghlan (2003, p. 13) discusses the, “Limited victory for medical…...

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