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Is Prohibition an Appropriate Standard Richard Dennis the author of Chemical Dependence Opposing Viewpoints says that The appropriate standard in deciding if a drug should be made legal for adults ought to be whether it is more likely than alcohol to cause harm to an innocent party If not banning it cannot be justified while alcohol remains legal By applying Denniss standard to the prohibition of marijuana in the United States the logical decision would be that it is unjustified to ban the use of marijuana This is due to the fact that alcohol-related crimes in the United States account for 54 percent of murders and attempted murders 68 percent of manslaughters 52 percent of rapesexual assaults and 48 percent of robberies FADAA consequently it can be concluded that alcohol is more likely than marijuana to cause harm to an innocent party Alcohol is still legal even though it is associated with an obscene amount of crime in the United States along with the fact that alcohol is the ingredient that causes thousands of car accidents Dennis therefore believes that this is enough justification to either legalize marijuana or prohibit the use of alcohol Is Richard Denniss standard for legalizing drugs appropriate to apply to the legalization of marijuana in the United States Denniss standard is formulated for the sake of drug debate This standard was devised to support the movement to legalize marijuana His view is that the government cannot have a rational argument against the legalization of marijuana when alcohol is legal This is due to the fact that alcohol is more detrimental to society than marijuana This is contradicting the laws of America The challenge is proving that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol If this is proven then does that mean that both drugs should be legalized or illegalized Than morality is then the issue The statement two wrongs dont make a right seems appropriate The fact is
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