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An Opposition to Decriminalization In todays rapidly changing modern world there is a growing need for individualism and self-liberation which is largely due to societys discontent with authoritative figures who conjur seemingly harsh laws However what is failed to be realized is that had these laws not been created there would be a vast array of problematic situations Such an example of this is the concept of marijuana decriminalization With many people illegally using marijuana in the sixties and seventies the question that arose was whether or not marijuana should be legalized Hawley 59 The result of these protests brought about what was dubbed the new Prohibition which made way for many laws to be passed that severely punished those who were connected with marijuana use These laws that are made to regulate society and its behavior are causing a great strain in the American public but it is obvious that the people need these laws to prevent a large drug problem from getting bigger Through research and analytical observation of the decriminalization concept I have based my findings on moral standings to arrive at the conclusion that legalizatin of marijuana would produce irreversable negative effects on society One of the reasons is that marijuana is beginning to take the place of alcohol by claiming itself as the new social drug of modern day society Smith 73 Also even if the government was to allow for decriminalization it would still be nearly impossible to eliminate all illegal marijuana for various reasons that will be further explained Yet the most negative aspect is that making marijuana legal will most likely result in its addition to other harmful legal drugs that cause physical and psychological problems It is my intention to argue that decriminalization is not the answer to societys drug problem and establish that doing so could be extremely harmful to the well being of our nation With so many problems being generated by already
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