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The War of Personal Freedom Since 1937 the possession sale and use of marijuana in the United States of America has been illegal Ratified after only ninety seconds of floor debate in the House of Representatives the bill that criminalized marijuana was based mostly on unfounded myths and exaggerated rumors Stroup For the first time the United States government was violating Americans personal freedoms Despite being illegal for nearly sixty years more and more Americans are using the drug for either recreational or medicinal purposes To curtail this rise in use the government has stepped up its war on drugs which has done little to reduce the popularity of marijuana What it has managed to accomplish however is incarcerate millions of non-violent responsible Americans who have committed no crime deserving of imprisonment What the United States government needs to do is realize that marijuana is here to stay and prohibition is not the answer People have personal freedoms the right to do whatever they want to The use of marijuana in a controlled situation by responsible consenting adults should be legalized and decriminalized This would allow consenting adults to use it for recreational or medicinal purposes allow for the development of new hemp based industries free up all ready over-crowed jails by releasing those jailed for most marijuana convictions and protect Americans personal freedom First decriminalization needs to be explained Decriminalization allows for the legalization of use possession and growth of marijuana Only adults would be allowed to buy marijuana the same way cigarettes and alcohol are regulated Legal use of the drug would be limited by a set of guidelines developed by NORML the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Dubbed the Principles of Responsible Cannabis Use this document contains what the organization considers acceptable use of marijuana and is based on five principals The first principal is only adults will be given the option to use buy or sell marijuana
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