Student View: Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana is, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the third most abused drug in America today right behind tobacco and alcohol.
While two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized the recreational use of the cannabis drug, the other 48 states have yet to remove it from the ranks of prohibited drugs such as cocaine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and phencyclidine (PCP).
Since Jan. 1 when the purchase of marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado, students have begun talking about the merits of Missouri legalizing the drug. Here are the variety of responses to the question: “How do you feel about the legalization of Marijuana?”
“I feel like marijuana should be legalized in all states and that we should have it be a federal law just because of the practicality of it because the two states that have legalized it so far have been doing a pretty good job of it, and I think that we can take their lead as the example and make it just legal across the United States and then it would benefit everybody.“ - Senior Alicia Hoagenson
“I support marijuana legalization because it has its medical uses.“ – Junior Steven Daugherty
“I feel that drugs are bad so that the legalization of marijuana would have a negative impact on people.“ - Sophomore Ferris Dweik
“I think it’s probably in the best interest of America not just for stoners, but it has a lot of benefits to it such as hemp and whatnot.“ - Freshman Drew Webber
By Sam Mitten