Marijuana Legalization Finds Acceptance From Refreshing Circumstances


The legalization of marijuana is spreading throughout the United States under unique conditions. In spite of the war on drugs, there has been an increasing amount of support for the legalization of cannabis in the United States. Supporters of legalization fight hard and make excellent points, and as a result, more people in the U.S. have legal access to the substance. There is a catch though, and there are reasons involved that many people may not have even thought of. In the states of Texas and Alabama, support for the distribution of marijuana oils under specific conditions is strong. In other states such as New York, refreshing arguments are being brought into the spotlight. Rural residents are thrilled at the idea of growing marijuana farms, because these farms will preserve rural characteristics and keep areas from suburbanizing.

Texas governor Greg Abbott is known to hold conservative views, but he has signed a bill to legalize low doses of cannabis oil. The oil is for use strictly for epilepsy patients. Otherwise, Abbott has confirmed that marijuana will not be legalized for medicinal or recreational uses as long as he is in office. Still, supporters of legalization see the move as a way of Texas getting its foot in the door on the path to legalizing more forms of the drug.

In Alabama, State Representative Pam DeLissio received a unanimous vote in a town council meeting in support of legalizing medical marijuana. DeLissio discussed Senate Bill 3, which defines medical cannabis as plants that contain THC, cannabinol, delta-9-THC acid, and any part of the cannabis plant or oil that is extracted for medicinal purposes. The bill also discusses pills, gels, liquids, oils, and other substances that can serve as the vessel through which cannabis can be medically utilized. The substance cannot be smoked though. The bill passed through the Senate rather quickly, and DeLissio hopes that it can get through the House.

DeLissio herself, who is on the agricultural committee supports the permission of farmers to grow hemp. Constituents at the town hall meeting agreed that hemp is a useful plant when it comes to producing products such as paper and rope. The contribution that hemp could provide to the nation’s industry is just another unique reason that supporters of legalization have under their belt.

When Eric Holling approached Wallkill resident Don Crawford and announced his plan to grow marijuana next to Crawford’s land, Crawford was thrilled. Wallkill, New York holds about 30,000 residents who value the features of their rural land. The idea of the suburbs spreading into Wallkill does not make its residents happy. If Holling manages to obtain one of the five licenses to grow and distribute cannabis in New York, than he can manage to maintain an industry, provide jobs and preserve the open space in Wallkill. “Its better than a bunch of houses” said Crawford. Not only has a refreshing new argument for the legalization of marijuana been made, but an interesting phenomenon has to be noted here. Residents of rural areas now have a reason of their own to support the legalization of marijuana because the industry will preserve their land. In many cases, when an industry thrives, urbanization and suburbanized housing follows that industry. But because marijuana has to be grown, the industry can actually prevent the suburbanization areas like Wallkill.

Although marijuana developed a negative reputation in the 20th century, the benefits of legalizing it have been brought under the spotlight in the twenty-first century. The debate between legalizing the substance and keeping it outlawed has been ongoing with the same arguments being repeated. The arguments made in favor of legalizing marijuana are that the economy will benefit from the market, less people will be criminally penalized if it is legal, and its medical benefits will help sick patients. Slowly, but surely, the populace and lawmakers are becoming more accepting of the idea of legalization, and are finding ways to legalize certain forms of it. Unique and strong arguments are being made in favor of legalization, and in turn, more states in the U.S. have legalized some form of cannabis.

By Tania Dawood


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3 Responses to "Marijuana Legalization Finds Acceptance From Refreshing Circumstances"

  1. james   June 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Brian Kelly,I could not have said it any Better.You my friend have my Vote.Even Now my liver is so bad because of Alcohol.That I regret.But there is a very good organic Medicine Marijuana.They have known it for yrs?So why didn’t they make it Legal.?I don’t think I have to say why.we both know why.Legalize Marijuana initiative!Let some good come out of all those yrs that we could have cured people with less side effects.

  2. Brian Kelly   June 2, 2015 at 10:45 am

    In the prohibitionist’s world, anybody who consumes the slightest amount of marijuana responsibly in the privacy of their own homes are “stoners” and “dopers” that need to be incarcerated in order to to protect society.

    In their world, any marijuana use equates to marijuana abuse, and it is their God given duty to worry about “saving us all” from the “evils” of marijuana use.

    Who are they to tell us we can’t choose marijuana, the safer choice instead of alcohol for relaxation, after a long, hard day, in the privacy of our own homes?

    People who use marijuana are smart, honest, hard working, educated, and successful people too, who “follow the law” also.(except for their marijuana consumption under it’s current prohibition of course) .

    Not the stereotypical live at home losers prohibitionists make us out to be. We are doctors, lawyers, professors, movie stars, and politicians too.

    Several Presidents of The United States themselves, along with Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, and Carl Sagan have all confessed to their marijuana use. As have a long and extensive list of successful people throughout history at one point or other in their lives.

    Although that doesn’t mean a dam thing to people who will make comments like “dopers” and “stoners” about anybody who uses the slightest amount of Marijuana although it is way safer than alcohol.

    To these people any use equals abuse, and that is really ignorant and full of hypocrisy. While our society promotes, advertises, and even glorifies alcohol consumption like it’s an All American pastime.

    There is nothing worse about relaxing with a little marijuana after a long hard day than having a drink or two of alcohol.

    So come off those high horses of yours. Who are you to dictate to the rest of society that we can’t enjoy Marijuana, the safer choice over alcohol, in the privacy of our own homes?

    We’ve worked real hard our whole lives to provide for our loved ones. We don’t appreciate prohibitionists trying to impose their will and morals upon us all.

    Has a marijuana user ever forced you to use it? Probably not. So nobody has the right to force us not to either.

    Don’t try to impose your morality and “clean living” upon all of us with Draconian Marijuana Laws, and we won’t think you’re such prohibitionist hypocrites.

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

  3. Brian Kelly   June 2, 2015 at 10:44 am

    The “War on Marijuana” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions more of our tax dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is much safer to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    Even The President of the United States has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in prison today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record.Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less marijuana “crimes” because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!


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