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Legalizing Marijuana
Ethics & Social Responsibility

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Marijuana is used for both recreational and medicinal uses. Medical marijuana is legal in
26 states currently. It is frowned upon by many because of stereotypes such as laziness, stupidity,
and a poor work ethics. The use of marijuana presents questions for both ethical problems and
ethical issues. Such as, is it a gateway to harder drugs? And as an individual is it within my
rights to choose whether or not to smoke marijuana?
Marijuana affects the nervous system and can be used to treat pain and give the user a
euphoria feeling. Unlike other pain reducing drugs it is not addictive. In fact more deaths are
caused each year by tobacco and alcohol than marijuana in the past ten. There are a couple bad
side effects such as poor motor performance, and impaired cognitive functioning. On the other
hand medical marijuana is used to treat cancer patients and AIDS patients for pain during
treatments. “In the conduct of human beings towards one another it is necessary that general
rules should for the most part be observed, in order that people may know what they have to
expect: but in each person’s own concerns his individual spontaneity is entitled to free exercise”
(Mill, 148)
Many have been against the use of marijuana and have stopped its legalization over the
years. And because the majority was against it in the past, prohibition of marijuana has never
really come up as a serious debate. “Public perception still has a large influence on the general
legalization of cannabis. Despite public understanding that marijuana does not turn users into
deranged and criminal outlaws, a Pew Research Center Report found the 50% of citizens
surveyed found smoking marijuana “morally wrong”. In the Pew study, of the 50% who
classified marijuana morally wrong, 74% of the respondents were 65 years old or older.

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Additional characteristics of this respondent group documented that 68% were white, evangelical
Christians; 66% attended church on a weekly basis; 65% prescribed to a conservative ideology as
well as identified themselves with the Republican Party” (Stolick 2009).
For the first time in American history a whopping 58% so far are in favor of legalizing
marijuana. That’s a huge difference form the 12% we saw back in 1969. “Young people make up
the bulk of support for legalization (67% aged 18 to 29 back it), but the number of people aged
65 or older who support legalization has gone up 14 percentage points since 2011, the Gallup
polls show. Independents, at 62%, have shown the biggest growth in support. 65% of Democrats
and 35% of Republicans now support legalization” (Gray, 2013). Personally I know both, young
adults over 21 that smoke, and 45-65 year old adults that use marijuana on a regular basis. In the
past couple of years it is amazing to me how many people are not afraid to come out and say that
they smoke marijuana and it’s their right to do so.
With marijuana rapidly gaining support we can see ethically that marijuana has become
accepted by a mix of classes and political sides. The new generation accepts smoking marijuana
readily because almost everyone has parents or has a friend that has or currently smokes
marijuana. But there are many stigmas in society that are associated with smoking marijuana
which we will cover further into the paper.
From a conservative point of view there are a few rules that would come with the
legalization of marijuana otherwise known as “pot” or “weed”. To start with, the benefits would
have to out way the cost or side effects of the drug. Speaking on terms to legalize pot for strictly
medical use, its uses have helped patients with nausea and vomiting among other symptoms. And

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Legalizing MarijuanaEthics & Social ResponsibilityMarijuana is used for both recreational and medicinal uses. Medical marijuana is legal in 26 states currently. It is frowned upon by many because of stereotypes such as laziness, stupidity, and a poor work ethics. The use of marijuana presents questions for both ethical problems and ethical issues. Such as, is it a gateway to harder drugs? And as an individual is it within my rights to choose whether or not to smoke marijuana?Marijuana affects the nervous system and can be used to treat pain and give the user a euphoria feeling. Unlike other pain reducing drugs it is not addictive. In fact more deaths are caused each year by tobacco and alcohol than marijuana in the past ten. There are a couple bad side effects such as poor motor performance, and impaired cognitive functioning. On the other hand medical marijuana is used to treat cancer patients and AIDS patients for pain during treatments. "In the conduct of human beings towards one another it is necessary that general rules should for the most part be observed, in order that people may know what they have to expect: but in each person's own concerns his individual spontaneity is entitled to free exercise" (Mill, 148) Many have been against the use of marijuana and have stopped its legalization over the years. And because the majority was against it in the past, prohibition of marijuana has never really come up as a serious debate. "Public percepti ...
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