Legalization of Marijuana: A Long debated issue in United States

The question of legalization of Marijuana is highly debatable, especially in the United States. The number of citizens favoring the legalization of marijuana has increased tremendously over the last few years. There are many reports that suggest a widespread usage of Marijuana in American Society among citizens belonging to all age groups, especially teenagers.


In 2013 alone, there were about 3.6 million citizens who were consuming marijuana on the daily basis or near daily basis. A lot of experts suggest that the craving for this illicit drug is extremely high in individuals born after 1960. According to a report, more than one out of every two citizens of America has tried marijuana at least once before reaching the age of 21. Some of them use it regularly and are addicted to it. Thus Federal Laws of United States have not allowed any relaxation on the usage of Marijuana in the society. However, some states allow usage of marijuana for medical purposes, recreational purposes as well at medical purposes.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19:  Dave Warden, a bud tender at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, displays various types of marijuana available to patients on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Attorney General Eric Holder announced new guidelines today for federal prosecutors in states where the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is allowed under state law. Federal prosecutors will no longer trump the state with raids on the southern California dispensaries as they had been doing, but Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley recently began a crackdown campaign that will include raids against the facilities. Cooley maintains that virtually all marijuana dispensaries are in violation of the law because they profit from their product. The city of LA has been slow to come to agreement on how to regulate its 800 to 1,000 dispensaries. Californians voted to allow sick people with referrals from doctors to consume cannabis with the passage of state ballot Proposition 215 in 1996 and a total of 14 states now allow the medicinal use of marijuana. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The figures of marijuana users in a developed state like the United States are staggering. More than 35 million peoples in America were ready to accept the fact that they had taken marijuana. People are pushing hard to legalize usage of marijuana in their states. If you have any confusion about which states have legalized marijuana, there are only four states so far to have accepted or adopted this change while the federal government continues to oppose the usage of marijuana in any form. The rules and policies of every state on the legalization of marijuana differ significantly from the federal government remains stringent over restricting legalization of marijuana. Colorado, Washington DC, Oregon and Alaska have already won their battle to make marijuana legal while 20 other states allow marijuana to be prescribed and used as a medicine.


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