Legalizing Marijuana

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In the 1960s, marijuana was a symbol of protest, and the legal system's response to its influence pitted one generation against another. Years later, public officials seek to maintain public support for the current policy of marijuana prohibition, even though many Americans believe the dangers of marijuana have been exaggerated. Those who contend that stringent marijuana laws do more harm than good urge lawmakers to follow the lead of countries that have adopted more liberal marijuana policies. Legalizing ...

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Overview

In the 1960s, marijuana was a symbol of protest, and the legal system's response to its influence pitted one generation against another. Years later, public officials seek to maintain public support for the current policy of marijuana prohibition, even though many Americans believe the dangers of marijuana have been exaggerated. Those who contend that stringent marijuana laws do more harm than good urge lawmakers to follow the lead of countries that have adopted more liberal marijuana policies. Legalizing Marijuana, Second Edition explores the complex issues in this emotional debate that places two deeply held values-an individual's right to be left alone and the government's interest in protecting its citizens from harm-against one another.

Each book in the Point/Counterpoint series offers all the statutes, legal opinions, and studies a student needs to structure a cohesive argument on a given controversial topic. Issues are presented from multiple points of view; sidebars cite laws, opinions, and court cases to aid in critical analysis; appendices help students conduct legal research; and all sources are fully documented.

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Foreword 6

Introduction: Marijuana and Prohibition 11

Point: Government Should Protect People from Marijuana 27

Counterpoint: Marijuana Does Not Cause Serious Harm 40

Point: Marijuana Should Remain Illegal 54

Counterpoint: Enforcing Marijuana Prohibition Is Destructive and Wasteful 68

Point: Relaxing Marijuana Laws Would Cause Serious Problems 83

Counterpoint: Regulating Marijuana Is Wiser Than Prohibiting It 96

Conclusion: The Future of Marijuana Policy 109

Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 123

Elements of the Argument 126

Notes 129

Resources 133

Picture Credits 136

Index 137

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