Retaining the focus and the spirit of the acclaimed First Edition, The Drug Legalization Debate, Second Edition, addresses the major issues involved in the continuing drug legalization debate - including deterrence, treatment, education, and prevention. It also examines drug use trends at the end of the millennium, the use of cannabis as a wonder drug and a look at whether legalizing drugs would really reduce violent crime.
Chapter 4: The Marijuana Legalization Debate: Is There a Middle Ground?
The Marijuana Legalization Debate: Is There a Middle Ground?
The legalization debate today is very different from when it began with the hearings for the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 that effectively made it illegal through high taxation. In the 17 years prior to the Act, only seven articles were listed in the Reader's Guide to Periodic Literature and the main concerns expressed at the time were [Page 76]that (1) farmers would be inconvenienced by having to kill a plant that grew wild in many parts of the country, (2) domestic hemp industries would be damaged, (3) paint and varnish companies would have to find a new source of oil (then obtained from hemp seeds), and ...