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Marijuana Article Rhetorical Analysis. Why I Support Legal Marijuana, by George Soros

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"Why I Support Legal Marijuana," by George Soros, a prominent international supporter of democratic ideals, believes marijuana should be legalized. It would put less strain on the police force, and save a lot of money (par. 3). Marijuana is a very easy to obtain illegally anyway, so keeping marijuana illegal has very little effect on marijuana prevention. Mr. Soros believes that the most effective way of keeping people away from drugs is effective drug education (par. 8). He is primarily liberal, which is probably one of the reasons why he is so open minded towards the situation. The article argues that marijuana should be legalized. It states that there would be less crime, wasted money, wasted resources, and lives ruined because of a criminal record. Legalizing marijuana will break up Mexican monopolies on marijuana by allowing small quantities of marijuana to be cultivated locally and used recreationally (par. 6). Mr. Soros says that marijuana is already extremely easy for young people to obtain, even more so than alcohol, so the most effective way to prevent drug use is effective drug education (par. 8). Laws against marijuana were first enacted in acts of prejudice because Mexicans first brought marijuana to the United States (par. ...read more.


9) California will "lead the nation" into a fair position since California was the "first state to legalize" marijuana's medical use. Works Cited Soros, George. "Why I Support Legal Marijuana." Wall Street Journal. 26 Oct 2010: A. 17. SIRS Researcher. Web. 02 Oct 2011. Wall Street Journal Oct 26, 2010, p. A.17 Copyright (c) 2010 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Reproduced with permission of copyright owner. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission. All rights reserved. Why I Support Legal Marijuana By George Soros Our marijuana laws are clearly doing more harm than good. The criminalization of marijuana did not prevent marijuana from becoming the most widely used illegal substance in the United States and many other countries.But it did result in extensive costs and negative consequences. Law enforcement agencies today spend many billions of taxpayer dollars annually trying to enforce this unenforceable prohibition. The roughly 750,000 arrests they make each year for possession of small amounts of marijuana represent more than 40% of all drug arrests. Regulating and taxing marijuana would simultaneously save taxpayers billions of dollars in enforcement and incarceration costs, while providing many billions of dollars in revenue annually. It also would reduce the crime, violence and corruption associated with drug markets, and the violations of civil liberties and human rights that occur when large numbers of otherwise law-abiding citizens are subject to arrest. ...read more.


Legalizing marijuana may make it easier for adults to buy marijuana, but it can hardly make it any more accessible to young people. I'd much rather invest in effective education than ineffective arrest and incarceration. California's Proposition 19, which would legalize the recreational use and small-scale cultivation of marijuana, wouldn't solve all the problems connected with the drug. But it would represent a major step forward, and its deficiencies can be corrected on the basis of experience. Just as the process of repealing national alcohol prohibition began with individual states repealing their own prohibition laws, so individual states must now take the initiative with respect to repealing marijuana prohibition laws. And just as California provided national leadership in 1996 by becoming the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana, so it has an opportunity once again to lead the nation. In many respects, of course, Proposition 19 already is a winner no matter what happens on Election Day. The mere fact of its being on the ballot has elevated and legitimized public discourse about marijuana and marijuana policy in ways I could not have imagined a year ago. These are the reasons I have decided to support Proposition 19 and invite others to do so. Mr. Soros is chairman of Soros Fund Management and founder of the Open Society Foundations. ...read more.

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