The ethical issues of legalizing marijuana

But leaving the arena last year and becoming a recovering politician freed me of my electoral blinders, and allowed me to take a more critical look at the underlying issues.

The ethical issues of legalizing marijuana

This soon-to-be law introduces many societal discussions about this controversial topic, especially in regards to whether or not it is right to legalize marijuana. Works Cited Government of Canada. The creation of a legal, domestic marijuana industry -- fully regulated like alcohol to ensure a safe product and to prohibit sales to minors -- would cut off the financial lifeline that empowers gangs to disrupt our streets and threaten our southern border.

Federal law vs state law conflict

Although many states approve the medical uses of marijuana, it remains a schedule one drug which makes many individuals believe that it is highly addictive and unsafe to have access to. Share Marijuana legalization leads to ethical dilemmas for bar associations and attorneys A rare conflict between state and federal laws has caused bar associations in at least two states to become involved in trying to sort out the question of ethics vs. According to the study, blacks are 3. Some estimates calculate that cannabis is already the No. Is pot smoking okay? But leaving the arena last year and becoming a recovering politician freed me of my electoral blinders, and allowed me to take a more critical look at the underlying issues. A politically-influential cross-section of Americans, however, disagree. Recreational pot-smokers use marijuana in order to get high, that is, to induce in themselves the euphoria mentioned above. Through Utilitarianism, a teleological subtheorie, morality is determined by the outcome of the action. The loudest voices for reform usually come from the political margins: the "hippie" Far Left and the libertarian Far Right. Are the marijuana laws of Colorado and Washington just laws? In his initial comments, the WSBA Chief Disciplinary Counsel notes the conflict between an attorney's obligation to provide legal assistance in "conduct clearly in compliance with state laws," and the problem of violating federal law.

Another ethical issue regarding legalization of medical marijuana is that once it becomes legalized, more individuals will begin to use marijuana recreationally which may lead to further legalization of marijuana and widespread drug use.

But, "it is unethical for a lawyer to counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that violates federal law.

philosophical ethical arguments for or against drug legalization

If the behavior being taxed is good or morally neutral, then deriving tax money from it might be okay. Another social implication marijuana use has is altering brain development.

My patient, who had quit using addictive substances after a near-death experience, is back to smoking marijuana daily, along with his caregiver. It goes without saying that legalizing marijuana medicinally or recreationally will have social and ethical implications to consider.

These ethical and social implications are the foundation for the debates regarding legalization of this drug. In his initial comments, the WSBA Chief Disciplinary Counsel notes the conflict between an attorney's obligation to provide legal assistance in "conduct clearly in compliance with state laws," and the problem of violating federal law.

Moreover, Virtue Ethics centers on the character of a person. By legalizing marijuana, there is a chance of its growth in popularity which can result in an increase of cannabis smokers. Although many states approve the medical uses of marijuana, it remains a schedule one drug which makes many individuals believe that it is highly addictive and unsafe to have access to.

Why marijuanas should be legal article

Also, consuming cannabis reduces your sense and sagacity, therefore making you lose any moral judgement, resulting in a lack of wisdom. Millions of citizens undergoing chemotherapy have seizures, glaucoma, and muscle spasms could significantly have their life improved if they could use marijuana. That's why it's critical for any cannabis legalization regime to be strictly regulated, and that significant sums be set aside for drug treatment programs. Ethical Inquiry: July The Ethics of Legalizing Medical Marijuana Massachusetts recently became the 18th state in the country to adopt a medical marijuana statute. It goes without saying that legalizing marijuana medicinally or recreationally will have social and ethical implications to consider. Final Thoughts In recent years, the legal landscape in the United States regarding medical marijuana has shifted considerably, but the question of whether legalization is the right path is far from settled. Since human cognition is a precondition for making any choices, good or bad, to impair our cognition means impairing our ability to make choices. And by intoxication you lose what should be a full control of your mental and moral faculties. Studies have found a positive correlation with marijuana use and delinquent behavior in youth aged 12 to Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Better and more effective treatments are needed to overcome the side effects of cancer and its treatment. What complicates the issue further is that the Obama Administration has said unofficially that it will not prosecute attorneys who advise clients about marijuana-relates issues in states where it is legal, Goldsmith said. The most important ethical implication to consider in legalizing marijuana is the quality of life that will be affected if legalized. Many individuals champion their own ethical or religious reasons for supporting or opposing the use of medical marijuana.
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