Letters: should marijuana be legal? | Opinion






With Monday’s Question of the Week, we asked readers if marijuana should be legalized, and if so, for what uses. Here are some of the responses we received.

living proof

I believe that marijuana should indeed be legalized in Tennessee.

Legalization should include the use of marijuana for medical purposes, as this natural plant has been tested and retested hundreds, if not thousands of times by scientific organizations around the world, over the past 50 years at least. And 98% of tests have shown it to be safe and effective for countless medical conditions.

Over 65% of Tennessee residents said they believe marijuana should be legal for all uses.

Marijuana should definitely be decriminalized. A marijuana user is no more dangerous than people who drink alcohol. In fact, users have been proven to be much less likely to be involved in car accidents than alcohol drinkers.

As for the recreational use of marijuana, this should be fully permitted using the same guidelines as people who drink alcohol.

And your last question if marijuana was legal, would I use it? YES pure and simple! I’m 70 and drank and got drunk when I was younger. I also smoked marijuana occasionally whenever I had it.

I am also proof that it helps with several different health issues that I have had for years. Also, the doctor I had been seeing for over 15 years, who retired last year, told me repeatedly that if marijuana was legal in Tennessee, not only would he help me get it legally, but he would also smoke it himself for his physical needs. problems.

If anyone wants to drink, that’s their right, but I sincerely believe that marijuana should be approved for medicinal and recreational use. The added bonus would be the job positions and the incredibly high amount of taxes the state would get from the sales.

LARRY W. GILBERT SR.

Town of Johnson

Prohibition harms communities

Although the majority of Americans approve of adult access to cannabis, federal authorities have yet to repeal prohibition on marijuana. It is therefore incumbent on state legislators to pass fair cannabis legislation, setting precedents that Congress can perhaps learn from.

By asking the question “If [marijuana] is legal, would you use it? ignores this central fact: the use and possession of marijuana will persist regardless of changes in its legal status. By regulating the adult cannabis market, states have the opportunity to prevent illicit market operators from taking advantage of cannabis prohibition and funneling untested products into our communities. People who use cannabis will continue to do so. They deserve safe, state-sanctioned access to a legal, regulated product.

The benefits of regulated access to marijuana are countless. Although research into the medicinal properties of marijuana remains limited by the Controlled Substances Act, the evidence for the plant’s therapeutic benefits is compelling, especially when compared to easily accessible harmful pharmaceutical drugs. State-level marijuana legalization laws are associated with lower rates of opioid abuse and death, are not found to be detrimental to workplace or motor vehicle safety, and do not lead to an increase in consumption among minors.

As a Southerner, I have witnessed the harms of the War on Drugs, especially against communities of color and among those living in poverty. Marijuana legalization should always coexist with efforts to address the disproportionately harmful effects of prohibition on black and brown Americans. Successful legislation will address these realities and provide solutions by facilitating automatic expungement of criminal records and promoting social equity in the cannabis industry. We must work to make legalization as restorative as possible.

Should marijuana be legal? Absolutely – both medically and recreationally. Voters have made their voices heard, and it’s time for elected officials in Tennessee and beyond to listen.

AUDREY MATTHEWS-FIELDS

Lexington, Ky.

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