The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution had put prohibition into place, making the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal in the United States. Passage of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919 quickly proved highly unpopular among the American people. Crime rates soared under Prohibition as gangsters made millions of dollars on illegal alcohol sales, and corruption was common among law enforcement agencies. As a result, alcohol prohibition was repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment in 1933. As we all know, alcohol is now sold in various stores on pretty much every corner throughout the country.
Having apparently not learned from the failures of alcohol prohibition, US lawmakers established marijuana prohibition under the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Despite over 60 years of marijuana prohibition, marijuana remains the third most popular recreational drug of choice in the United States. Calls for the reclassification of marijuana to remove it from its Schedule I status have been ignored; marijuana is put on the same level as harmful drugs such as heroin and ecstasy. Drugs that are still considered to be less harmful than marijuana according to the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration include cocaine and methamphetamine. While marijuana is allowed for medical patients in some states and low-level possession is decriminalized in others, marijuana is still considered to be completely illegal under federal law.
Many marijuana supporters argue that the drug is far less harmful than alcohol, and there are facts to back that up. This infographic compares alcohol vs. marijuana. After seeing statistics such as these, which only represent a few of the differences between marijuana and alcohol, which seems more harmful? Whether it be a political, religious, or personal agenda, there is an unfair stigma against marijuana that needs to be broken in the United States.
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