New Pro and Con Research in Marijuana Debate – Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?

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Recreational marijuana debate

Following California’s Jan. 1, 2018 implementation of legal recreational marijuana sales, ProCon.org, the nation’s leading source for unbiased presentations on controversial topics, has published new nonpartisan research on the debate over whether recreational marijuana should be legal.

The new website, available at https://marijuana.procon.org, presents sourced pro and con arguments, expert quotes, state laws, and an extensive historical background.

Kamy Akhavan, CEO of ProCon.org, said: “Our new website on recreational marijuana marks the organization’s 56th issue explored. It took 5 months, 250 sources, and 750 hours to create this free, nonpartisan resource for our readers.”

In addition to fully sourced pro and con arguments, ProCon.org’s marijuana website shows position statements in response to the question “Should recreational marijuana be legal?” from prominent individuals and organizations including: Senator Cory Booker (pro), Nora D. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (con), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (pro), United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions (con), Jesse Ventura, former Governor of Minnesota (pro), and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (con).

The recreational marijuana website also features a video gallery, a state guide to legal marijuana possession and cultivation limits, and Did You Know? facts including:

  • A 2017 Gallup poll found a record-high 64% support for legalizing marijuana, up from 12% in 1969, the first year the polling company asked about marijuana.
  • Marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington has cost Mexican drug cartels an estimated $2.7 billion in profits.
  • 68% of marijuana users report daily or near-daily use.

Akhavan explained that “Nine states have legalized marijuana. More than 100 million Americans have used it at some point in their lives. We know it has risks and is illegal at the federal level. So what should we do? Support existing enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws? Allow for states to make their own marijuana policies, including perhaps legalization? Legalize at the federal level? Our unbiased exploration helps people and state governments make those decisions for themselves with the best available research.”