An extremely controversial topic within todays society is the legalization of cannabis. Many people advocate that it can have positive effects on society, particularly within in the criminal justice system. Obviously, we can see some state legislatures starting to become more relaxing with the topic. Mexico has recently had serious debate and consideration regarding the legalization of marijuanna. However, it is not just Mexico that is debating the legalization of cannabis. California, among several others states have laws allowing the manufacturing of marijuanna for "medicinal" purposes. Although no U.S. states have tried to legal marijuanna for purposes other than "medicinal" it is still something people are advocating towards. Undoubtedly, this cannabis does get some to the general public on occassion. How would you feel about Illinois accepting legislature to allow the manufacturing of cannabis for medicinal purposes?
The video above shows a societal take on the legalization of cannabis. The video also suggests that legalizing cannabis would take a heavy burden off of the criminal justice system. Do you see any issues with people like "alex" from the video, using cannabis for personal usage? Do you feel there is already some type of acceptance with cannabis for people like "alex" who are evening or personal cannabis users. I believe we see acceptance within our judicial system as our law's have loosened regarding this topic. We see prosecutors weakening with cannabis users and this such as drug courts being established in leui of incarceration.
Since the "war on drugs" emerged in the 1970's the imprisonment rates have mutliplied nearly 5 times the amount. Many people advocate that legalizing cannabis for personal use would take the strain off of the criminal justice system and help to reduce the amount of people within prison. With the state of Illinois financial issues, do you feel that this could truely be an answer to some of the financial problems and overcrowding within our prison systems?
Although it seems like it could be a potential answer to some issues, I feel there are many more issues that would be affiliated with legalizing cannabis. As a criminal justice student and future police officer, I see many issues with the legalization of cannabis. Whether or not our citizens and police officers want to admit it, cannabis is becoming more socially and legally acceptable. We are seeing this by the societal acceptance noted within talking about cannabis and the increased number of citizens that do not have issues admitting their smoking habits. I feel that will legalizing cannabis, the next drug such as cocaine, will become socially acceptable as cannabis has. Also, I fear that large drug plantations will be formed to satifsy the needs of the users. With drug plantations I feel that violence will emerge due to payments or perhaps bad product.
If cannabis were to be legalized, how would we as future criminal justice professionals manage the usage of cannabis. What kind of legislature would have to be established for this be potentially occur? As a future criminal justice professional, how do you feel about this issue as a whole?