Marijuana Legalization in The Carolinas is A Matter Of Fairness, Not Morality!

When I was walking around New York City recently, I couldn’t stop thinking about Julian Betton from Myrtle Beach. 2015 allegedly saw Betton selling an informant two little amounts of marijuana. A drug enforcement team stormed into his house as retaliation and opened fire with dozens of rounds, several of which struck him. When it was discovered that Betton had not fired a gun at all, the cops lied about having knocked before entering his flat and falsely claimed that he had fired the opening shot.

Although Betton was permanently crippled, he eventually got a multi-million dollar settlement. When my wife and I passed “Weed World” on our way to Times Square, a store providing a variety of marijuana options, including something called “Cannatonic,” it was the first thing I thought of. Times Square is home to one of the most famous cities in the world.

With titles like “Indoor Cannabis” and “CBD Boutique,” we noticed roughly six of these businesses. It jolted me. It was being sold over the counter to any qualified adult who wanted to partake when it led a group of police officers in the Myrtle Beach region to shoot a man almost fatally close. I am aware that other states have legalized the selling of marijuana, not just New York.

It’s growing into a significant industry, with sales of around $32 billion expected to reach $72 billion by 2030 from the $32 billion they made last year. More than 30 states, Washington, D.C., and 4 U.S. territories have legalized marijuana in some form, whether it be for adult recreational use or medical use only.

And I’m aware that the controversy surrounding the matter is not new, and that after Joe Biden was elected president, activists thought the federal government would cease treating those store owners like illicit drug dealers. Because that hasn’t happened, even though overall income is increasing enormously, it is still challenging to make a profit.

I support legalizing marijuana even though I’ve never used it and have no plans to do so anytime soon. Given what I witnessed drug and alcohol abuse do to the individuals I care about, I have largely abstained from alcohol consumption as well. But just as it was bad policy to outlaw the sale of alcohol, it was also bad policy to force the sale of marijuana underground.

This decision, which was based on prejudice and political opportunism, led to a bloody drug war that did not benefit this nation. Cops tasked with stopping the distribution of marijuana as well as competing gangs and dealers have lost too much blood. One of the worst government initiatives in American history is the war on drugs.

Nearly 60 percent of American adults believe that marijuana should be legal for both recreational and medical use, and another 30 percent support medical marijuana, indicating that the majority of the nation has arrived at that conclusion. But among the few states where marijuana is still prohibited, South Carolina and North Carolina are two.

There’s no good reason for that to continue to be the case, and there’s no reason for the federal government to keep treating it like an illegal narcotic despite Joe Biden’s decisions to sign legislation for medical marijuana research and pardon prisoners in the federal system who were charged with simple possession.

It’s more complicated than just a matter of justice, and it’s not a moral dilemma. The legalization of marijuana won’t change why I personally don’t consume it. It makes no sense whatsoever how things are right now. While New Yorkers with an entrepreneurial spirit attempt to develop successful enterprises selling the substance, those using the medication in the Carolinas shouldn’t have to worry about being paralyzed for life by armed state agents executing an unjust law.

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