Why is Weed illegal and Alcohol legal?
Marijuana weed and alcohol do not show same effects on the body. Alcohol when taken in large quantities might cause brain damage and will further lead to death due to poisoning. But, extensive lung damage due to marijuana usage was not reported till now unlike in the case of tobacco use. Moderate alcohol consumption was suggested to be good for health than being away totally from alcohol or addicted to alcohol. Marijuana can be grown by everyone and hence it would not exist in the market as commodity if it is legalized. So, marijuana was made illegal. It is really absurd to see that marijuana is illegal and alcohol is legal when both of them can cause harm to the human body.
Marijuana was made illegal due to few reasons. Marijuana was understood to be more addictive while alcohol is still more addictive. Due to its addictive nature, marijuana is made illegal. Marijuana also does not seem to have any use in medicine. The medical use of this drug is not accepted by the government. The link of marijuana with narcotics was not considered. Narcotic drugs according to the federal act were opium derivatives like heroin and morphine. Marijuana was classified under abnormal recreational drugs and is called as gateway drugÃ¢â‚¬. This weed was thought to be used by criminals in the society and hence was considered to be associated with lifestyles that are unfashionable. This drug was possessed by oppressed ethnic groups. Marijuana though was not that bad drug to be causing many hazards more than alcohol or heroin or cocaine, its ban has made the public to avoid it completely. Anything that is banned for short period will not completely disappear from the market. If it is banned for longer period then even long before the substance is taken away or removed from the literature or books, it will be totally avoided by the public.
Advocates who are really fighting for legalization of marijuana are not given prominence for their arguments. They say that marijuana is not a dangerous drug than alcohol. But, still the law is enforcing imprisonment for those who are consuming marijuana. This is probably due to some industries which may include alcohol industry too which are de-popularizing marijuana.