Let States Decide: Remove Federal Ban on Marijuana

Marijuana

Target: U.S. Department of Justice

Goal: To shift the issue of marijuana legalization to the states and remove federal government intervention in this area.

The issue of legalizing marijuana has been a huge topic of discussion for a very long time. Currently, the federal government has control over enforcing the war on drugs which has been very costly both in terms of finances and people’s lives. The question at hand here should not really be whether or not marijuana should be legal, rather the question should focus on whether this should be a state or national issue. If the United States wants to adhere to the Constitution, then the legalization of marijuana should be up to the states and the federal government should stay out of the decision.

If the question of legalization was brought to the states, then the people would have more of a voice in what they would like to live with—they would have more freedom within the country that used to be built on civil liberties. It is interesting that the Unites States allows freedom of religion and the federal government is not allowed to question an individual’s spiritual thoughts, but when it comes to personal habits the federal government feels that it has the Constitutional right to intervene and punish individuals for what it deems as a crime.

As long as people are not causing harm to others around them, then they have to right to practice personal choice without the government telling them what to do. Therefore, the issue of the legalization of drugs—marijuana in particular since it has become such a popular and controversial topic—needs to be left to the states where the people can vote on whether they want their state government regulating their choices or not.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Department of Justice,

The Drug Enforcement Administration has no place as a duty for the U.S. federal government. If the United States wishes to strictly follow the Constitution that our founders set up for us, then we would leave the issue of drugs to the states. The people of the Unites States deserve the liberties that this country promises; this does not include being criminalized for practicing controversial personal habits.

The DEA and the War on Drugs are much too expensive and it is inappropriate for the federal government to be involved in the issue of drug use in the first place. Please return this responsibility to the states.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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