As of now, the marijuana legalization movement is rather strong. Four states and the District of Columbia have already legalized recreational cannabis use; more states will be voting this fall. The notion of making marijuana legalization federal is becoming stronger with each passing day. It may seem that nothing can stop the movement now, but some things remain unchanged—people are still using the same arguments against the further development of the industry.
Unlike some years ago, when the movement to legalize marijuana have only started, now the supporters of prohibition have caught up, have active leaders and are armed with sophisticated arguments. Today, their discourse is even stronger than before; their programs new and more profound. Their arguments are mostly directed at providing undecided voters with an excuse to be cautious.
There is a set of main “facts” that prohibition activists actively use to create a new social picture of cannabis as a dangerous drug. Some of the most popular of them are the following.
What the legalization movement activists have to understand is that one of their most important concerns is the representation of cannabis in media and the public opinion. To win this “war”, we have to point out the weak spots in these arguments based on scientific research that proves the countless benefits of marijuana.
Besides, the future of the marijuana market is a point that the prohibition advocates miss from their campaign simply assuming that the current market is better than what we will have after the legalization. However, a regulated market may eliminate all the problems that we have today.