The article entitled: “Continues to say yes to the use of marijuana. The New York Times now explains the problems that politicians face during legalizing the use of marijuana. The New York Times. Marijuana is mostly categorized as a medicine and many countries are forbidden for recreation (Chilkoti 1). However, with both Republicans and Democrats arguing that its use should be legalised to minimize the impacts of money laundry and prosperity of drug cartels, the topic of Marijuana has taken a skewed approach. Notably, the lawmakers who are in support of the decision represent states that constitute the Emerald circle where the drug is currently being grown in large scale. As such, Marijuana, as portrayed in the article is increasingly becoming a political issue (Chilkoti 1). The government and the legislators are in agreement that the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use is valid. However, some states have established legislation that tends to encourage its use amongst the adults. The Attorney General of the United is presently being accused is sabotaging the process of making the use and utilization of Marijuana legal despite the data that indicate that one-fifth of the entire population of the United States currently live in states that have legalized the use of Marijuana (Chilkoti 1). The author of the article quotes the democrat of Oregon in the article who asserts that the debate on the legalization of Marijuana is drive by the people who want to see the legalization process of Marijuana being effected. The contentment of the need to enhance the regulation on the use of Marijuana and the need to stop the black market trade of the drug is the sole reason why the legislators are of the opinion of legalizing its use across the United States. Such is done despite the call for the restriction of its use and legality of its consumption by the Trump administration.
The social issue regarding the issue of Marijuana use and legalization is in line with the sociological theory of social phenomenology. According to the theory, human behavior and the social interactions that an individual may have with the other members of the society is based on his or level of awareness (Layder 132). Awareness has a direct impact on the consciousness that one may develop to guide his or her interaction with the other people. Therefore, the stock of knowledge that people tend to acquire is the guide on how they behave and how they forge social interactions with the other members of the society. The three pillars of the theory include the action that one makes owing to the knowledge acquired, the situation in which finds him or herself in and the reality. The theory can be applied with the view of the human interaction as being necessary and deal with the laws and legislation formulated to guide the human behavior and conduct, creating the new social reality on what they can do and what they ought not to do (Layder 135). The social world that different people will then acquire is based on their knowledge of what is wrong, to mean legal, and what is wrong, in that, illegal, as a means and the basis of driving the ethical behavior of the societal members.
The relation of the theory and the article is tied up in the theoretical underpinning that the social interaction and behavior of societal members is premised on the weight of knowledge that they acquire. In the article, the author refers to the task force that has been up by Mr. Sessions with the view of establishing knowledge between the use of marijuana and the violent crimes within the United States of America. As such, what one may deduce from the article is that the creation of any laws within the United States has to be backed up by the proven knowledge to guide the determination of the threshold of the rules that are instituted. The conflict that is witnessed between Congress and the attorney general is based on conflicting information that they have and the different realities in which they live about the consumption of Marijuana. According to Mead, Marijuana is psychotic drug and categorized under the schedule 1 (33). That is, the drug is highly likely to be abused by the public, thus, the need not to legally authorize for its use amongst the members of the public. Notably, Marijuana has its positive and negative effects. Positively, it can be used in the field of medicine as medicine. However, socially, it is a drug that is easily abused and is known to be the lead motivation for the violent crimes that are reported within the United States of America. Therefore, there is need to use the knowledge of the pros and cons to guiding the bipartisan approach in formulating the legislation that governs the legality of Marijuana use. Additionally, the attorney general has to live in a reality that Marijuana contributes to money laundering as it does add to violent crimes despite its medical benefits. The truth would bring about ease in offering states legal framework through which they can legalize the use of Marijuana.
Chilkoti, Avantika. “States Keep Saying Yes to Marijuana Use. Now Comes the Federal No.” New York Times. July 15, 2017. Web.
Layder, Derek. Structure, Interaction and Social Theory (RLE Social Theory). Vol. 79. Routledge, 2014.
Mead, Alice. “The legal status of cannabis (marijuana) and cannabidiol (CBD) under US law.” Epilepsy & Behavior (2017).