#OPINION On March 31, Governor Cuomo signed legislation legalizing the use of recreational marijuana for adults in New York State. While I have never used marijuana, I fully support the legalization of it for several reasons.
Music thumping, bodies sweating, people vomiting – this is a familiar scene to most college students. The drug-fueled party is a fixture in almost every American college. At these events, the real life of the party is alcohol, derived from Arabic al-kuhul, the definitive social lubricant, a drug as ancient as civilization itself.
Fortunately, it appears that the negative connotations about “Reefer Madness” have begun to subside. A Gallup research poll from 2010 found that a record high 50% of Americans are in favor of legalizing the substance. An even more recent Gallup poll found that even the people who aren’t in favor of legalizing the substance are in favor of a federal laissez-faire attitude towards the states who have begun the legalization process.