Marijuana in El Salvador

Marijuana in El Salvador. Should it be made legal or not?

Marijuana in El Salvador. Should it be legalized? This is a hard question to answer as you have plenty of arguments for it and against it. Surely, cannabis for medicinal purposes is the priority; whereas, marijuana for recreational purposes is a secondary matter.

There is no question that cannabis for medicinal purposes can help individuals with some health conditions. Experts believe that the use of this item might not cure the individual; nevertheless, it can help manage the effects of medicine and the disease.

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Marijuana for recreational purposes is an entirely different issue; it is more a matter of I want it instead of I need it. The use of marijuana for recreational purposes is a personal matter; I have an opinion on the subject, but I a going to keep it to myself.

If you ask Salvadorans about Marijuana legalization, everyone will have an opinion on the subject. Unquestionably, there are plenty of good arguments for legalizing it. Nonetheless, there are many good opinions about keeping marijuana as an illegal substance.

The opinions on legalizing marijuana in El Salvador are many. But, they help answer the question about if marijuana should be legalized in the country.


Marijuana in El Salvador. The current law.

As of 2020, marijuana in El Salvador is an illegal substance. Undoubtedly, producing, selling, and possessing any kind of marijuana products, for either medicinal or recreational purposes, is prohibited.

Undeniably, possession of any type of cannabis in El Salvador can lead to severe legal problems and punishment, so do not do it. As of right now, there is nothing that shows that the law will change anytime soon.

Arguments for legalizing Marijuana in El Salvador.

The legalization of marijuana in El Salvador is a touchy subject. Some arguments for legalization include that it can help those who need it for medicinal purposes, it can decrease crime, and it can help the economy.

Specialists have proven that cannabis can definitely help some people with severe medical conditions. If it were legal, people in the country could easily have access to these treatments.

Now, how can legalizing marijuana reduce crime? Well, some examples are that people who use it will not have to go to shady areas to buy it; it will be available at proper and safe locations. Additionally, crime organizations will not have to fight for the control of drug territories or corridors.

Lastly, marijuana legalization and the economy. By legalizing marijuana, the country will create another source of income; the production, distribution, and sale can be taxed at a higher rate. Without a doubt, even at a higher tax rate, people will still produce it, sell it, and consume it.

To sum up, arguments for the legalization of this product are many and all over the place. Even if it were to help the economy, reduce criminal activity, and help sick people, it is still a touchy subject to approach.

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Marijuana must remain illegal, the arguments.

People who oppose the legalization of marijuana have strong feelings about it. These individuals believe that by making it legal, more people will start using it. Furthermore, religious people believe that it is immoral to legalize it.


If it were legal, why would more people use marijuana? Well, some Salvadorans believe that legality will mean that it is okay to use it, and people will start doing it. They also believe that by keeping it illegal, it tells people that they should not use it.

Additionally, legality will open the door for providers and sellers to push people to start using the product; therefore, increasing profits for their businesses.

The legalization of marijuana to religious people is something else altogether; most of them believe that making it legal is an immoral thing to do. When asked why it is wrong to legalize it, many respond that it is the way God wants it. It is hard for me to argue with that logic, so I am going to leave it at that.

People who have arguments against the legalization of marijuana in El Salvador are passionate about their beliefs on the matter. On a personal note, I do strongly respect their opinions.

The current status of marijuana legalization.

As of 2020, the Salvadoran general assembly has nothing working when it comes to this subject; there is no commission discussing it.

In 2019, deputy Francisco Zablah proposed to the Congress of El Salvador to legalize the therapeutic use of cannabis, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.

Zablah’s initiative to reform the Regulatory Law of Activities Related to Drugs was received by the general assembly and sent to a commission to study. However, nothing came of it.


My point of view on legalization of marijuana in El Salvador.

Before I get to share my viewpoint on this subject, it is necessary to clarify that I have first-hand knowledge of the medical marijuana topic. Therefore, I might be biased when it comes to the issue.

My point of view is that the country should study and legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes. However, I think the country is not ready to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

My opinion is that cannabis in El Salvador for medical purposes should be made legal. Any individual with health problems should have the option to choose this treatment or not.

On the other hand, marijuana use for recreational purposes needs to stay illegal for now. My point of view is that right now, the Salvadoran society is not ready for legal recreational marijuana. As a society, we need to be better educated on it before making it legal.

All in all, my viewpoint is that cannabis for medical purposes should be legalized as soon as possible. But, allowing people to use it legally for recreational purposes should be done at a later time.

Marijuana in El Salvador

Legalizing marijuana in El Salvador.

The issue of whether cannabis for medical reasons or marijuana for recreational purposes should be made legal is a hot topic in El Salvador. In all honesty, debating this issue has not started yet.

I am not advocating for anyone to get involved in this issue, either for it or against it. I believe that this will be a hot topic of discussion in EL Salvador for years to come.