Please explain how the classical theories of deontology, and virtue ethics would resolve the ethical issues and ethical problems in legalizing marijuana?

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Consider that deontological ethics abide by rules, motives and actions themselves. This is contrasted with consequentialism where the consequences dictate what is ethical and what is not. But, with deontological ethics, it is the moral inherent in the action itself that takes precedence in determining its ethical standard. In other words, is the act of legalizing marijuana ethical or unethical?

In the deontological context, we can ignore the consequences such as emphysema or second hand smoke; however, such considerations will be noted by opponents in a larger ethical contextual debate. So, there are also ethical arguments when dealing with the consequences, but this is more hotly debated than the deontological argument. But, in this context, one could easily make the case that during Prohibition, crime increased dramatically, so legalizing what is sold illegally will logically reduce crime. In a larger context of freedom itself, it seems ethical (in terms of free will) to allow...

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