One of the most controversial topics in the news today is the legalization of marijuana. Supporters believe that the drug is not harmful and can have numerous benefits. However, opponents argue that marijuana can lead to addiction and other more dangerous drugs. In the end, marijuana should be legal based on economic, medicinal, and philosophical factors. First, the legalization of marijuana would have a tremendous economic impact.
Marijuana actually has health benefits that most people overlook. It is important to understand the many issues of legalizing marijuana in order to better understand how legalizing marijuana for medical purposes can be beneficial to an individual’s health, and how it can give an increase to the economy. Legalizing marijuana will lead to many societal benefits that will reduce illegal activity while helping the government control the safe use of the substance and making a profit that can be used to help taxpayers. Marijuana is not a dangerous drug and should be legalized because it does not cause harm to anyone and by legalizing marijuana the government will take control of marijuana distribution and safety it can benefit a lot of people in many ways. If the government controls the market for marijuana people would no longer be in danger of trying to acquire it illegally and there would be tax for selling marijuana which will benefit both the government and society.
Since marijuana is often sold illegally people believe that legalizing it would only bring more illegal activity but this is not the case. Legalizing marijuana could help reduce crime because this would free up police resources so they can focus on more dangerous cases. Legalizing marijuana will also stop the drug war against it. The economical benefits that marijuana can bring are phenomenal. Marijuana is one of the cheapest yet most effective drugs that can be used.
Marijuana is an illegal drug used by people to escape reality and in order to relax. While it seems as though the uses of marijuana are purely recreational, it has many positive medical and industrial applications that the government should utilize. In addition to its uses, marijuana is also a viable candidate as a source of income for the United States because of the tax revenue they can collect from it. To pass a law legalizing marijuana for recreational and medical uses is a logical response to the government’s current economical standing, as well as its current prison capacity. Marijuana has many different uses, but when the topic of marijuana arrives in conversation many people oppose its’ legalization.
The NIDA published many claims concerning marijuana use, but they did not have evidence to support their claims (Weir 26). This misinformation and the government’s campaign against marijuana made the legalization of marijuana impossible. Marijuana is a harmless drug, but it has not been legalized because people believe most of the anti-marijuana claims. Research studies have proven that marijuana helps the individual experience a sense of well being, relieves fatigue, stimulates the appetite, and induces a feeling of mild stimulation (McDonough 50). Another advantage of marijuana is that experienced users can control the degree and quality of the intoxication by “coming down” when it is necessary to perform (McDonough 50).
Marijuana, also known as pot, weed, and bud that has the botanical name of Cannabis sativa. This naturally grown substance that contains THC affects how the brain works and gives the user a high. This feeling of a high can help relieve different pains and even help users forget about bad memories. Marijuana is a naturally grown plant, so the question is why can it not be used legally? Making the use of marijuana legal can be a benefit due to the fact that it is safer to use than alcohol and tobacco, which are legal and sold in every gas station and grocery store throughout our country, it will help with the nation’s economic problems, will be used to help people who have medical problems, and it will help stop the number of people who are arrested for possession of marijuana.
In addition, many believe that because marijuana is in fact a drug it is morally unjust to use it. On the other hand, some people believe that business should have freedom to a “free market” and should ultimately be able to sell whatever they please. In addition, the legalization of marijuana could be be... ... middle of paper ... ...ame opportunity to do as they please. After looking at all the costs and benefits to each option of the government, I believe that the best choice would be in the legalization of marijuana with the implementation of a high tax. This idea seems like the most logical because although the moral issue comes into play, if the tax is high enough than the quantity demanded would be the same as it is with the prohibition.
I personally believe that legalizing the drug across the United States of America would help fight its usage and save us a lot of cash (Marijuana, 1999). “Prohibition does not work. Education and treatment are better ways to address the drug problem” (Marijuana, 1999). Prohibition has failed to ... ... middle of paper ... ... criminal gangs like the Al-Qaeda and the Mexican drug war lords. This is because smuggling and foreign cultivation would not be extremely profitable.
Marijuana should be legalized because it is relatively harmless when compared to other legal substances, entails economic benefits, and would allow the authorities to focus resources on illegal activity that affects the people they took an oath to serve. Marijuana poses fewer health-risks than many substances that are currently deemed legal by the government. It is often argued that marijuana is addictive, and that it is harmful to one’s health. It is true that smoking marijuana is not completely harmless, as the repetitive inhalation of any form of smoke will have adverse effects on one’s health. That being said, these effects are very miniscule when marijuana is smoked in moderation.
Supporter of making marijuana legal often argue that it isn’t nearly as harmful as alcohol or nicotine. However, when taking a closer look at marijuana and thinking about the future, marijuana legalization is not the best idea. After all the time and effort law enforcement put into keeping drugs at bay, activists selfishly expect them just to give all that up and make marijuana easy to access. Most activists already use pot, they just don’t want to get into trouble for it but they don’t think about the consequences that come with it. First off marijuana is a gateway drug.