Legalization of Marijuana in Nevada

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The issue of whether or not marijuana should be legalized has been fought over for many decades. Marijuana became federally prohibited in 1937 with The Marijuana Tax Act. Despite at law marijuana is still one of the most used recreational drugs today. Given recent referendum in Colorado and Washington the public debate has increased over whether the drug should be legalized for recreational use. Marijuana has become known for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxation, and an increase in appetite. Many Nevadans have embraced medical marijuana and feel that legalization of the drug is not far off. The legalization of cannabis would be beneficial to Nevada because it is less harmful than alcohol, it would lower the black market illicit cost and therefore reduce crime and it would increase Nevada’s income through taxation and save on enforcement cost.
Marijuana is often misrepresented as a harmful addictive drug that leads to harder drug use. This misunderstanding is largely due to a lack of knowledge in regards to the effects and uses of the drug. addiction' class='brand-secondary'>Drug addiction can be defined as a compulsive use of a drug despite the negative consequences and it is often placed into two different categories that relate to the effects of the withdrawals. Drugs may be considered physically addictive; that is they produce severe withdrawals and they can be described as psychologically addictive which only causes cravings. Marijuana is considered to be psychologically addictive which centers on the "growing" need for the drug to produce the same feeling (0). With any drug habitual use can lead to addiction, but only 9% of users of marijuana will become addicted that is 1 in every 6 users (00...

... middle of paper ..., Nevada would benefit from millions of dollars raised by selling and taxing the drug. By decriminalizing marijuana and allowing Nevada to profit from the sales Nevada would be improving the economic condition within the state.
Millions of people are still using marijuana; prohibition has failed. It has been proven that the use of cannabis is far less threatening than alcohol and by legalizing marijuana in Nevada, taxing it and regulating it we have a better chance of reducing the numbers of black market street sales. Also it would create much needed tax revenue for Nevadans that would boost the economy and it could cut the cost of useless law enforcement. According to Andrew Doughman a writer for the Las Vegas Sun Nevada in 2015 Nevada will put in a petition to change the state law and legalize the use of marijuana. Nevada should vote “Yes” on the petition.

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