Many states are moving in the direction to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes while a few have casted a ballot to legalize it and create revenue off of it. Legalizing marijuana should be up to the people. Decriminalizing it does not seem to be enough. This means that marijuana would still be illegal but the consequences of using it are not criminal. This still leads to corruption, drug cartels, the black market, and prohibiting the right to make choices.
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Today one of the biggest controversies in America is whether marijuana should be legalized, meaning people over the age of 21 would be allowed to purchase and have one ounce of dried marijuana in their possession. (Lavender) Some disagree but, the wonders marijuana does and would continue do for people suffering extensive illnesses is why it should be legalized; in addition to the tax revenues that would benefit Americas’ economy and the dangers of illegal drug businesses would reduce if legalized. Those who may oppose the legalization of marijuana believe that machine operated fatal accidents will increase, such as car accidents, because the bodily effects are similar to alcohol consumption. Also they believe that it is a gateway drug to worse illegal drugs like crack, heroin or meth. The reality of it is that people will continue to use drugs whether they are illegal or not.