These drug criminals that are in prison cost the United States about $5 billion each year, half of which is going directly toward marijuana related criminals. Not only is keeping criminals in prison a very costly service, but prisons are filling up at an unprecedented rate, forcing the nation to us... ... middle of paper ... ...ging effects, and criminalizing that was absolutely the wrong idea during prohibition. Were it to be legalized, it would bring jobs and money to individuals and tax revenue to the state. It would free up police time and prison space, saving taxpayers billions and making communities safer. Regulation of cannabis would make it safer and more difficult for those underage to purchase.
60,000 of these individuals were there for marijuana according to one study. With the legalization of marijuana, it would cut the amount of tax we pay for these jails and prisons, costing us a total of 1.2 billion. Last year a total of 7 to 10 billion dollars was used towards arresting and processing against marijuana. The big picture here is that 90% of those arrests were just for possession. It is crazy that as a country we spend most of our time trying to stop the biggest drug in America when it is just wasting our money.
The thought of arresting that many citizens for something so harmless is ridiculous. Marijuana should be legalized because it would increase national revenue, it has medical benefits, and it less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. What could our country do with 42 billion dollars? Perhaps the U.S Government could feed the poor or make higher education affordable. Those are just two of the many good causes that need funding from the American Government; however, the funds of the United States are as unhealthy as ever.
Should the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes be legalized? Wouldn’t it be simple to provide a simple black or white answer to this question? Across the nation there is much debate on this very topic, one that I don’t believe can be solved so easily with a yes or no. There are so many activists that have strong opinions on this subject and go to the fullest extent to ensure they are heard. As simple straight forward as this question is it was hard for me to determine which side of the line I stood on.
Most Americans believe that marijuana is a dangerous addictive drug that has destroyed the lives of millions of teens as well as adults, and then what is alcohol? According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 37,000 annual U.S deaths, including 1,400 in Colorado, are attributed to alcohol use alone. On the other hand, the USCDCP does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of marijuana. The official publication of the Scientific Research Society reported that alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs and uses just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect this could lead to death while marijuana is one of, if not the least toxic drug, requiring thousands of times the dose one would use to get the desired effect that can lead to death. Many of us hear that marijuana kills brain cells but in reality, studies show teens that use marijuana as well as alcohol suffered significantly less damage to the white matter in their brains.
In 2010 the U.S federal government spent 15 billion dollars on the War on Drugs. This equals a rate of nearly 500 dollars per second and does not include state spending or housing costs for those jailed in this failed War. Despite all the money spent and harsh drug sentencing policies, drug use in America has been on the rise for several decades. With increased drug use comes increased drug related crime, increased HIV infections and of course the ever increasing costs involved in a war that simply cannot be won in the traditional sense. While it is true that the War on Drugs as a policy is fundamentally broken, there is currently a trend towards new types of policies which could offer more effective solutions.
In comparison to marijuana studies w... ... middle of paper ... ...ijuana 40:478). There are many positive effects marijuana regulation can have on an economy; people need to be open minded enough to at least acknowledge them. In conclusion, it seems as if for various reasons marijuana has gained a negative image in America today. Whether this is because the smoke, physical effects, or criminalist view of the drug, it does not matter. Americans must accept the facts instead of seemingly taking them with a grain of salt.
If marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, then chances are that drug users would have tried marijuana at some point in their life. The other argument against the legalization of marijuana is how it can be harmful. It is time to get real though. Tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals are more detrimental to someone’s life than marijuana, but all are legal. Marij... ... middle of paper ... ...rchasers, and put some extra cash into the government’s pocket?
There have been 20 million arrests since 1965 for the possession of marijuana, also known as cannabis. The amount of crime and arrests for possessions of the illicit drug has increased due to the prohibition. Cannabis was a major cash crop for the industrial production prior to its illegalization. It has been estimated that the United States spends approximately $7.7 billion each year to prohibit the use of marijuana alone. Currently the number of people incarcerated is six to ten times higher than European countries (NORML).
Marijuana Legalization Why is it the Best Choice for America? Marijuana, the most abused drug in America, has had a lot of publicity recently. Marijuana has caused multiple economic problems within the U.S. A controversial question has arisen from the increased popularity and troubles of this drug. The question is whether or not the U.S. government should legalize marijuana possession and sale in the country. Many Americans believe that the drug should be legalized for various reasons; others, however, are against the legalization of the dangerous drug.