Marijuana prohibition stands as one of the most unwarranted policies of the United States. Every year we are spending billions of dollars on the War on Drugs with little benefit. Data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation show there were an estimated 1,552,432 arrests for drug-related crimes in 2014 – a slight uptick from the 1,531,251 drug arrests in 2013. Marijuana offenses accounted for 48.3 percent of all drug arrests. Most marijuana-related arrests were for possession of the drug.
Which means it has a high potential of being abused (Drug). It also means marijuana has no medicinal value which can be argued with considering several states including Colorado and the District of Colombia has legalized marijuana for its medicinal values. The schedule one law also states that its drugs have potentially severe psychological or physical dependence (Drug). However, only about nine percent of marijuana users become psychologically dependent and it is unknown of a person becoming physically dependent (“Charlottes”…). Since 1946 over fifty percent of the population has supported marijuana legalization whether it is just medicinal or recreational as well.
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In 2012, California’s “Campaign Against Marijuana Planting”, or CAMP, expunged about 2.9 million marijuana plants. CAMP and other similar organizations have yet to reduce the availability of the drug. However, what they have managed to do is cost the taxpayers millions of dollars to pay f... ... middle of paper ... ...abis’ medical qualities, are why I surmise that marijuana should indeed be legalized for recreational purposes. Works Cited Bryan, G. (2013, April 26). 5 Reasons Marijuana Still Hasn't Been Legalized.
When comparing alcohol and marijuana which drug is more dangerous? According to statistics over 75,000 deaths in America are linked to alcohol. More than half these deaths are caused by alcohol poisoning. On the other hand marijuana cannot cause death from overdose due to being nontoxic. So why should marijuana remain illegal?
Conversely, many places around the world that have legalized marijuana, have not had any marijuana related casualties or problems. This is an uncomfortable topic for many Americans, however, it is quite relevant in today’s society. With “Marijuana [being] the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States,” there is no question that it should be legalized (Carroll 956). Although “the legal landscape surrounding marijuana is surprisingly complex and unsettled,” many see this drug helping the health and economy of our nation (Seamon 1039). As of right now, there are twenty one states that have legalized medical marijuana, but Washington and Colorado are the only two states that have legalized it for recreational use and tax pur... ... middle of paper ... ...aston, and Charla Nich, and Karn Hunkele.
Cannabis has been illegal since the Marijuana Tax act of 1934. Yet out of a population of 284 million American citizens, 70 million Americans claim to have smoked cannabis at some point in their lives. Prohibition of cannabis is therefore apparently ineffective at changing the habits of a population, just as prohibition of alcohol was ineffective in 1919-1933. Making otherwise law-abiding citizens fugitives does nothing more than fill the prisons and alienate the populace from their government. In fact the total cost to taxpayers of solely marijuana-related incarceration (in local, state, and federal prisons and jails) of 15,400 people exceeds $1.2 million per year.
Did you know it costs nearly $47,000 a year to house an inmate? So if you were to house all 749,825 of those arrested in 2012 for just a year it would cost approximately $35,241,775,000 in tax payer’s dollars. Imagine what we could do with the extra 35 billion dollars. Granted this is theoretical and not all of the 749,825 people were found guilty and incarcerated but it puts things in perspective. From 1991- 2003 not only did marijuana arrests nearly triple, but the number of teens trying marijuana... ... middle of paper ... ...uite 400 Washington, D.C. 20002.
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.