Marijuana Today: The Under Ground Market

analytical Essay
1010 words
1010 words

The underground market allows the trade of illegal goods and services. Within this market there are many goods traded. Americans use fuel, weapons, animals for medicine, and alcohol to boost the economy growth as well as satisfy the needs of citizens. Yet, one of the goods in the underground market generates billions of dollars and it isn’t legal for us throughout the U.S. due to its effects on humans and it’s heavily supported opposition spanning from parents to some doctors. The illegal good that is being talked about is the one drug that most teens and college students are exposed to daily: marijuana. Did you know that marijuana is used more by people between the ages of 12- 25? The question I am asking, should marijuana be legalized nationally? Marijuana has created a disagreement in the U.S. by making people view the pros and cons of the drug. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” to attempt to stop the illegal drug trade, and shape America’s drug policy. In order for the “War on Drugs” to be carried out, they used the newly created Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the U.S. military to stop trade coming in and out of the country and stop smuggling in the U.S. In today’s world, this has become a trillion dollar effort to stop the illegal trade in America. About $51 billion is spent annually towards the “War on Drugs” in America. According to the Drug Policy, the amount of non-violent drug arrests in the U.S. had amounted to 1.5 million in 2011. Of those 1.5 million, 800,000 of them were marijuana related arrests, and 90% of those arrests were simple possession charges. People have different views on whether or not marijuana should be legal between the Republicans and... ... middle of paper ...>. Schick, David. "Study: Marijuana Use Increases Risk of Academic Problems." USA Today. Gannett, 7 June 2013. Web. 16 June 2013. . Belville, Russ. "Who Are You? US Government Statistic on Adult Marijuana Users." NORML Blog Marijuana Law Reform Who Are You US Government Statistics on Adult Marijuana Users Comments. N.p., 10 Apr. 2009. Web. 16 June 2013. . Fairchild, Caroline. "Legalizing Marijuana Would Generate Billions In Additional Tax Revenue Annually." The Huffington Post., 20 Apr. 2013. Web. 17 June 2013.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains marijuana: some straight answers. the university of oregon, 2010.
  • Explains that the underground market allows the trade of illegal goods and services, which generates billions of dollars and isn't legal in the u.s.
  • Argues that marijuana can help save money due to the loss of arrests and incarcerations for possession, keeping the u.s. at the number 1 spot.
  • Analyzes schick, david, belville, russ, and fairchild, caroline. "legalizing marijuana would generate billions in additional tax revenue."

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