This can only mean that it’s also responsible for many incarcerated citizens. Drugploicy.org claims that in 2013, more than 600,000 citizens were arrested and charged with marijuana violations. Obviously, drugs such as cocaine and heroin could not be compromised with as far as legalization goes but as far as helping and stimulating the economy legalizing marijuana would do more for the issue with drugs than hardcore punishment. Imagine, more jobs accessible for Americans in a billion dollar industry. Profit bringing our national debt down and cutting in half in a small amount of time.
As you know, Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in the U.S causing a huge controversy in today’s society. I think that in some ways not legalizing marijuana could hurt us and our country. I know that you, as a member of the CALM, feel very strongly on your opinion of legalizing marijuana. The CALM does make very convincing arguments about crime, youth, and health with the use of marijuana. While some of these arguments can be persuasive to many, I think that my following propositions on crime, health, and medicinal marijuana also provide a swaying argument.
The gateway theory claims that most extreme addicts who take hardcore drugs often start off with a simple drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly two-thirds of all people who do illicit drugs have started with marijuana usage. Although this may be true, enforcing this claim may be tricky as marijuana is a very common drug that almost 40% of Americans have tried it. From 2007 to 2012, the number of marijuana users in America has steadily risen from 172 million to 227 million a year. If marijuana were a gateway drug, the number of illicit drug users should have gone up as well.
The decriminalization of marijuana is an incredibly controversial topic in the United States. Conservative views deem the drug dangerous and debilitating, while reformers suggest that legalizing the plant would have an enormous positive impact on the economy. While others, the terminally ill, wish for the plant to be legal so it can be offered as a less toxic and sometimes more effective alternative to harsh prescription drugs. an overwhelming wealth of facts that state the benefits marijuana can have medically. It’s not hard to believe that marijuana is the 3rd most popular recreational drug in America and Government polls say some 25 million Americans have smoked the plant in the past year.
Just imagine it: a country where the smartphone market makes less money than a plant. Colorado did the bright idea and legalized it; same with Washington. “In 2013, 52% thought that marijuana should be legalized with 45% opposed” Just legalization of this plant would allow the economy to boost. “Residents can currently purchase up to an ounce of marijuana at one time for recreational purposes. Non-residents can purchase up to a quarter ounce.
-policymic there are estimates saying a range of ten billion dollars the whole way to 120 billion dollars a years from marijuana sales if it was nationally legalized. There are over 60,000 people in jail from marijuana offenses. That alone costs the ... ... middle of paper ... ...e drinking. There’s 1.2 million emergency room visits every year from excessive drinking, some needing their stomach pumped, while the annual deaths from marijuana is zero. How can alcohol and tobacco be legal with these statistics and marijuana is not?
Marijuana should be taxed heavily to increase our revenue. Marijuana and other drugs would be made by the same people who make aspirin so the quality would be assured, containing no poisons or adulterants. Sterile hypodermic needles will be readily available at corner drug stores. These could be taxed heavily because the users will be assured of "clean drugs." Making drugs legal will reduce the great amounts of money spent on enforcement every year.
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. There have been many studies performed to try to prove that the effects of marijuana are worse than other medications. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 of the studies found that marijuana is in fact safer than many of our everyday prescription and over the counter drugs. Never in United States history has their been even one case of someone dieing or being injured from the use of marijuana an illegal drug. But every year many people die from use of Americas popular legal drugs.
In America, marijuana is the most used drug after alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana is used by millions of Americans, despite the harsh laws illegalizing the drug. Some states, such as Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Efforts to legalize the drug in other states have been unsuccessful such as Proposition 19 in California, which failed in 2010 despite uptight campaigns. Billions of dollars are spent at the state, local, and federal level to fight the use of marijuana.
Making drugs legal will reduce massive amounts of money spent on enforcement every year. The MPP (Marijuana Policy Project) estimates that marijuana consumers cost taxpayers more than $7 billion dollars annually (MPP). Year after year, money is thrown away trying to stem the flow of illegal drugs into our country. When one drug lord is caught, two show up somewhere else to take their place. For every drug bust, four more make it through to the United States.