Proposed Solutions to Solving America's Economic Crisis- Legalize Marijuana and Re-evaluate Welfare Policies

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A crisis is a time when a difficult of important decision must be made according to the secondary definition of the term crisis in the dictionary. Personally I feel that this is the best definition in regards to the existing economic crisis the United States is currently undergoing. While there were many factors that have contributed to the foreclosure situation we are presently experiencing, I believe there are just as many solutions we could use to turn our economy around. In response to the recession we must as a country change the way we do some things to enhance the money flow. Firstly we should work to legalize marijuana, not because all drugs should be legalized but simply because it cannot be equally associated with harder drugs. I think marijuana is considered gateway drug because it is constantly being associated with these harder, but equally as illegal, substances. When a person tries it for the first time after growing up hearing how terrible drugs are, they find that the effects of it are mild. Then, thinking this will be a similar theme throughout drug use, they try more and more things realizing this is not the case. If marijuana were to be legalized this would eliminate this ‘gateway’ drug stigma. Marijuana is by far the largest imported crop into the United States. The government should tax it, regulate it, and sell it in approved ways. This will clear up space in the jail system because possession would no longer be a crime. This would save millions of taxpayers’ dollars each year. It would also reduce the crime rate. There would no longer be a need for illegal trafficking, importing, and selling marijuana. There would be considerably less drug related crimes because marijuana is the most common drug througho... ... middle of paper ... ...ave them sent back to where they hailed from and be left with millions of open jobs to be filled by our United States citizens. We would have less crime, lower taxes, a higher standard of living, a smaller gap between classes, less unemployment and homelessness, and overall much more money cycling through our economy. The best thing to do to remove us from this recession is to spend money. If we spend money then companies will spend money to make more products. The more we buy the products, the cheaper the products become. It is a well-understood cycle and I believe it is essential for the news stations to stop encouraging citizens to save every penny. If no one buys the products that are supplied than no new products will be produced and thus all forms of trade will be eliminated. If trade is eliminated than we cannot continue to learn and advance in this world.

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