Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Marijuana has been around since ancient times. Marijuana was introduced to American in 1545 by the Spanish, who were traveling to the New World, “where it became a major commercial crop alongside tobacco and was grown as a source of fiber” (History). It was not until the 1930s when marijuana started being depicted as a “powerful, addicting substance that would lead users into narcotics addictions” (“History of marijuana”). There has been an on-going debate everywhere in the United States as to whether or not marijuana should be legalized for recreational use. Some states, such as Colorado and Washington, have already legalized marijuana for recreational use. Already, the trend of economic prosperity is evident in these states. I support the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana should be legalized in the United States because there would be an economic boost, there would be less money to support organized crime, and because marijuana has many medical benefits. Although there are a good number of benefits, there are also contradictions to legalizing marijuana, a few being marijuana having a Gateway Drug status, increase in stoned driving and related cases, and an increase of cases where the drug is falling into the hands of children and teens. Legalizing marijuana would benefit the economy of the United States greatly. Like stated before, the states of Colorado and Washington have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. Due to this legalization, Colorado and Washington “have each seen hundreds of millions in additional tax revenue” (Bradford). Because of the legalization in these two states tourism also brought in a lot of money. If it were to be legalized for the entire United States, imagine how much more money t... ... middle of paper ... ...o would be dangerous as it could lead to the minds and bodies of these teens to not develop correctly (NYLN). Are these contradictions enough to outweigh the pros? No, I don’t think so. When people say that marijuana is a gateway drug, there is no proof of this because it is just a theory, hence “Gateway Drug Theory.” All claims talk about how one who smokes marijuana is “more likely” to try harder drugs, but there is no scientific evidence. Marijuana is a product that users will continue want and will do anything to get it. If it were made legal, the government would not be spending all this money to try to get rid of it. The pros of gaining economic benefits, decreasing the amount of crime, and for the medical benefits most definitely beat the odds in this case. The legalization of the recreational use of marijuana is in the near future for the United States.

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