Violence surrounding drug dealing would be lessened by legalizing marijuana because small time drug dealers would essentially be forced out of business. Larger companies who could produce high quality marijuana at lower cost would prevail. Most people would buy from these companies because they would know the product was free of adulterants and would contain no poisons. Wars between dealers of marijuana would end, and the sale of marijuana could be monitored by government the same way as essentially any other legitimate business. Sellers would be made accountable and a culture of responsibility would be formed.
Those who are in favor for marijuana legalization consider the ‘War on Drugs’ as an expensive disappointment. Billions of needless dollars are spent to incarcerate individuals that choose to use a substance that is less harmful and addictive than alcohol or prescribed medications. In addition, pro-marijuana advocate also suggest that if marijuana were to be legalized, the government could control the substance, very much like tobacco and alcohol. A method to control the purity of distributed marijuana, tracking marijuana use in the United States, and collect tax on the revenue. Which allows the government to have ample money to ut... ... middle of paper ... ... put an end to the illegal distribution of the substance.
In fact, legalizing marijuana would only make the situation much worse. Although many people argue both sides, it seems to come down to the question of "what will the people actually use this substance for?" Some say medical purposes, others say just for a quick high, but, no matter what way you look at it, marijuana is dangerous and it is not something Americans should have freely being distributed on their streets. Arguments have been made that if marijuana is legalized then the gang wars and drug money killings that go on will stop, along with the black market and criminal activities that are related to drug sales and use. In actuality, most cases of drug related violence and crime are "committed not only because people want to buy drugs, but more often because people use drugs" (Claim I 1).
Opponents suggest that these drug addicts will get tired of marijuana and progress to drugs that pose a greater risk to themselves and society, which has the potential to transpire to more wasted tax payer money. While the majority of Americans now view marijuana as harmless and support legalization, it is undeniable that cannabis has the potential to be a very deadly drug. More research needs to be done on the health, societal, and fiscal effects of marijuana legalization before any final laws are enacted.
If marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug, then chances are that drug users would have tried marijuana at some point in their life. The other argument against the legalization of marijuana is how it can be harmful. It is time to get real though. Tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals are more detrimental to someone’s life than marijuana, but all are legal. Marij... ... middle of paper ... ...rchasers, and put some extra cash into the government’s pocket?
The legalization of marijuana is a much debated and discussed issue in politics today. I believe that the pros of decriminalization far outweigh the cons. Because it is a cash crop, jobs and money are sitting, waiting to be made. Prisons are filling with marijuana users, costing huge amounts in tax dollars, all of which could be alleviated through legalization. Were cannabis federally regulated, it would be far safer.
Some of the marijuana today is laced with chemicals, which are more harmful than the actual marijuana. “If marijuana is legalized, the marijuana producers will be under the eye of the law, and what they grow will be solely marijuana plants.” This would make the use of marijuana safer and promote greater health for the country. The... ... middle of paper ... ...iers revenues to grow which allows them the ability to fight back with more violence. It also causes the price of the drugs to go up which then causes the addict to commit crimes just to support his addiction. With all the violence that comes with the drug war, Americans are having to pay lots of money to try to catch the criminals along with court costs and the expense to incarcerate drug dealers.
Controlled substances come with a higher price tag, which means drug addicts need to pay more for drugs. This pushes many to commit crimes, such as theft and prostitution, to support their addiction. Gore Vidal in his piece “Drugs: A Case for Legalizing Marijuana” puts it quiet succinctly: “If there was no money in it for the Mafia, there would be no friendly playground pushers, and addicts would not commit crimes to pay for their next fix.” When the government criminalized drugs in the 1970s, they ushered in high prices to compensate for the greater risk associated with selling drugs. Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy call this the “paradox of the war on drugs” in their essay “Have We Lost the War on Drugs?” Because of the risk of imprisonment, drug dealers charge more from customers to compensate for that risk. It is the same principle that makes any illegal substance so expensive and smugglers so rich.
According to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center 52% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana and 72% of Americans believe anti-marijuana laws have more cost than benefit. Recreational marijuana will sooner or later be legalized in the United States on a nationwide level because of its popularity and its many benefits. It will be legalized because the consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs, and other illicit drugs by teenagers has gone down drastically as they have switched to marijuana which doesn’t carry as many dangers as these other drugs. Legalizing marijuana would hurt drug cartels profits and also help the U.S. economy in a couple of different ways; we could tax it , we would make revenue from marijuana, and the amount of money we would put on anti drug efforts and locking up prisoners on marijuana possession would drastically reduce. Finally, legalizing marijuana would allow us to use it for its many commercial and industrial purposes.
It has limited the treatment possibilities of the ill as marijuana can be prescribed for various sicknesses (Fisher, par. 1). The benefits of legalizing marijuana by far out way the losses of continuing to keep it illegal. There are flaws on both ends of the spectrum, but it is clear is the regulation and legalization of marijuana will give government additional revenue through taxation, reduce spending allocated to enforcing the law, and increase the availability of medicinal treatment (Single 10:457). Looking back on American history, alcohol at one point in time was against the law.