The Debate Over Marijuana Legalization

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The world is changing. The push for marijuana legalization is in full effect in the United States. With the legalization of medicinal marijuana in California on November 5, 1996, the United States has progressed in its movements for full legalization (mbc.ca.gov). Now with 21 states, plus Washington D.C, having state level medicinal marijuana legalization laws in full effect, along with both Colorado and Washington having recreational use of marijuana legalized, the United States is on a path for full legalization (whitehouse.gov). The legalization of cannabis in the United Sates will provide the state and federal governments with increased tax revenue, save money and resources from the war against marijuana, and most importantly, benefit the people in numerous ways. The most widely discussed benefit of legalizing cannabis is the tax revenue that can be gained on the state and federal level. With the legalization and sale of cannabis in all of the United States, the local, state, and federal governments will be able to gross millions and potentially billions of dollars each year that can be used to fund schools, support communities, and provide a variety of help in multiple other areas. The medicinal marijuana sales alone in only the state of Colorado from 2011-2012 reached over $219 million dollars and earned just under $6 million dollars in state sales tax (colorado.gov). Medicinal marijuana in Colorado was without an excise tax, but was still able to reel in approximately $6 million in taxes. The medicinal marijuana laws are still in effect in Colorado, but with the addition to recreational marijuana sales, the state, local, and federal governments should be able to bring in even more tax revenue (sos.state.co.us). The curren... ... middle of paper ... ...elated to Marijuana." Whitehouse.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2014. "Marijuana/cannabis." Justice.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2014. Presse, Agence F. "Jobs, Tax Revenue and Tourism: America’s First Marijuana Stores Open in Colorado | The Raw Story." Rawstory.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2014. "Retail Marijuana Licensing Information." Colorado.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2014. "Sales 93: Sales Tax on Marijuana." Colorado.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2014. "States Push to Get the Most Out of Marijuana Taxes." Nytimes.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2014. "Tobacco-Related Mortality." Cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 01 Aug. 2013. Web. 16 Jan. 2014. "Uniform Crime Reports: Arrests." Fbi.gov. FBI, 02 Aug. 2011. Web. 18 Jan. 2014. "Who Makes More Money: Colorado's Legal Weed Dealers or Its Illegal Ones?" Slate.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2014.
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