Legalizing drugs may even reduce the crime because the drugs will be easier to get. People won’t have to buy the drugs on the street which can reduce the black market, because most of the gangs and cartels will have to either quit selling the drugs or open up a legal business. Another reason legalizing drugs is beneficial is that the prisons are overcrowding with people who owned or sold drugs. If we took everybody out of the prisons that are associated with drugs, our prisons would be less crowded, rather than way over the maximum. This would also save many tax dollars because they won’t be spent on trying to keep people in prisons.
We will also be taxed less because of less government spending on marijuana convictions. We will be decriminalized and allowed the same freedoms with marijuana that are allowed with alcohol or tobacco. Finally, our government will climb its way out of debt by taxing the plant. Marijuana legalization could greatly improve our country as a whole.
Making the use of marijuana legal can be a benefit due to the fact that it is safer to use than alcohol and tobacco, which are legal and sold in every gas station and grocery store throughout our country, it will help with the nation’s economic problems, will be used to help people who have medical problems, and it will help stop the number of people who are arrested for possession of marijuana. According to expert sources, marijuana has been found to be less dangerous than both alcohol and tobacco products. “Marijuana is safer than many over the counter drugs,” according to Francis L. Young (Young, Francis L. 2). Young, from the Drug Enforcement Agency, stated that marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active drugs and substances that is known to man today. Only a small number of marijuana users have smoked enough of it to suffer the same impairments that match extreme tobacco use.
Taxing the sales of marijuana, similar to alcohol, will help boost the economy. Regulating marijuana in an orderly way will make it a safe and healthy environment for users and families in the United States. Prohibition of alcohol in the 1920's is very similar to the prohibition of marijuana in recent years. The main reason the government made drinking alcohol illegal in the 1920's was to reduce the number of people consuming alcohol and to help lower crime levels. It was also enforced to protect minors from becoming alcoholics at an early age (Blocker 233-243).
In conclusion Marijuana has positive effects on both society and the wellbeing of individuals and should be legalized. It would be a logical decision for the government to legalize Marijuana due to the fact that firstly the government can monitor and tax Marijuana thus helping the economy. Secondly Marijuana can be used as medical therapy; thirdly there would be less youth and adults in jails and prisons. Point in fact the government would be able to manage all facets about Marijuana as follows price, importation and exportation and diminishing any drug cartels/markets. Additionally youth would not be prosecuted with possession of cannabis and fear an undetermined future.
Funding for the “War on Drugs” would be drastically lessened allowing officials to focus on the illegal trafficking of drugs in and out of the United States as opposed to spending massive amounts of tax dollars on preventing the public from obtaining and using marijuana. The general public could openly consume cannabis, which is extremely less dangerous and unhealthy than the consumption of alcohol, and tobacco products, which may even prevent damages and addictions to these more harmful substances. The national debt could be eliminated with very rapid succession through the taxation of cannabis. Colorado and Washington have already legalized marijuana for recreational purpose and both states have made an overwhelmingly large sum of money in tax dollars as opposed to having to raise taxes in other areas to ensure public funding meets the needs of the community. Katel, Peter.
If the government controls the market for marijuana people would no longer be in danger of trying to acquire it illegally and there would be tax for selling marijuana which will benefit both the government and society. By legalizing marijuana the government can make laws about its use. Legalizing it would change people’s lives because it would no longer be a crime for people who are seeking relief from illnesses such as cancer and aids. Legalizing marijuana is a first step into creating a new market, which would boost the nation’s economy as well as the local state economies. Marijuana would also change the lives of patient’s battling chronic disease... ... middle of paper ... ...esting, people with disabilities and other elements to get relief, and local economies to benefit from the sale of the drug.
Scarce law enforcement resources that could be better used to protect public safety would be preserved while reducing corrections and court costs. State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales.” (Drug Policy Alliance) Comparing alcohol to marijuana and the effects of it are very different. Marijuana is much more safe then alcohol in the the way your body reacts and you decision making. The way you think and thought process is different. Viole... ... middle of paper ... ...ve already seen this in colorado with weed shop.
The same will go for marijuana making it an even greater health risk. Though legalizing marijuana may help the economy by taxing the drug, will the government honestly stoop that low just to make money? Legalizing addictive drugs will never make the United States a better country to live in. Activists say that illegal drugs takes away American’s right to freedom, but what’s the point of making it ok to freely use narcotics if users a prisoner to the drugs?
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.