The Pros And Cons Of Marijuana

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Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S. and the world. Marijuana is a product, (also referred to as cannabis) of the hemp plant, and present as a green, brown, or gray blend of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers. Marijuana has many street names such as pot, weed, or Mary Jane, there are more than 200 slang terms for marijuana itself. In 1972, the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have "no accepted medical use." Since then, 21 of 50 US states and DC have legalized the medical use of marijuana. Legalization in the United States first started in California in 1996, being the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then there has been controversy about legalizing marijuana in other states. Marijuana seems to be something people have different perspectives on. For many different reasons it has its pros and cons. Marijuana has been a battling problem in the United States today, whether it should be legalized or not. Since the 1930’s marijuana has been illegal in the United States. But as of now in 2014 medical marijuana is legal in 21 states. Marijuana is slowly but surely going to be legal in the United States in due time. Most Americans spend about 5 billion dollars on marijuana every year or equal to 1% of the GDP, it’s just about the same amount that alcohol contributes to the country’s GDP (Daryal). The only problem with this is that the marijuana revenue primarily goes into the pocket of drug dealers and mafias because they contain the largest portion of distribution in marijuana market. On the other side, the federal government accepts that the war on drugs is very expensive and the cost is due to the current bu... ... middle of paper ... ...nited States; that would be one marijuana arrest every 42 seconds. Almost a decade ago, marijuana arrests include just 44 percent of the drug arrests. Approximately 42 percent of all drug arrests that happen nationwide are for the possession of marijuana. Of the total arrests for marijuana law violations, close to more than 87 percent were for a simple possession, not sale or manufacture. There are more arrests for the possession of marijuana every year than for all violent crimes joined. A marijuana arrest is not a small matter. People are handcuffed, then placed in a police car, taken to the police station, photographed and fingerprinted, held in a jail cell for up to 24 hours or more, and then arraigned before the judge. The arrest makes a permanent criminal record that can be found easily on the internet by employers, public, schools, credit agencies and banks.

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