Benefits of Marijuana Essay

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Benefits of Marijuana
Elizabeth Taylor
COM/172
July 9th, 2015
Vernon Thompson Benefits of Marijuana
Marijuana, also known as cannabis was first scientifically described as “botanical”. A book called, “Hortus Malabaricus (1678-1693)” published in Amsterdam, explains how it was originally discovered and its uses during that time. Between then and 1936, governments encouraged the production of hemp, which caused the Pure Food and Drug Act to be enforced. Concerns started arising; therefore The Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) and Uniform State Narcotics Act was adopted (pbs.org). It was then believed to cause men of color to become violent and solicit sex from white women. In 1937, this belief caused for the Marijuana Tax Act renamed
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In May 2015, an increase of $5,343,956.00 was reported; proving that in just one year it economically helped boost Colorado’s revenue alone (Colorado Marijuana Tax Data, 2015). According to the Washington Post, Colorado’s tax revenue is expected to increase to $94 million by 2016. “It is clearly generating significant revenue for the state,” states Mason Tvert. Colorado is not just pocketing that money; it is evenly distributed to help the state in different areas. It was reported that $2.35 million was being spent for public schools, as well as drug-abuse education, research, and substance abuse treatment. According to the Denver Post, $1 million fund from marijuana tax revenue is being used for school grants to hire school nurses, social workers, and psychologists.
By Colorado approving millions from marijuana sales tax revenue, it will help decrease the unemployment ratio. These will open doors to future school applicants to hire more personnel for their schools. “The remaining revenue will be used towards school construction, as well as training and equipment for law enforcement agencies to deal with marijuana-specific problems,” Steadman explained. Using marijuana sales tax revenue towards government agencies and schools will create job opportunities; it will help unemployed residents acquire employment while slowly bringing down the unemployment ratio. The "1,000-2,000 New Marijuana Jobs In Colorado" (2014) website states that the cannabis industry in Colorado has

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