Summary: The Legalization Of Marijuana

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America has spent thousands, even millions of dollars fighting the war on drugs. One of the main drugs that are part of this war is marijuana. While many misguided perceptions and claims regarding cannabis have been created, many factual claims about the beneficial side of it has also risen. Whether it is called cannabis, marijuana, weed, or pot, this plant is associated with all the same characteristics. There are far more beneficial qualities surrounding marijuana than there are injurious qualities. Marijuana usage can be viewed as constructive under various occasions and instead of fighting against it, the government should take control of marijuana and use it for its own advantage. Marijuana is a profitable plant in various different aspects …show more content…
Millions of people secretly use marijuana every day, and this is not something the government will be able to stop. Marijuana users have already broken the law once and are very likely to do so again. People have been secretly consuming and selling marijuana for years, and during that time millions of records of arrest cases have been filed. In 2012, of the 1,552,432 drug arrests in the United States, 749,825 were for possession of marijuana (“Persons Arrested”). This immense amount of arrests would be cut more than in half with the legalization of marijuana. Not only are the amount of arrests high, the amount of hours focused on marijuana cases is also great. These hours can inevitably be dropped and redirected somewhere else needed if marijuana were to become legal across the nation. The resources that are put into arresting these people would be reserved for more serious offenses. With the assistance of marijuana legalization, police officials would be able to primarily focus on the more serious cases, rather than focusing their time on searching and seizing marijuana users. Aside from decreasing misconduct, the legalization of marijuana can vastly benefit the economy of the United States as …show more content…
Millions of users would eagerly accept the legalization of marijuana and willingly give thousands of dollars to the government each year by purchasing marijuana. If marijuana is made more accessible and legal, more consumers would arise, thus, more money is made for the economy. Legalizing marijuana would bring the nation’s best cash crop under the government’s control and ultimately lead the economy to greater heights.Those who sell marijuana illegally now receive massive amounts of money from their customers each week, and the government would have access to taxing this money distributors make by legalizing this cash crop. The government would be able to place a sales tax upon the crop and therefore gain large amounts of tax revenue. For instance, in Colorado, “six months of legal retail marijuana sales have generated $21.8 million in tax revenue plus another $10.1 million in taxes on medical marijuana in that time period” (Henchman). This amount of tax revenue would be available to each state with the legalization of marijuana, ultimately boosting the economy. Besides helping the economy by raising more money, legalizing marijuana would decrease the amount of money put into prisons where marijuana users are held. Millions of dollars of government money is placed into prisons to hold inmates who have been convicted of either selling or

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