Marijuana Should Be Illegal In The United States

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Since 1929 marijuana has been illegal in the United States of America. Marijuana was and still is viewed as a terrible substance that will harm you, but that is not the case. Marijuana, also known as weed, is not as bad as people make it seems and if legalized actually has some benefits to it. Marijuana is much healthier for you than alcohol or tobacco yet they are legal and marijuana is not. If it was legal, almost one million people would not even be in jail today, saving the government a lot of money and the crime rate would go down because possession of marijuana or selling marijuana would no longer be considered a crime. Marijuana could be sold in stores and be taxed to make billions of dollars. This means there would be a surplus of …show more content…
Marijuana dealers would simply go out of business because marijuana would be sold in stores and there would be no point in selling it on the streets which means there would be fewer criminals in jail. The marijuana smokers would not have to worry about having possession of marijuana because it would be in their right to have it. They would not be outcast or criminals for smoking marijuana. A study was done in 2007 and is states that 2.3 million people were arrested and 872,720 of them were arrested in that year for having marijuana (hashexpress.wordpress.com). This resulted in a stunning 38 percent of people was behind bars for marijuana. If it marijuana was legal over one third of the prisoners would not have even been in jail that year. In America it cost 28,284 to house one prisoner a year; this means the government spent 24.6 billion dollars to house these prisoners for one year (thelawdictionary.org). This is a substantial amount of money that could have been saved or put to a better use only if marijuana was legal. The government is willing to spend almost twenty five billion dollars to try to prevent people from smoking marijuana when people will do what they want weather marijuana is legal or not; yet schools are getting shut down and government …show more content…
government statistics, Gettman concludes that marijuana in the U.S. is a $113 billion dollar business.” (mpp.org). If marijuana was legal not only would the United states save 66.6 billion dollars but if sold in stores it could generate a possible 113 billion dollar industry. Jobs would open everywhere for people that is unemployed. Jobs would open up as factory workers, truck drivers to deliver the product to and from the factory; business owners could possibly open marijuana franchises. If franchises begin to develop there would be multiple positions like CEOs, accountants and all the other key parts needed to successfully run a franchise just from approving the sell and purchase of marijuana in America. Not only will the country its’ self make money put the citizens would also make a tremendous amount of

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