Should Marijuana Be Legalized For Recreational Use And Regulated Distribution

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In this world there is a drug that can treat hundreds of ailments with minimal side effects and also boost local economies, but it is federally illegal. As research increases, studies have shown the incredible medical and financial qualities of marijuana. With 23 states that currently have legal medical marijuana and 11 states very close, thousands of medical patients are receiving treatment from this plant. Now, four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use (“23 Legal States”). Since sales went underway in Colorado, the state has reaped huge financial benefits from the tax on marijuana. Millions of dollars in revenue has come just in the first year of legalization. Being that the financial and medical benefits outweigh the negative effects of marijuana, it should be federally legalized for recreational use and regulated distribution. . (Dr. Malik Burnett and Amanda Reiman, “How Marijuana became illegal”).
Marijuana is a drug derived from the cannabis plant (cannabis Sativa). The active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9 tetrahydro-cannabinol, is responsible for the euphoric “high” feeling people get after using marijuana. People use marijuana by either smoking it or eating food products containing cannabis called edibles. In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act was passed officially banning the use and sales of marijuana. The basis of this act was the accusation that colored men using marijuana were more likely to become violent towards women. When this act was passed,…

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