Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

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The major topic of debate in the United States is not only who is going to be elected as the next president, but also marijuana legalization. As one of the most controversial topics of this time, the legalization of the currently illegal drug has raised many questions. Why should it be legalized? What might happen if it is legalized? Who will be affected by the legalization? How will it affect the country as a whole? As these questions have been discussed, another more pressing question has surfaced: What will be the long- and short-term effects of users of this drug? In this essay, I will explain why marijuana should be legalized, what impacts legalization may have, and how it could improve our country.
Prohibiting marijuana has more costs than advantages. In order to catch citizens with marijuana, police officers must use drug-sensitive dogs to help find the drug, which takes time and money. According to the New York Times, prohibition “costs more than $3.6 billion to enforce laws on possession.” Because officers are distracted by marijuana possession, more urgent issues are pushed aside (Poindexter, 2014). The 3.6 billion dollars that is spent on detaining those who are only in possession of marijuana could instead be focused on eliminating more threatening drugs and more dangerous criminals. In 2012 alone, there were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession, but only 256,000 for cocaine, heroin, and their derivatives, according to the F.B.I. (New York Times). These…

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