Essay about Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

773 Words Mar 18th, 2015 4 Pages
For years and years, cannabis, or marijuana, has been illegal to use, posses, and distribute in the United States of America; but that is beginning to change. Many states have legalized the use of medical and recreational cannabis even though it is still considered illegal federally causing one of the biggest debated subjects this nation has ever seen. It all started in 1996 when “California voters passed Proposition 215, making the Golden State the first in the union to allow for the medical use of marijuana” ("State Medical," 2015). Now nineteen years later, a total of twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize the use of medical marijuana ("State Marijuana," 2015). Some states, however, have taken it further than just medical use. Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational purposes ("State Marijuana," 2015). One might wonder now why all these states are legalizing a drug that is still technically illegal? The states that have legalized marijuana are doing so because it will bring significant money to the state, and it will benefit those with medical problems that could be solved with cannabis. First, legalizing marijuana would bring in billions of dollars to the states. In fact, “Colorado, the first state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana, is expected to take in $60 million to $70 million this year in taxes from legal sales, according to the Denver Business Journal”…

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