The Benefits Of Legalization Of Marijuana

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Herb. Pot. Grass. Weed. Whatever word you may use for it, Marijuana, is a very relevant and largely debated topic in our country. During this past election a lot of changes have been made on certain states’ stances on the use and sale of Medicinal and Recreational Marijuana. Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia all have legalized the use and sale of Recreational Marijuana, while several other states have legalized the use and sale of Medicinal Marijuana. After the legalization the benefits were seen instantaneously, such as bringing in tremendous amounts of revenue, to improving schools, to a drop in crime rate. After seeing the benefits that followed the legalization, I thought to myself, “why don’t we legalize …show more content…
The amount of revenue that legalization would bring in would be very substantial and improve every state incredibly. In Colorado as of August 2015 “Baca reports that the state has earned over $60 million dollars in marijuana tax revenue so far this year” (O’Connell). This money goes far in improving schools and other public institutions. With revenue like this in one state alone, imagine what the revenue would be if all 50 states combined. The number would be enormous. “Baca quoted a local Colorado superintendent, who said that $40 million would fund the construction of “two well-equipped elementary schools, or one well-equipped middle school with an athletic field”” (O’Connell). However, the money is more useful in improving all current schools, rather than building new schools completely, so brand new schools will be rare but definitely a …show more content…
Another reason this is so difficult is the grueling approval process.
“While a cancer study may first be evaluated by the National Cancer Institute, or a pain study may go through the National Institute for Neurological Disorders, there is one more approval required for marijuana: NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It is an organization that has a core mission of studying drug abuse, as opposed to benefit. This is exactly the reason that critics of the drug are so persistent to remain opposed to the drug”

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