Disadvantages Of Legalizing Marijuana

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The damage of legalizing marijuana will outweigh the benefits of its use. In this day and age, we as humans suffer already from the vices and sin that is pushed upon us. Recently, many states have begun the process of legalizing (thus making extremely accessible) yet another vice that many struggle with, marijuana. At this point there are currently 23 states with marijuana legal in some form and even for states where it is legal for recreational use. This country was founded on Christian values but it seems as the years progress we tend to stay further and further away from it. Many struggle with alcohol, which, in reality, is just poisoning our body, and we can add the possibility of marijuana to that list. We as a country, in good conscience, …show more content…
One of the greatest reasons for legalization is the positive effect it would have on the economy. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:10). In many states where it has already been legalized the economy has been boosted to heights that never thought possible before. The tax on the drug for recreational use is moderate enough to bring in a huge amount of profit. All branches of states can benefit from this such as schools, official government buildings, and even roads and all. The state of Colorado which recently has legalized the use of marijuana is now bringing in approximately $30 million worth of taxable revenue a month and it has been estimated that if the state of California were to tax and regulate the use of marijuana they would be looking at raising $1.4 billion in EXTRA revenue per year. “Through heavy taxes, Colorado has collected tens of millions in the first year of marijuana legalization” (Markus 1). With that kind of money the marijuana industry could easily become one of the biggest in our country and be constant source of income added to the income we already have. The fear that the country would fall into utter chaos as a result of pot being used recreationally is completely unfounded because as time has shown the only major …show more content…
It is commonly thought that those who smoke weed are more likely onvolved with other drugs since they have already experimented with marijuana. “Some opponents of legalizing marijuana believe that individuals involved in illegal buying and selling of the drugs are more likely than average to be involved in other crimes” (White 3). The claim is that the money that is required to purchase marijuana many times is taken or stolen since they need quick cash to buy it from dealers. Law enforcement also says that smoking marijuana impairs judgment in many situations that can possibly result in the risking of lives that do not need to be risked. Sadly, in reality there is not as many arguments that will substantially stand up against all the pros for the legalization of marijuana and thus it may end up inevitably happening no matter what opposition comes against it. Too much thought has been put into making marijuana appear to be a safe drug and have no ill side effects, at least none worse than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. Scientists and many others who promote the use of marijuana have put forth painstaking years and time into constructing the idea that marijuana is not as bad as we all believe and that there are no moral bindings with doing it. The mainstream media is even leaning towards pushing the country

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