The Benefits Of Legalizing Marijuana

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Marijuana is one of the most used recreational drugs in the United States of America. It can be consumed in ways such as eating, smoking or pill form. Marijuana has been argued about for many years in the United States. In 1937, the United States declared possession and use of marijuana be illegal. Due to the law that marijuana has become illegal, there have been many cases where using the drug leads to some serious legal consequences. In 2008 alone, hundreds of millions of people in the United States were using illegal drugs; between 123 and 203 million were using marijuana (Armentano). There is a lot of research that has proved that marijuana is not addictive, even though there is almost an equal number who believe marijuana can be addictive. …show more content…
What some people may not know is that there are many addictive drugs available that consumers can take more advantage of and also not suffer for any criminal consequences because they are legal. Drugs such as an alcohol, tobacco and opioid pills are legal and those are the type of drugs that people use and abuse and develop an addiction. Since marijuana is illegal, more people fall into a category of having some sort of "drug dependence" for using it. Not because of what they are addicted, but the criminal justice law enforces it (Marijuana: The Facts). Most people at this time are focusing on marijuana and less on alcohol and cigarettes as being addictive. People with serious health issues are now employing marijuana to feel less pain. This has been proven as an effective medicine. Benefits to cigarettes and alcohol use have never been found. “Even activists now concede that marijuana is addictive for 10% of regular users- making it less addictive than alcohol 15% and much less addictive than cigarettes 32%, which are, they point out, perfectly legal." (Ferguson) Alcohol is more highly addictive than marijuana because the alcohol is more toxic and harmful to the body, leading to more interpersonal violence than marijuana. Marijuana can become psychologically addictive but the body does not develop a serious dependency like alcohol. Marijuana doesn’t cause lung cancer but cigarettes do. …show more content…
“For the state, the banking problem makes money harder to track, harder to tax and harder to regulate.” (Altman) State law expect marijuana businesses to have security cameras and whoever have marijuana stores need to take more seriously responsibility because marijuana owners have suffered from robberies. State government is making it difficult for owners of dispensaries to keep their money safe by refusing to allow them to open bank accounts. They put them in risk of robberies and other thing happened to the owners, which is not great. According to the author, “Federal law prevents banks from transacting with businesses connected to so called Schedule I drugs.” (Altman) Federal law and Federal banks are refusing some of owner’s marijuana money because they want to be neutral. Employer and banks had been accepting their banks to deposit and save money from owners marijuana business. However it is more risky for the owner of marijuana business because what they had been going through and experienced like robberies, marijuana dispensary stores broken into. Owners have been tortured. The state would make more money on taxes if they allowed the storeowners to keep their money in the banks. Today, Marijuana has been legalized in some states, which affects the availability of allowing legal users access but leads

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