The Debate Over the Legalization of Marijuana Essay

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Puff, Puff, Pass the Legalization of Marijuana Many people crave the moment where they can just sit down, relax, and enjoy some free time. They could perhaps take a nice walk in a park, or possibly sit down and enjoy a movie on T.V. However, a large sum of people nationwide chooses to participate in a certain recreational activity to find their relaxation: smoking Marijuana. In fact, “Washington and Colorado are the first to allow adults to use the drug for recreational purposes” (Legalizing Marijuana, par 1). Unfortunately for half of our nation’s population, the use of the plant, Cannabis, was deemed illegal. “Before 1937, marijuana was freely bought, sold, grown, and smoked in the United States. Since that time, all of these activities …show more content…
A study by a man named Jeffrey Miron, a senior lecturer at Harvard University, shows that an average of $8.7 billion is spent of law enforcement every year (Sledge, par 1). That is a large sum of money that could be spent on more resourceful causes such as public educational programs who definitely are in need of help. Economists have signed a petition in regards of people taking count of Miron’s findings. It also suggests that $7.7 billion could be saved if marijuana was legalized because the government would not have to spend money to enforce prohibition. Along with that $7.7 billion, the United States could earn around $6 billion a year on the taxing of pot similar to the taxes on products such as cigarettes and alcohol. (Sledge, par 3). Washington, who last November voted for the legalization of marijuana, recently dismissed 220 cases related to the use of pot (Sledge, par 8). Already, the state is proving to be an example of how money can be saved due to lack of prosecution towards cases related to pot.
Another example of how it would behoove the government to legalize marijuana is again related to the economy. Economists have been searching for ways to lessen our economic deficit. Instead of cutting programs around the towns or in schools, add a source of income to the government; taxing of marijuana. Many programs need more money to stay alive; many schools across the United States have cut athletics and arts

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