The marijuana debate has been going on for quite some time now and slowly, but surely, states are making the right decision to legalize marijuana in some way or another. States have four options when it comes to marijuana: keep it illegal, legalize it for medical purposes, decriminalize marijuana, or fully legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana. Legalizing marijuana is the option which offers the greatest amount of benefits and the reasons are presented below.
Top 5 Reasons Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized
Legalizing marijuana would create a massive amount of jobs.
Think of the amount of specialty stores that will be opening up across the country once marijuana becomes legal. Each of these stores will be hiring several crew members and managers, but the jobs within the store aren’t the only ones that each store will create. There will also be jobs for the individuals transporting the product, growing the product, enhancing the product, and even researching the many benefits of the product. Each of these jobs will allow for these individuals, which would have been unemployed otherwise, to earn enough money to buy other products which would create even more jobs in the process. This is a classic example of the effects of an expanded economy due to a new product.
Legalizing marijuana would create a safer society.
Each week across the United States someone probably dies because of marijuana. However, it’s definitely not because they’re using it, but rather because they’re selling it. The effects of marijuana’s prohibition is identical to that of alcohol. In both situations we are placing the product in the hands of the criminal and, in doing so, we are giving them the power. Because marijuana is illegal we are allowing criminals to sell the product at artificially high rates which makes it an extremely lucrative product that criminals are willing to kill for. Nowadays drug cartels have taken up the role of the mafia in the days of alcohol prohibition. These drug cartels and drug dealers are doing whatever it takes to control their neighborhood’s sale of drugs and they are resorting to violence and gang wars in order to accomplish this goal. We are also placing the lives of our police force at risk whenever we make attempts to fight this unnecessary war on drugs. Also, by placing the nonviolent drug dealers and users in prisons we are encouraging them to continue with criminal behavior after finishing their sentence. This is because they are heavily exposed to the criminal mindset while in prison and also because the difficulty to re-enter the workforce, due to a criminal record, causes many individuals to resort to truly malignant crimes.
Legalizing marijuana would save the United States billions of dollars.
Each year the United States spends billions of dollars funding the war on drugs. All of this money goes to waste because of how detrimental the war on drugs is to our society. This money goes into purchasing an unnecessary amount of weapons and ammo, funding unnecessary drug enforcement missions, paying legal bills for prosecuting nonviolent drug dealers, and the prison expenses for imprisoning more people per capita than any other nation in the world. Also, because drug dealers work under the table they are able to claim unemployment benefits, food stamps, and welfare checks while also making their income from selling drugs. All of these programs, which were designed for the individuals in need of help, are being exploited by drug dealers.
Legalizing marijuana would allow the United States to generate more money.
If we legalize marijuana then all of the purchases will be appropriately taxed and all of the income from the individuals with these new jobs will also be appropriately taxed. This new tax revenue could easily provide some much needed funding to our public education or any other public program. The savings from legalization as well as the revenue attained from the appropriate taxing of this product could easily fund the majority of a college education of every poor student at a state college.
Marijuana does not pose a health risk.
Practically all of the health risks once associated with marijuana have yet to be proven. Actually, it seems that the opposite is true. Marijuana seems to have more medical uses than the majority of other drugs on the market. It has anti-inflammatory effects, pain killing effects, calming effects, mood enhancing effects, and can be used to treat the symptoms of several diseases and disorders. The amount of deaths due to an overdose on marijuana is exactly zero. The amount of deaths due to an overdose due to an “innocent” drug such as aspirin is much higher at 7,600 per year. Although it is possible that marijuana could have mild long-term side-effects, this is no reason to place an obviously ineffective ban on the drug. All drugs have side-effects including, but not limited to, caffeine, alcohol, aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and many others we consume on a daily basis to fit our needs. The major difference between those drugs and marijuana is its legality, which must change sooner rather than later.
As you can see the legalization and appropriate regulation of marijuana can lead to several benefits which extend much further than the person using the drug. You do not have to be a user of marijuana to understand that it would be beneficial to our country. You also do not have to be a user of this drug in order to advocate for its legalization. I, for example, have never used the drug, but take every opportunity to fight for the rights of those who would like to use it. The power to reform our laws and legalize marijuana is in your hands. Call up your local congressman and tell them you are in favor of the legalization of marijuana.
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