Essay on Legalization Of Weed

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Legalization Of Weed

In this country, we are locked in a war we simply cannot win. We strive to protect
over 10,000 miles of border, against enemies who are driven by the lure of a huge profit.
We fought a version of this war before with prohibition, and we lost that one. All that has
really resulted from this war is the overcrowding of prisons, the expansion of law
enforcement's ability to infringe on the personal lives of ordinary citizens, paranoia and
distrust. If its not obvious already, I am referring to the war on drugs, marijuana in
specific. Why spend millions of dollars fighting a war that can not be won? Legalizing
marijuana would not only make the government money, but also improve society as a
whole.
To most the financial reasons for ending the war are the most convincing. For
example, it costs over $30,000 per year to house a prisoner - this does not include
processing and legal fees. There are over 1.5 million non-violent drug law offenders in
prison right now, and this number is increasing daily. That means we are spending a
minimum of $45 billion per year keeping former tax-paying citizens locked up with
murderers and rapists. When these people get out of jail, they will have criminal records
which will make it nearly impossible to get a decent job. Most of whom had jobs and
were contributing to the economy in some way.
The United States spend $37 billion per year funding police efforts to fight the
war on drugs.. Recent evidence suggests the CIA has been involved in drug-trafficking to
fund its own private wars. Currently there is over $150 billion worth of drug traffic that
remains untaxed. If you figure a tax rate of 15%, that is a total of $22.5 billion of taxes
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