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Legalization of marijuana

Legalization of Marijuana (Cannabis) is highly logical in a day where alcohol and tobacco
products, (although restricted by age) are available to millions of people every day. Someone has
to wonder why there is such controversy about the proposal to legalize marijuana. Cannabis
would benefit the economy enabling new jobs in the U.S. The sale of Cannibas would benefit the
government as well with a tax. Being an illegal drug Cannabis has more helpful causes than

Of course, there are many arguments for both sides of this debated issue. Nonetheless,
Marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol and tobacco products and in some cases, marijuana has
already proven to be medicaly helpful. Marijuana, a plant with many uses, should be legalized
for crime deflation, medicinal help and tax purposes. Marijuana is, in truth, no more harmful than
currently sold alcohol and tobacco products in the U.S. In fact marijuana is no more harmfull
than sucking Helium. Each year, millions and millions of dollars are spent on health care issues
stemming from the use of alcohol and tobacco drugs: Studies have indicated that the toxins in
tobacco and that alcohol are addictive, cause birth defects, and cause many different cancers
which kill people. Many families have suffered hard ships because of over use of these drugs.
Fighting addictions, added to the cost of fighting cancer, has skyrocketed the amount of money
spent each year. Studies do not, however, indicate that marijuana is a “gateway drug,” one that
causes addiction . Perhaps the only reason that currently points to danger associated with
marijuana has more to do with the fact that because it is not currently government regulated for
the public use, marijuana does, occasionally, contain impurities that cause temporary nausea.
Perhaps under the FDA specifically, would guarantee a consistently pure product. Already, the
FDA has said that marijuana is helpful in treating nausea for cancer patients who are undergoing
chemotherapy. In addition the FDA supports the research that shows marijuana’s medicinal
potential in treating glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. Several studies have found that
“smoking marijuana reduces intraocular pressure…the main cause of this disease”. How can a
drug that the FDA endorses for purposes of healing and prevention be harmful that the general
population needs to be prohibited from its pleasurable effects?

Along with the medicinal purposes of marijuana, it will also help to reduce crime related
offenses. Police enforcement will save billions of dollars a year. Marijuana is illegal, only
criminals deal the drug and will at any point change the cost of their product. This causes anger
and frustration among their clients, which often erupts into violence and theft. Law enforcement
spends 9 billion dollars annually on cannabis arrests that would no longer be made. Because it is
illegal, marijuana is often used today in “shady places” and allowing legalization will decrease the
number of such meeting spots. The legalization of marijuana will also result in a decrease of jail
population, which will save millions and will result in less violence that often occurs from
overcrowded conditions.

Marijuana, just like alcohol and tobacco, could be taxed, the revenue of which would
result in billions of dollars that could be spent in areas needing further funding. One pack of
twenty joints could be sold the same amount as one pack of cigarettes, $3.50 a pack. From that
per pack amount, one-fourth the total cost would go directly to the government. For the
government to regulate and maintain affordable prices, it would tax the registered dealers but not
growers. “This means the sale of unregistered homegrown weed would be banned.” However,
“People could grow their own cannabis but only for personal use”. Another possible way to limit
abuse of the drug would be to “regulate consumers directly, as for instance, by issuing licenses to
buy/ sell/ or grow pot” ( Http://…economics.html ). The government could
impose a “regulation tax” of around $.50-1.00; such a tax on items is to help control the use,
which would, in turn, lower the potential for abuse of a substance. These taxes alone would raise
around $2.2-$6.4 billion a year. This tax is only one of several cumulative taxes that would be
imposed to support the legalization of marijuana.