May 15, 2014
Legalization of Marijuana
In today’s society marijuana is commonly used my many teens and adults. Whether it is for medical reasons, socializing, obtaining a high, or escaping depression; marijuana has impacted the lives of humans in a lively manner. Even though marijuana is an illegal drug, it does not stop people from getting a hold of it. There is only so much law enforcement can do if the people choose not to listen. Although it affects the brain functions such as a person’s memory, coordination, learning, and the ability to problem solve; allowing it to stay illegal causes no difference in the use, but inflicts on more important issues that need to be dealt with.
The legalization of marijuana has the potential to boost the U.S economy. A report authored by Professor Jeffrey A. Miron that highlights the potential economic benefits of marijuana decriminalization states that “legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana would do wonders to reduce inflated budgets and generate new revenue streams” (Benson). If marijuana was legalized, citizens could grow and sell it which would inject new life into the economy. Also “[R]eplacing prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation would save $7.7 billion per year in state and federal expenditures on prohibition enforcement and produce tax revenues of at least $2.4 billion annually if marijuana were taxed like most consumer goods” (Benson). A large amount of money is made through taxation of alcohol and tobacco. The legalization of marijuana would add another item that could be taxed. Just by how fast it would sell, and all the money the government would make; there is no question that the idea of legalizing marijuana would be a smart thing to do.
Marijuana should be legal for medical purposes. Unlike many of the other drugs out there, marijuana can be used to help treat certain illnesses. Psychiatrist Tod H. Mikuriya who helped develop proposition 215,...