The legalization and decriminalization of cannabis/ marijuana would be beneficial to economic growth in the United States. There are many reasons to support this. First, the decriminalization of marijuana would save time and money spent on prosecuting suspects accused of possession and/or use of marijuana. This time and money could be better spent on other things like the school systems, road ways, and police departments. As a result this will also open up room in the jails and prisons for the harder criminals, like robbers, murderers, carjackers, and rapist.
Second, by decimalizing and legalizing marijuana, the government would be able to regulate and tax it. By regulating it, this will improve the quality of the product, as well as decrease the chance of criminal alteration. Right now users of marijuana have to worry about getting a laced product. This can be very hazardous to the user as it could be laced with a highly addictive drug or a deadly one. Also this will stop otherwise law abiding citizens from having to deal with criminals. By taxing it, this will bring in more money for the state and nation. Making it legal will also take money out of the hands of criminals and put it into the hands of legitimate business.
According to the article Medical Marijuana: Putting the power where it belongs (by Marcia Tiersky), in 1972, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (MORML) began litigation to try to force the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to reschedule marijuana as a Schedule II drug. More than a decade of litigation culminated in an appellate court decision that remanded the issue of rescheduling to an administrative law judge for evaluation. Administrative Law Judge Francis Young was asked to evaluate evidence on the question of whether there is any “currently accepted medical use” of marijuana. Young noted that “there is accepted safety for use of marijuana under medical supervision.” Based on these findings of fact, Young recommended the rescheduling of marijuana to Schedule II. The Administrator of the DEA promptly responded by ignoring Young’s conclusions and denied the petition for the rescheduling of marijuana, indicating that there was insufficient scientific evidence to support the claims made.
Along with the money taxing will bring in, legalizing marijuana will also open up a new job market. The government will need people to grow marijuana for retail. The government can issue growing license’s to allow farmers to grow marijuana for businesses. This will bring in more money from the license fees. With all this new money coming in, our government would be able to work on getting out of dept. This in its self would help the economy.
Besides all the financial reasons to legalize marijuana, there are the medical reasons as well. First, let’s get some myths out of the way. Marijuana is not a gateway drug despite commercial propaganda. In the eleven years that I have been exposed to marijuana, I have known many people who all they have ever done is marijuana. These people have no intention of ever trying anything else, even though they have access to the harder drugs. Some don’t even smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. How can this be called a gateway drug? People who move on to harder drugs would have done so even if they had not tried cannabis. Second, cannabis is not a hallucinogenic. I have never known any one who has tried marijuana to report that they have hallucinated.
Now that we have the myths out of the way, let’s look at the medical properties of marijuana. Marijuana has been shown to be safer than most prescription drugs and less addictive as well. There are no withdrawal symptoms from cannabis as there are with some legal drugs. The research has shown little to no evidence to suggest that cannabis has any harmful side effects. In fact most of the research shows that marijuana has little to no side effects. Here is a list of some of the...