Legal Marijuana Regulation

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John Black
English
4/11/2011
Legal Regulation of Marijuana and Hemp
The concept of marijuana and hemp legalization has been heavily debated over the past 80 years. The current problem with marijuana and hemp in our country is that it is illegal, and proper legalization would be more beneficial than prohibition. There are many supporters of cannabis, and only a few who still oppose this movement. Since marijuana's first recorded use dating back five thousand years ago, it has never gained much popularity until the last century with prohibition and antiwar movements. Now propositions to legalize the plant have risen and been subject to controversy and heated debate. Even though the government has portrayed marijuana as a harmful substance millions of people use it every day. According to Rachael Baldwin “It is estimated that 20 million Americans have used marijuana in the past year”. This estimation was given in 2007, and this number has grown significantly by today. Statistics from the alcohol-and-drug-guide say “marijuana use in the USA is high since over 40% of the population has tried marijuana at least once and that this figure rises to over half the population between the age of 18 and 50 years”. While marijuana use is rapidly growing, the United States national debt has never been so high, and with the search to cure diseases going on, marijuana has the potential to solve many problems if it were to be legalized and regulated. A change in our current policies would greatly impact the U.S. economy. The regulation of marijuana and hemp would save tax payers and law enforcement agencies a large amount of money. The legalization of marijuana alone could also generate billions of dollars in tax revenue every year. Even with these possible economic benefits, people view marijuana as a dangerous and hard drug. This is a common misconception that has been created by the government to construct a negative image for marijuana and hemp. There are actually...
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