March 18, 2012
“The debate over the legalization of Cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, has been one of the most controversial issues ever to occur in the United States” (Legalizing). “Marijuana is the mind-altering substance produced from a plant with the scientific name Cannabis sativa. The drug is used because its primary active chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol, may induce relaxation and heighten the senses” (NDIC). Marijuana is unnecessary to be illegal because many advantages can come out of using the product not just for smoking but for other uses. Marijuana being illegal causes more problems than it solves; legalization will help grow the economy, will not harm but benefit users from side effects, and reduce violence.
By legalizing marijuana you will help make the economy grow. Taxing marijuana will increase revenues because taxing alcohol and cigarettes raises a great amount of money, adding marijuana to the pot will boost revenues even higher. It will also open trade with other countries. Most of the marijuana is produced outside of America and by legalizing it, it will remove the barrier of trading with outside countries. Another reason that it helps the economy grow is marijuana will have many industrial and commercial uses: “Aside from recreational drug use, Cannabis has several industrial and commercial uses, as over 25,000 products can be made from the crop” (Messerli). Some of these products include paper, insect repellent, and insulation.
Aside from expanding the economy, legalizing marijuana will not harm anyone and people will benefit from using it. When a person uses marijuana if they are in pain this drug will ease it. Smoking marijuana relaxes your muscles therefore eases you pain from being tensed up. It also helps cancer patients endure their treatment. Doctors prescribe marijuana to cancer patients during chemotherapy to help with depression, nausea, and...