Marijana Should Be Legal

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Billy Ramsey
Mr. Murphy
English 10
23 May 2012
Legalizing Marijuana
Regulating and licensing the growth of marijuana in the United States will create new revenue and jobs for the farming industry. Legitimizing marijuana will generate hundred of millions of dollars for state and local governments. While providing a safer relief from suffering, the legalization of marijuana in the United States will also generate new business opportunities, create new jobs and save billions by not fighting the war on drugs. Smoke it, eat in, chew it or brew it - Cannabis sativa. Grown almost anywhere, Marijuana is obtained from this tall annual hemp plant. Its leaves resemble an open palm with five to seven leaflets. The leaves are sticky with resin and each plant is male or female. For the relief of headaches, menstrual cramps and toothaches THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, relieves symptoms of illness. During the 1920’s and prohibition the use of marijuana grew and continued to grow daily. In 1937, 46 states banned the use of marijuana (“Marijuana”). From the Spanish names Maria and Juana (Mary and Jane) marijuana has many names. Mary Jane, pot, grass and herb are just a few. Currently, thirteen states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes (“Marijuana”). Marijuana reduces symptoms of appetite loss, depression, pain, spasticity, drooling and weakness. Marijuana is far safer than many painkillers which doctors can already prescribe legally and unlike marijuana, many prescribed drugs carry ferocious side effects (“Marijuana”). Sixteen states currently have some form of legal marijuana laws in place. Recent polls show 74% of Americans approve of medical marijuana use, and 50% of Americans approve of its use without medical restrictions, and yet it’s use has been prohibited by the federal government for decades. As history proves, prohibition is a breeding ground for serious criminal activity. Prohibition is not the answer. Being educated on the facts surrounding marijuana will allow informed decision to be made. The activists pointed out the fiscal madness of spending billions over decades on failed attempts to stop people from using a benign weed (“Marijuana”). Our economy could only benefit from this $14 billion business. Legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purpose has been proven effective. The good greatly exceeds the bad. Stop spending taxpayer’s money to fight the cause. Legalize marijuana. Selling and growing marijuana is a $14-billion-a-year industry, and hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes for the state and local Californian governments. Legitimizing the business might also help the overall economy by offering opportunities for growers, retailers, and even obvious enterprises such as cannabis testing labs (Lacter, Mark). $50 per ounce excise tax brings $400 million in sales tax. This would be a serious windfall for a state so badly in debt, and is frequently cited in speeches supporting Proposition 19 (Lacter, Mark). Harvard economist, Jeffery Miron, found that California spends $960 million a year on marijuana law enforcement (“Marijuana”). Fully legalizing marijuana in the state of California is literally around the corner. Remarkably, they could be right: Proposition 19, the ballot initiative that would have legalized pot, lost by a closer-than-expected 53.5 percent-to-46.5 percent margin in November. Public Policy Institution of California shows a 49 percent-to-49 percent split on general question of legalization (Barbour, Scott).

The marijuana industry would increase revenue, create new jobs, increase tax revenue for states and local governments, decrease law enforcement and incarceration, and create new educational opportunities. Growing marijuana indoors is highly inefficient (Shenk, Joshua Wolf). Indoor growth of marijuana is very expensive and uses too much electricity. Allowing the outdoor growth of this product will reduce cost production and lower the cost of raw materials....
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