The Modern Prohibition: Legalizing Marijuana
The fight over legalizing marijuana has been going on for many years. Many people are not aware of the huge impact legalizing marijuana would have. It has many medicinal uses, it is less harmful than alcohol and other legal drugs, and keeping it illegal is very expensive, and it. Prohibition did not work in the 1920’s, and it is surely not working again. One reason why marijuana should be legalized is, it would save our government a huge amount of money. In the United States, all levels of government (federal, state, and local authorities) participate in the "War on Drugs." Billions of dollars are spent each year on trying to prevent people from using marijuana, and putting people in prison for using it. Tax payers pay for food, housing, health care, attorney fees, court costs, and other expenses. Jails all over the country are over-crowded with people locked up for charges relating to marijuana. Most of these people are not harmful, and do not pose a threat to other people. There should be room for people who have committed serious crimes. The government could also make a profit if it was sold legally, and was taxed. The amount of revenue they could bring in astounding. Marijuana has a number of medicinal uses. It used to treat illnesses such as arthritis, epilepsy, glaucoma, migraines, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and many other things. It is also said to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The amount of chemicals in marijuana is nowhere near the amounts in normal medication people are prescribed. It is not physically addicting either. It is not a dangerous drug at all. There has been no recorded death due to marijuana. Alcohol and other legally obtainable prescription drugs cause much more harm than marijuana. Marijuana should be legalized because it has numerous medicinal uses, it is a valuable natural plant, and the amount of money the government could produce is amazing. Adding up all the information,...
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