Why Marijuana Should Be Legal

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Hillmont Talada 1
Danielle Cook
English 1010
February 22, 2010

Why marijuana should be legal

Some people ask why marijuana should be legalized. But, perhaps, we should ask why

marijuana is illegal? Contrary to public opinion and current law there are more reasons for

marijuana to be legalized than for it to remain illegal. Marijuana cost taxpayers billions of

dollars, it is less harmful than other pharmaceutical drugs including alcohol and tobacco, it

provides medical benefits, and for some cultures it is used in their ritual. If marijuana was

legal it would benefit both those who use and those who don’t use because of tax revenue.

The US Government spends $10-$15 billion on the war against marijuana every

year (Nadelmann par. 3).When in fact if marijuana was legal, the government could tax it and

make billions. The revenue used could be for healthcare education, and other government

programs. As a result to marijuana being legal crime rate would go down seeing how there is

700,000 arrests per year for marijuana offenses roughly 600,000 or 87% of marijuana arrest are

nothing more than possession of small amounts.(Nadelmann par. 3). 2

According to the National Rreview, Amaricans spend 10 to 15 billion dollars a year on tidally

possession charges. In fact, Harvard economics, professor Jeffrey Miron includes that marijuana

legalization would create approximately 14 billion in benefits every year. According to a

recent study by the Fraser Institute, the marijuana industry in British Columbia generates billions

of dollars in revenue every year. This is a potential source of significant tax revenue, The

government can't tax marijuana if it is illegal. In conclusion if marijuana was legal the United

States would have more money to spend toward education and many other government funded


Alcohol is legal and, in fact, alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs, Using a significant

Amount of alcohol to get to the desired effect can lead to death. Marijuana is one of if not the

least toxic drug, requires thousand times the dose one would use to get the desired effect

to lead to death, speaking theoretically since there has never been a recorded case of marijuana

overdose. However, alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States

each year.

Tobacco is the second leading cause of death in the world, responsible for roughly

5 million deaths each year, Nicotine, a chemical found in tobacco, is highly addictive. With

tobacco we have a naturally grown substance resembling marijuana except that marijuana is

illegal. Specifically marijuana has no chemicals added to make it addictive, so if we have two

natural grown products why is one legal and the other illegal. Is marijuana illegal because it's

mind altering and tobacco is not?

Besides alcohol and tobacco, we have prescription drugs which is letting the new

generation of kids get high with out that drug dealer on the corner. Kids can run right to

mom and dad's medicine cabinet to get high. Most painkillers prescribed today are opiates,

which are basically pharmaceutical grade heroin. Depending on what is prescribed how close to

heroin the opiate is, Furthermore prescription drugs are much more dangerous than marijuana

is and they are legal when prescribed. So far there is no legal narcotic that is more beneficial than

marijuana. Nevertheless marijuana is the only illegal one. So why is marijuana illegal?

Marijuana can be used for multiple medical reasons. Medical marijuana has a long


history of medicinal use with evidence dating back to 2000 B.C. Medical marijuana has been

shown to relieve chronic...
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