February 22, 2014
University of Phoenix
Kevin L. Maevers, MA
What would happened if our government decided to legalize marijuana and tax it? Wouldn’t it be a huge change in our country, especially since America is still in debt? Legalizing marijuana can reduce the amount of American money going to international criminal gangs and increase our own economy. We could make enough money to get out of debt and provide needed and generous funding of many important criminal justice and social programs. Legalizing Marijuana will not just make money for our government, but SAVE money for our government. Legalization this drug won’t just help our economy but it could have some medical value and effect on our agricultural products and law enforcements. The hemp plant is a valuable natural resource. If marijuana were to be legalized, there would be no more confusion about hemp and it could allow this country to take advantage of hemp’s industrial and agricultural uses. Countries such as Canada, have been able to support legal hemp cultivation without making marijuana legal; however, in the U.S. opposition to legal marijuana is still the biggest problem to development of industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural product. The United States energy policy still continues to promote and encourage the development of bio-fuels as an alternative to oil dependency and also as a way to decrease carbon emissions. It is very essential to develop industrial hemp as a bio-fuel source, especially because the use of hemp acts as a fuel source and it will not increase the price of food such as corn, nor will food demands rise.
I believe that law enforcement has many more important responsibilities than arresting thousands of people each year for possession of marijuana. Especially knowing how expensive the positioning of each of these cases costs. Arresting individuals for marijuana possession is not only wasting jail...
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