Legalizing marijuana could “save $7.7 billion per year in sate and federal expenditures” as well as provide tax revenues for both state and federal governments (Source A, 1). There are many befits to legalizing marijuana, and just the economical benefits alone are enough to have it legalized. It would only have positive effects on the economy as money would be spent on workers, people would buy the marijuana, street pharmacists (drug dealers) would not be making any money, and the government could save lots of money as well as getting more tax revenue. Marijuana should be legalized because worse drugs can be bought over the counter, it can help the nation, it can be used for paper or as a bio-fuel, and most importantly it would save the government lots and lots of money.
When someone is stressed out they can go to the bar get wasted and forget all of their problems. Marijuana can do the same thing for anyone, a few hits (puffs of smoke) and you’ll feel like your on top of the world. You will get rather energetic and then become very lazy after a few minutes of being somewhat hyper, similar to alcohol. Smoking weed will normally get you high for two through three hours, sometimes up to six, if you have some of the good stuff. Drinking alcoholic beverages, assuming someone drinks two beers, they would be drunk for anywhere from one through four hours depending on factors such as body weight, tolerance, and alcoholic content. The time for being drunk or high is about the same for one blunt of weed when compared to two beers. When someone is drunk or high they tend to do rather stupid things. In the 1920’s alcohol prohibition was an epic fail. It was a waste of the governments money trying to stop people from obtaining alcohol. History tends to repeat itself. Since the1970’s the government has been attempting to prohibit the consumption and selling of marijuana. Epic fail. “Millions of otherwise law abiding citizens use the drug [marijuana] to get ‘high’ ” (Source D, 1). Lots of other wise law abiding citizens drank alchohol , which at that time was illegal. When alcohol was being bought during the prohibition of it, the money was going mostly to criminals and mobsters that used the money for their own needs. “Marijuana is not a lethal drug and is safer than alcohol” (Source E, 2). People drive when their high all the time, but you never hear about many accidents by high drivers, you hear about alcohol causing more accidents than weed. That’s because alcohol is worse than marijuana. Buying marijuana from a drug dealer most likely means your supporting a gang and your fueling them by putting your money into the black market. If the government were smart, they would listen to the “500+ economists” who “endorse marijuana legalization” and realize that the benefits of marijuana legalization greatly outweigh the negatives (Source A, 1).
“The illegal imports of drugs into the United States is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, all of the profit going to criminals, killers, and dangerous organizations” (Source B, 1). The black market in America is fueled by illegal drug sales with marijuana being the top profit drug for most gangs. Marijuana can be expensive on the streets, costing $40-$500 per ounce. Most of the time this money does go to funding people who do more illegal activities which are far worse than smoking weed. Legalizing marijuana would force the black market to find another profitable drug. Less people would be considered criminals if weed were legalized. The black market for marijuana “would be entirely eliminated and the immense expenditure on both the war on drugs and the sale of drugs could be turned to far more practical applications” if it were legalized (Source B, 1).
The part of marijuana that isn’t smoked, hemp, could be used for the “production of cloth, paper, and canvas” as well as being used as a bio-fuel (Source F, 2). This would not only help the economy, but also the environment as hemp produces a lot of clean air by photosynthesis and absorbs carbon dioxide to produce the oxygen it releases. “Marijuana can grow almost anywhere thus there is little danger of a weak crop and falling profits”(Source D, 1).
By being able to grow almost anywhere and have a high success rate of growing makes marijuana production very predictable and will give almost guaranteed profits and prices. Hemp could be used and sold as paper rather than cutting down trees. No land would have to be destroyed to make marijuana fields due to it being able to grow anywhere. Using the hemp from marijuana plants would save money by recycling the bio-degradable material into different kinds of products.
The government could save loads of money, and make loads of it if they legalized marijuana. Marijuana, if legalized, could “generate $6.2 billion annually” if it were taxed similarly to alcohol (Source A, 1). “Through federal regulation, marijuana use can be made safe and profitable for all involved parties. It would benefit the economy by adding revenue and tax money… ,and it would benefit society by allowing police to concentrate on violent criminals. The only real losers are those who stand to profit from the illegal sale of marijuana and the transportation of the drug into the U.S (Source B, 1). For granted that the government will inevitably waste the tax dollars (Iraq war) at least the money spent on marijuana won’t be going to the black market. Seeing as millions of people smoke weed everyday and the government spends billions to try and stop them, and fail at stopping them, they should legalize marijuana.
Barrack Obama, George W. Bush, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, and many other politicians have smoked weed before. The President of the United States has smoked weed before, if weed were so bad and caused brain damage like some studies have claimed why is our President a former pothead? He use to “inhale frequently”. President’s get to their positions by being smart and if weed were that bad for you Obama wouldn’t be smart. Two of our past presidents, Bill Clinton and George Bush also smoked weed before. The thing about politicians who smoke weed is that they’re hypocrites, none of the mentioned politicians wants to legalize marijuana. Many other famous people such as athletes, Michael Phelps, and many actors, Cheech and Chong, have smoked weed.
Many disadvantages to society will arise with the legalization of marijuana, but it basically already is accepted by most of society. Police only arrest people who are smoking weed once in a great while. People walk down the streets of New York sometimes smoking weed. Their not afraid to get caught because they know the police don’t really care, unless they have a large amount of weed. If weed were legalized our society would become less stressed and people would feel less obligated to do things. Not that bad of a thing. In Netherlands where weed is highly tolerated, “the standard of living is high”(Source F, 2) If Americans were to let loose once in awhile and smoke a blunt then we could be like the Netherlands, which by the way has a booming economy partly because of marijuana sales (Source F, 2).
Marijuana should be legalized very soon as the economy could be stimulated, the government would save and make money, alcohol is worse than marijuana, famous people have smoked marijuana, and there would be very little negative effects on society. Legalizing marijuana would not only have economical benefits, but it could help the environment, and all of society. Legalizing marijuana would have many benefits and should be done very soon as many of Americas problems could be solved by legalizing it.
Mofatt, Mike. Time to Legalize Marijuana?- 500+ Economists Endorse Marijuana Legalization. (Source A)
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Times, High. The Top Ten Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legalized. Alternative medicine. 1 Sept. 2007.. (Source E)
Roddy, Deanna. The Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana. Social. 5 Mar. 2010. Socialcorporateresponsibility.com (Source F)