The legalization of marijuana may be a very good choice for the states and federal government. The laws against marijuana were not put in place because of the country running around with a “buzz.” It was enacted because hemp was used so much for making products in our society, the demands for other products produced by some large farmers were down. These large farmers had major friends in the political arena that enacted the law for political reasons. Simply the same politics that we have today.
Marijuana (Hemp) was used in multiple manufacturing products. It was used for making paper, ropes, textiles, biodegradable plastics, health food, fuel, and medical purposes. Just like prohibition, when the sale of alcohol was legal again, the crime associated with bootlegging and corruption mostly disappeared. This would also be true, but on a larger scale, if marijuana were legalized.
For those of you that are intelligent and understand the world, let’s look at it this way. If marijuana were legalized then the “black market” of growing it and selling it would simply dissolve. There would be no need for drug cartels to cross our border, shoot at our border agents and civilians, because marijuana could be grown legally here at a much cheaper cost. They would be put out of business with the United States overnight. A lot of drug dealers here would also be out of work.
Now let us look at the economic side of this. We would have another product to grow and sell. Not only could it be used for recreational use, which many people associate marijuana to but also, it would be another item that would be taxed through sales and needed permits. Again the production of hemp, which is low-grade marijuana, would flourish and if paper was again made out of hemp the amount of trees cut down each year could be cut considerably. This would be good for the environment, right? Processed hemp would be sold internationally which would help our economy. It could compete with illegal growing of marijuana in other countries and we could become a major market in industrial products made out of hemp.
For those of intelligent minds, the major objection is the recreational use. Those who smoke marijuana are doing it illegally so most of them would continue using it anyway. On the good side of this, murders for the theft of marijuana would disappear. Burglaries for the reason of raising drug money would go down. Health benefits of a crop being grown under the eye of the Department of Agriculture would be safer than what comes from illegal operations. The destruction of homes used as grow houses and the theft of electricity would all but disappear also. Now many of these reasons surely out weigh the people that are going to smoke marijuana anyway.
Medicinal marijuana does have some advantages. There are documented uses for marijuana to treat different things that have been going on for centuries. Some are real and some are just myths. Like many herbs, more complex examination needs to be performed to find alternatives to the poisonous chemicals our pharmaceutical companies are forcing on us. The drug companies do not want marijuana legalized because it does have some medicinal values. The bottom line is it will affect their bottom line and they may loose some money. A smart drug company would do extensive research on marijuana and produce a safe medicine out of it for some of the ailments that it does help.
The monetary advantages of legalized marijuana would simply put billions back into our economy instead of some secret closet for some drug dealer. It would make our borders and cities safer. It would put more people to work. If you look at it from all sides, it would be a smart thing to do.