Argumentative Essay On Legalization Of Marijuana

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Marijuana has been used by mankind for thousands of years. It has been used medically, recreationally, and for various other purposes since it was first discovered. But in recent years, Marijuana has become a symbol of rebellion and laziness, thanks in part to the War on Drugs. Many argue for and against its legalization but there is one thing that they can agree on; the legalization of Marijuana for Medical and Recreational uses will have a tremendous impact on society and the cultures of the United States. The use of Marijuana dates back hundred of years. Marijuana is known to help open blood vessels which reduces high blood pressure. Because of its known medical benefits, Marijuana is slowly becoming legal for medical use across the…show more content…
On the other hand, with consumption of Marijuana now legal, people and cities are spending thousands on it each year. One example in Colorado states: “In 2014 and 2015, nearly $6 million in pot revenues have been distributed to local governments. But the cost of increased law enforcement, drugged-driving incidents, fatal crashes, loss of productivity and a huge spike in gang-related crime bring into question the cost-benefit of those dollars” (Haun). Because of this, the economic effects have been both widely positive and widely negative. Many remember former president Richard Nixon for the Watergate Scandal, but one of his greater long lasting impacts was his effect on how America views Marijuana because of his “War on Drugs”. One of his advisors, John Ehrlichman, stated: “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up
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