Benefits Of Recreational Marijuana

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The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana "Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use". These words were addressed by the former president of the United States, Jimmy Carter in 1977 who supported the legalization of marijuana (Puschak 2012). The use of marijuana has been a controversial issue in the United States for decades. Marijuana also is known as cannabis is used for medical and recreational purposes. The main ingredient in marijuana that causes a high is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). At the federal level, marijuana is illegal, but some states have legalized it for medical purposes, some for recreational use and other states such as Pennsylvania, have decriminalized it. Taxing and regulating marijuana will boost the revenue for the United States, the prison population would decrease since people aren't going to prison for using or possessing marijuana lastly, people would have a safer and easier way of getting marijuana instead of purchasing it off the black market. Marijuana is the number one drug used by teenagers and young adults, therefore legalizing marijuana would increase the economy and it would be safer for the community. The Prohibition of Marijuana has been one of the most controversial aspects of the war on drugs. Marijuana, like other

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