Economic Benefits of the Legalization of Marijuana Essay

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The Economic Benefits of the Legalization of Marijuana
Crimes related to marijuana have gotten out of control in our society. With more than 750,000( people arrested annually on charges related to marijuana it's clear that a change needs to occur. A clear choice would be to crack down on the sale and manufacture of marijuana, but the smarter choice would be to legalize it. There are many economic benefits to the legalization of marijuana. The economic benefits that producers and consumers would receive are numerous, the tax that could be placed on a product would make the government a main benefactor as well, as well as the money saved on the enforcement of marijuana prohibition. The first argument for
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One person is arrested for marijuana every 42 seconds." ( These numbers show just how outrageous the war against marijuana users has gotten. With an all time record breaking number of 755,186 arrests in 2003 (, it is clear just how outrageous it is.
The next strong reason to legalize marijuana would be the benefit the government would receive at all levels through savings on enforcement of marijuana prohibition. Currently the government spends nearly $12 billion annually on marijuana prohibition enforcement ( This $12 billion annually is spent on the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), border control, prison systems, and many other programs. If the government were to legalize marijuana all of the people employed by the government could be placed elsewhere doing things like apprehending murderers, terrorists, rapists, and other criminals that cause harm to society. Or this $12 billion annually could be spent towards things like: improving our school systems, concentrating on drugs that are detrimental to our society like methamphetamines or heroin, or it could be put toward eliminating our nation's debt. Also, the National Drug Control Strategy is asking for $11,679,300, 000.34 this year (Walters p. 6). Over $11 billion dollars unnecessarily spent on trying to control marijuana usage. Together, nearly $24 billion dollars that is coming out of the American
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