Legalization Of Marijuana Should Be Legal

930 Words Nov 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Since the 1970’s, marijuana has increasingly taken the forefront as the next “socially harmless” drug of choice, akin to the likes of alcohol and tobacco. Many state legislatures have begun a decriminalization process, and in some cases, full legalization and regulation. Though the scope of the following research is not to discuss the differences in legislation, the broad spectrum between completely illegal and legal use of marijuana should be noted. Regulation varies greatly from incredibly restricted medicinal use, to open recreational use and finally, legalization. At the very far end of this spectrum is complete legalization, commercialization, and regulation. The intention of this research is to show that full legalization of marijuana is not in the best interest of the people of The United States. The three most alarming factors leading to this conclusion are increased use under legalization, a detrimental effect on rate of incarceration, and finally, dramatically increased economic costs.
When contemplating the legalization of marijuana, it is very important to look at how the increased availability of this drug will affect its use in society. Because some states have already changed their regulation surrounding this drug, America has begun to see an alarming increase in the number of users. In fact, according to the survey presented by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of daily marijuana users over the age of twelve has…
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