Essay on Legalization of Marijuana, Cocaine, and Prescription Pills

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In the United States, there are many drugs that are outlawed due to their supposed harmful and dangerous effects on humans. Some of these drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and prescription pills that are abused by people to whom they are not prescribed. Recent movements have called for the legalization of all of these drugs. Although it appears that legalization of all drugs on the market seems like a valid movement, in reality, all hard drugs such as cocaine and prescription pills should remain illegal because they are detrimental to society and have a tend for users to develop a physical dependency on these drugs. Throughout the history of the United States, citizens have used a vast amount of narcotics and stimulants for…show more content…
Although there is not much good that can come from people smoking cigarettes, at least the government is able to collect money which according to Obama’s Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, the additional revenue received from these taxes are able to go towards families that would normally not be given any money by the government. With regards to alcohol, the government also gets revenue from the taxes on alcohol. In the year 2008, the United States received $5,763,336 in taxes on alcoholic drinks. This money can also be used to help families stricken with poverty that normally wouldn’t receive money from the government. Having both of these drugs legal is rationally defensible because the government is able to make money on these products. Another drug that is used by many Americans is marijuana. Marijuana in America is illegal for what the government sites for many health reasons. However, I believe that Marijuana should be legalized for many different reasons. As stated before, a big part of tax revenue for both state and federal governments are taxes on cigarettes. If marijuana was legalized, both governments could implement heavy taxes on marijuana and make a lot of revenue off of the product. A study that was preformed on agriculture in the Unites States found that in fact, marijuana was the number one cash crop in America. “The study estimates that marijuana
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