Legalization of Marijuana

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On January 1st the states of Colorado and Washington officially began the regulation of legal marijuana sales. Thousands of people from all over the country including tourists from Wisconsin, Ohio, Chicago, and even Georgia lined up out front of dispensaries to make a purchase. Recreational marijuana is being regulated and monitored like alcohol; you must be at least 21 years old to make a purchase. The drug, which is controversial in many states’ legislations, is currently legal for medical use in 20 states, but Colorado and Washington were the first to approve of recreational use (Healy). The geographical concepts involved in the legalization of marijuana include migration, movement and flow, and private/public space. In his article, …show more content…
Another man, a resident from Georgia, who suffers from anxiety and alcoholism decided to make his stay permanent after realizing the constant marijuana use was able to help him stop his bad drinking habit. Accompanied by his son from North Carolina, who has previously been an illegal recreational user, is happy that his habits can now continue guilt free. Another source reported that Colorado has welcomed 36,284 people who have migrated from within the US in 2013 (source). That is 8,000 more people than 2012 due to the “go West” mentality of marijuana enthusiasts (source). If Colorado’s predictions are correct, they will receive an extra $100 million in revenue due to marijuana sales (Dickinson & Haglage). This money can be used for beautification, safety improvements, schooling resources and many other positive things that will make living in Colorado even more appealing.
Movement and flow occurs when one area models their behavior or legislation after another area due to desire for specific results. In the case of marijuana legalization, the income that has been generated by sales of the drug has created talk among other states. The benefit of being able to tax the drug now that it is legal and already has a strong following is very appealing. Alaska, Arizona, California, and Oregon,
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