Marijuana must Be Legalized

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When you think of prohibition, one typically thinks of the roaring twenties. This was when the government prohibited the sale of alcohol. Looking back through history, we see trends from then happening today with the prohibition of marijuana and other drugs. Many people have many opinions if marijuana should be legalized or not. It’s not as easy as just looking at the pros and cons. Our government needs to determine if the prohibition of drugs is actually promoting greater health, safety, and productivity, as well as lowering violence and criminal justice costs. After reading this research paper and seeing the evidence, hopefully you will agree with me that the drug war we are fighting is not promoting greater health, safety, and…show more content…
Also, if marijuana was legal the government could benefit from the sales tax of the drug and from the licensing fees. It’s pretty obvious that whether or not marijuana is legal or illegal, people are going to continue to smoke it. Right now people are giving their money to the drug dealers; wouldn’t it be better to give that money to law abiding retailers. Legalization of marijuana would also create a wider access for medical use. It has been used for medical purposes dating back to ancient times. It has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. In the 1930’s the U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics sought to portray marijuana as a powerful, addictive substance that would lead users into narcotics addiction and all` medical good that the drug could cause was not talked about. However recently, more doctors are prescribing it for things like cancer chemotherapy patients, treatment for symptoms of AIDS, muscular spasticity and limb pain, and symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Many patients in the United States are not able to get
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