Persuasive Essay On Legalization Of Marijuana

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One can suggest that there will always be a group of people who will use and abuse drugs, and they will simply use what is available to them, whether legally, such as alcohol, or illegally, such as marijuana or more harmful drugs such as heroin. If marijuana were more widely available, it may lead to the decrease of more harmful drugs among the population of addicts. Marijuana has historically been looked upon in a negative light, often labeled a ‘gateway drug,’ or believed to having high addiction rates. However, “most people who use marijuana don’t regularly use other drugs” (Shatkin). Additionally, only about 9% of people who try marijuana become addicted, far less than those who become addicted to nicotine (32%) and heroin (23%) (Shatkin). Currently, 54% of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized across the United States (Society's Changing Views on Cannabis). If marijuana were to become legal, its benefits would be extensive, such as a boost in the economy, and a lowering in crime rates. Additionally, marijuana offers considerable health benefits for many conditions and diseases, including cancer. If marijuana were to become legal across the United States, it would create a plethora of jobs; by the year 2020, the legal marijuana industry is expected to create over a quarter of a million jobs (Borchardt). Nevada, who legalized weed July 1st, 2017, expects the recreational marijuana will support over 41,000 jobs until 2024, generating over $1.7 billion in labor
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