Persuasive Essay On Medical Marijuana

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"Up in Smoke" Legalized and medical marijuana in Colorado is generating 1.3 billion dollars in tax revenue, which is 20 percent of their annual budget! This crop needs to be legalized because of the millions of dollars of tax revenue it would bring in. As a result of this, the government could fund much-needed underfunded government programs. The governments of the different states are spending a great deal of money to try to prevent drug use. Newly found evidence states that marijuana does not increase the risk of lung cancers, which are typically associated and correlated with this type of drug. All this money that is being used could be going towards local/global programs that are way too underfunded. Although marijuana is still considered an illegal substance in most states, legalizing, regulating, and taxing it would create endless revenue that could fund a variety of government programs. The cost of enforcing and adjudicating current marijuana laws is a misguided way to spend government assets when 22.2 million Americans have used marijuana in the last 30 days. “States together spent somewhere around $3.6 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010” (Bradford 1). This is a ton of money being dumped down the drain. Copious Americans use marijuana on a regular basis and many people question its addictive properties. Why are citizens trying to stop use, when the government could be making 3.6 billion dollars? This money could help fund a variety of
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