Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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What could the United States do with 7.7 billion dollars? What could the state of Kentucky do with 5.3 billion dollars? How could the country even get this much extra money? By legalizing marijuana in the United States we could generate such revenue. There are several benefits to legalizing marijuana, which include stimulating the economy in the United States, helping patients in pain, and eliminating illegal drug use one the streets. Replacing “marijuana prohibition with a system of legal regulation would save approximately $7.7 billion in government expenditures on prohibition enforcement -- $2.4 billion at the federal level and $5.3 billion at the state and local levels” (Miron, “Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibitions in the United States). The money that would be generated by the sales of legal, regulated, marijuana could be used for so many different things throughout our country; from repairing roads and bridges, to putting more money in to all of our school systems throughout the country. Everyone that lives here knows that our country is suffering economically, but by legalizing marijuana our country could generate enough money to help repair this country. Marijuana was once legal in the United States. In 1914, the Harrison Act represented the first time drug use had ever been defined as a crime. The Harrison Act made 27 states make marijuana illegal. These states made marijuana illegal because they mistrusted the incoming Mexican immigrants who

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