Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

923 WordsDec 1, 20154 Pages
According to Time Magazine, 44% of people in the United States have tried marijuana at least once. Marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1850 until 1942 and was prescribed for various conditions, including labor pains, nausea, and rheumatism. It wasn’t until 1970 when the Controlled Substances Act passed, classifying marijuana along with heroin and other illegal substances as a Schedule 1 Drug. Yet, people argue that marijuana prohibition is unfair and goes against their civil liberties; others think that marijuana use is dangerous and addictive and believe it shouldn’t be legalized. Numerous studies demonstrates that no one has ever died of a marijuana overdoes and experiments found that marijuana is less addictive than alcohol, cigarettes, and even coffee. With Colorado and Washington both passing state laws to decriminalize marijuana, I think it’s time for marijuana to be recognized nationally. The United States should legalize marijuana for it can bolster the economy, reduce incarceration rates, and because it’s proven to be relatively safe. State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales. Instead of spending hard earned tax payer money to fund the “war on drugs”, we can fund resources that could be better used to protect public safety while reducing corrections and court cost. An online reporter stated that approximately “37 marijuana stores across the state of Colorado … earned $5

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