Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1082 Words Aug 8th, 2014 5 Pages
Legalization of Marijuana Marijuana has always been a major topic on War on Drugs, either to let it stay illegal or to decide whether to legalize it. Marijuana can give off deadly or fatal actions that could to harm toward the user or those around the user. While also marijuana can be a help to the economic problems that America faces today. The Hawaii State Government should legalize marijuana because it is a non-addictive substance, it has the potential to increase tax revenue, and there are medical benefits to its use. Most Americans today believe that marijuana is a very addictive and dangerous drug that should not be legalized. “During 1992, marijuana arrests rose from 28 percent to the total of 45 percent within 10 years. While cocaine cases went from 55 percent to 30 percent during that same time period” (Balko Para 5). In fact, The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released a study showing that, “youth who use marijuana are more likely to develop serious mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia”(Balko Para 6). However, other American think otherwise about marijuana. Jacob Sullum, author of the book, Saying Yes In Defense of Drug Use, explains that the vast majority of drug users, including hard drug users, don’t become addicts and inflict harm to others around them. Written in Sullum’s book, he states, “If we’re truly concerned about policies that “degrade human nature,” “damage and undermine families,” and “deprive the nation of…

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