Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Owen Tysinger
Mrs. Gallos
English III Honors
18th April 2016
Marijuana and Hemp Legalization in the United States
What is one law that could be altered to greatly benefit the United States as well as the people who live inside it? The legalization of marijuana, the legalization of marijuana in a single state,Colorado, has provided great increases in tax revenue and decreased the number of arrests for minor drug charges gradually yet substantially in the past years. Marijuana is not a harmful drug yet is illegal while many legal substances, such as alcohol and tobacco, are perfectly legal even with a clear correlation to negative health and disease. Marijuana should be legalized with the same standards as current Colorado laws to increase federal tax revenue as well as decrease government costs by reducing the federal prison population for petty drug charges.
Marijuana legalization in Colorado is one of the hotly debated topics in our nation today, Marijuana has been legalized in Colorado with large success for the state bringing in large amounts of tax revenue and reducing crime rates. Marijuana was legalized for the first time for recreational use in 2012, since then, the state has developed a simple and reasonable set of laws to regulate the sale, ownership and consumption of marijuana. Currently, “24 states and DC have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana” (, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Alaska have legalized the substance recreationally.…

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