Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1133 Words Nov 12th, 2015 5 Pages
The word marijuana has been drug through the dirt in recent years. The “War on Drugs” campaign has falsely made marijuana a villain. Sixty years ago marijuana had many different uses, and today marijuana has many more pros than it does cons. Marijuana should be legalized because positive results of criminalization of it are nonexistent, the medical effects are legitimate, and marijuana is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. The benefits of criminalization of marijuana are nonexistent. Marijuana arrests are actually the majority of all drug arrests: “in 2011 pot possession represented 54 percent of every drug crime that police managed to uncover” (MacQueen). The U.S. alone has 45 million documented drug arrests since 1971. More than half of the prisoners incarcerated in America’s prisons are there for drug offenses (MacQueen). If police took the time it took to arrest people for marijuana and concentrated it somewhere more important, they would get astonishing results. I feel that a majority of the people locked in prison should be rapists, murderers, and burglars.
In 2002 the Senate reported the cost marijuana enforcement to be between $300 million and $500 million (MacQueen). Imagine how many bumpy roads, old bridges, or run-down schools $500 million would fix. The government could take all the money that is being spent on keeping marijuana illegal, and they could put it to an actual good use that would help citizens everyday. A few governments have already done this…

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