Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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One of the most controversial civil arguments in politics in the past decade would have to be the legalization of marijuana. The sale and production of marijuana have been legalized for medicinal uses in over twenty states and has been legalized for recreational uses in seven states.
Despite the ongoing support for marijuana, it has yet to be fully legalized in the federal level due to cultural bias against “pot” smoking and the focus over its negative effects. However, legalizing marijuana has been proven to decrease the rate of incrimination in America, it has stimulated the job market while bringing tax revenue up, and it has been shown to have medicinal benefits to healthy American adults and certain children
Critics claim that the legalization of marijuana of a federal level would inevitably cause crime rates to increase due to its psychoactive effects on the brain. Despite popular theory, legalizing marijuana is proven to decrease the rate of incrimination from marijuana possession in the United States. According to the Editorial Board from the New York Times and FBI figures,
“there were 658,000 arrests for the possession of marijuana in 2012” and the majority of these arrests were made on small offence, young minorities who haven’t previously carried a criminal record. According to the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) and the Colorado Court System, there has been an over eighty percent decrease marijuana possession arrests in Colorado – a state where marijuana has been

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