Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1183 Words Apr 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Justine Sabo
Professor Williams
English 1302
14 March 2015 Time to Reconsider: Legalize Marijuana Did you know that every 42 seconds, someone is arrested on marijuana related charges? Marijuana, refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, which contains the psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as other related compounds. Others may refer to it as pot, grass, reefer, weed, herb, or Maryjane. This plant has raised concerns in almost every American household today. Due to a shift in attitudes and demographic changes, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana for medicinal uses. In addition, four of those states have begun to legally tax and regulate the plant for recreational use. As the United States progresses toward legalizing the plant, we are seeing many opposing viewpoints beginning to surface about its decriminalization. Most people who oppose its legalization believe that its only use is to smoke it; they don’t realize the true benefits of the plant. Legalizing marijuana in the U.S. would directly benefit the economy by boosting revenue, reducing crime and aiding in the treatment of medical conditions. Every year states spend billions of dollars to control the war on marijuana, which in turn fuels an unprecedented boom in the country’s prison system. Some argue that the War on Drugs shouldn’t include marijuana and say that the federal…

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