Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Marijuana is a highly debatable topic that is rapidly gaining attention in society today. Legalizing marijuana can benefit the economy of this nation through the creation of jobs, increased tax revenue, and a decrease in taxpayer money spent on law enforcement. Many people would outlaw alcohol, cigarettes, fast food, gambling, and tanning beds because of the harmful effects they have on members of a society, but this is the United States of America; the land of the free and we should give people in our nation the choice to use marijuana without the fear of prosecution. Allowing it to remain illegal has no effect on usage, but it inflicts several unnecessary problems on society. If marijuana were to be legalized in the United States it would put our country on the path to success and help our nation thrive. Although marijuana is illegal, people are still going to find ways to use it.
The legalization of marijuana would provide our economy with an enormous economic boost and wipe out the black market; it has provided our economy with billions of dollars in tax revenue and thousands of jobs. For example, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has created upwards of ten thousand jobs and now they have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation (Sarich, 2014, pg. 1). The average wage for a bud trimmer is fifteen dollars per hour. (Sarich, 2014, pg. 2). The wage for a bud trimmer is more than double the current national minimum wage of seven dollars and

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