The Legalization Of Recreational Marijuana

1645 Words Mar 26th, 2016 7 Pages
The legalization of recreational marijuana has recently been a widely debated topic, especially since medical marijuana was legalized in several states. Critics say that cannabis is a Class I drug that has both negative health effects and behavior effects. However, there is minimal evidence to support these claims, and none of the benefits of marijuana are taken into consideration when the arguments are made. The possession and use of recreational marijuana should be legalized in the United States because it would provide a steady source of income for the government in the form of taxation, it would reduce the sale of more dangerous drugs since they would not be present in dispensaries.
Taxation collected from regulated marijuana sale would greatly benefit the economy. Since regulated marijuana needs to be grown by licensed growers, there would be many opportunities for new jobs if marijuana were legalized. With an increasing demand for the product, more growers will be required to produce the required amount. When discussing the economy, in specific regard to marijuana, Jason Shubnell argues that marijuana would indeed be very helpful and necessary in America’s current fiscal condition. He explains that, “this expansion would also lead to additional jobs, and with unemployment a constant issue in the U.S., this could help plenty of citizens getting back to work” (Shubnell). The legalization of marijuana versus the decriminalization, which has been issued in many states,…
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