The prohibition in the 1930's detrimentally distorted the view of marijuana ever since it was declared illegal. Marijuana has and still continues to be looked down upon due to the unexplainable psychological effects of the human mind. Futhermore, the American society has viewed marijuana in such a negative way that it holds people to the reputation as a loser or stoner. This skewed perception of a lazy and unmotivated marijuana users in America is the result of over seventy years of propaganda and misinformation spread by private interests who needed cannabis illegal for their own personal gains. However, as America rapidly industrialized, societies view of marijuana began to change. The truths and therapeutic benefits of marijuana slowly started to surface among the public. Marijuana should be legalized in the United States not only for medicinal use, but for taxation and stimulation of the economy, and a possible end to continuous drug war.
Legalizing marijuana may serve as a medicine for ill and unhealthy people. Marijuana is famously known for its ability to relieve pain for people that suffer with ADDs/ ADHD, Alzheimer’s, seizures, migraines, and physical pain relief like knee or back pain. In addition, marijuana can be used to, “treat those disorders but also cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana kill cancer cells and inhibit tumor growth!” (Torres). American states like Colorado and Washington have already legalized the use of marijuana, not to mention countries like the Netherlands and Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana for many years. Futhermore, marijuana has not been proven dangerous or has caused any harm to the body. In fact, there is not a single recorded death of an overdose on marijuana. Although it may not be harmful just like everything else, it must be done in moderation like sweets, food, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.
Legalizing marijuana will bring both civic and federal benefits. Legalizing and taxing marijuana would not only help the economy but it may be a part that could help push America’s miserable economy in a better direction. It is estimated that a taxation of marijuana could bring billions of tax dollars with results of reducing the deficit and fund public dollars. Moreover, the American justice system would be able to save billions of dollars on law enforcement and prisons. In fact, a Harvard Economist has stated that "Marijuana prohibition now costs state and federal government as much as $20 billion a year” (Sledge). Legalizing marijuana would save a vast amount of taxpayer dollars, which then could be used to spend on the needs of the public. Legalizing marijuana has the potential to create thousands of jobs in the manufacturing, marketing, and transporting fields.
If marijuana was to be legalized, the drug war between neighboring countries may be put to an end. The drug war has created an overpopulation in prisons all over America. However, legalizing marijuana would free many inmates for...