Marijuana is a drug that is mind altering, and it is the number one most popular drug that is illegal in the United States. Marijuana comes from the hemp plant (cannabis sativa). The ingredient in marijuana that gets you "high" is called THC. Some of marijuana’s effects are relaxation, uplifting, lack of attention, impaired memory, some experience paranoia, or some experience euphoria. There are many people that use it in the United States. Statistics say that one third of Americans have used it at one time or another. The legalization of marijuana would benefit America in many ways, such as increased government income, creating jobs for Americans, and lowering the crime rates in the country.
If marijuana was legalized it would be the same as tobacco or alcohol. It could create jobs like manufacturing, farming, and distribution places. Each marijuana franchise would create about 75 jobs. In Los Angeles alone there are an estimated of 800 shops the dispense marijuana. The United States every year spends about $7.7 billion to enforce the ban of marijuana. If the plant was legalized, it would save the government money and it would help them make money if they taxed it. By taxing marijuana, it would bring in another six billion dollars every year. Colorado made over a million dollars the first day it was legalized. "State officials expect up to $578,000,000 in first-year sales revenue, as well as $67 million in tax revenue, which will be used to build schools and fund regulatory efforts." -policymic there are estimates saying a range of ten billion dollars the whole way to 120 billion dollars a years from marijuana sales if it was nationally legalized. There are over 60,000 people in jail from marijuana offenses. That alone costs the taxpayers a little over 1.2 billion every year. The crime rates in states with legalized marijuana drop significantly. From 2010 to 2011, California dropped 20% in juvenile arrests. In January 2011, when the new law for marijuana in California went into effect, the possession of marijuana arrest rates in juveniles dropped from almost 15,000 in 2010 and went to almost 6,000 in 2011. The arrests for youth fell by 9,000 which have not been seen since the 80's. The death rates for marijuana are zero deaths a year, which is nothing compared to alcohol and tobacco. Why should they be legal?
The media has a huge part of how people portray marijuana. The media gives out misinformation on marijuana. They make it seem like its worse than some of the hard drugs like heroin. In 1936, there was a movie called Tell your Children, it was financed by a church group, which later the movie title changed to Reefer Madness. The movie Reefer Madness portrays marijuana as a hardcore narcotic.
Marijuana has a lot of medical aspects to it. Marijuana can be used to treat glaucoma, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s. It can help ease the pain of chemotherapy, it can help soldiers with PTSD, and can help people with cancer. There was a...