Marijuana… Pot... Weed...- all of these names define the illegal Cannabis. Most people argue that cannabis shouldn’t be legalized. They don’t know the positive factors of marijuana. The factors that can allow the economy to skyrocket. Marijuana should be legalized for three main reasons: as a crop, it’d bring in billions, it’d drop the crime activity, and marijuana has many health benefits.
Marijuana As A Crop
As a crop, cannabis would bring in more money than corn and wheat combined; around 100 billion dollars annually. The illegal market of it already brings in 10 to 100 billion yearly. If cannabis were to become legal, there’s a possibility that it’d even pass the smartphone market. Just imagine it: a country where the smartphone market makes less money than a plant. Colorado did the bright idea and legalized it; same with Washington.
“In 2013, 52% thought that marijuana should be legalized with 45% opposed” Just legalization of this plant would allow the economy to boost. “Residents can currently purchase up to an ounce of marijuana at one time for recreational purposes. Non-residents can purchase up to a quarter ounce. 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” (Miles). That’s quite a bit of money for just a plant. If state officials expect that much from first-year revenues, then wouldn’t it be a smart idea to legalize it?
Not only would legalization cause the economy to experience a large growth, it’d also drop plenty of the crime activity. “The 658,000 arrests for simple possession of marijuana [are] made annually. That’s equivalent to the population of Boston being handcuffed every year for carrying the wrong plant. What a waste of police resources - and an unconscionable disruption of people’s lives” (Gillespie).
People state that marijuana is a “gateway drug”. If anything is a gateway drug, it would be cigarettes because people would try them, get addicted to smoking them, and then do something idiotic when they are having withdrawals from the nicotine. “Hearing about no-knock drug raids gone wrong, like the one in Atlanta that killed 92-year-old Kathryn Johnson in 2006.After three cops broke into her home without identifying themselves, Johnson fired a gun in defense and was shot to death by the cops, who then planted three bags of marijuana in her residence to cover up their mistakes” (Gillespie).