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Legalize Marijuana

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Lauren Mehrtens

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli by Lauren Mehrtens Legalize Marijuana Effects on Economy Medical Marijuana Marijuana contains cannabinoids, which has a minimal toxicity and presents no risk of lethal overdose. In strict medical terms marijuana is safer to consume than our daily foods. It is physically impossible for marijuana to induce death. Marijuana helps relieve nausea and vomiting. It is also known for helping cancer patients or people with glaucoma. "Marijuana may well be the safest psychoactive substance commonly used in human history."(Young,1) The cannbinoids can slow the growth of aggressive breast cancer cells. It also contains THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which can slow the growth of glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive brain tumor. In the beginning of the 1950's, marijuana was slowly becoming accepted and even tolerated in society. It was considered to be a non-dangerous drug. By 1979, 27 percent of America favored legalization and that number has continued to increase ever since.
In 2009, CBS concluded in a poll that 41 percent of Americans think that the drug should be legalized. This has lead to the legalization of medical marijuana in eighteen states. The only states that allow the drug is Colorado and Washington. More Facts - It would take 800 joints to kill a person- but the cause of death would be from carbon monoxide.
- There are more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks in Colorado.
- Can help relieve pain for certain types of sicknesses.
- George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both had marijuana plants growing on their plantations.
- The Constitution was written on hemp paper.
The Outcome My Stance I believe that legalizing marijuana will turn our economy around. The government has been focusing way to much on incarcerating people for marijuana-related "crimes" and hasn't spent enough time on helping our economy. Especially when the drug doesn't even cause much harm to the body. America should legalize marijuana because it also is a type of medicine. It can help patients with sicknesses like cancer or glaucoma. It could also possibly lead to new scientific discoveries. Legalizing marijuana saves the United States around 13.7 billion by not having to enforce prohibition and adds billions in tax revenue. This is supported by 300 economists. By legalizing marijuana we can spend our time on more important crimes and not have to waste $1 billion on inmates incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes.
In 2007, a study has shown that by enforcing the prohibition cost tax payers $41.8 billion annually. Oakland, California raised $1.3 million in tax revenue all from medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011. That's 3 percent of the cities total business tax revenue. Process of Legalization After the legalization of Marijuana our economy can benefit from the overall sale of the drug from local dispensaries. Since an estimated 22.5 million use the substance daily, the profits would most likely be very high and would help our economy a great deal.
Soon all marijuana-related crimes won't matter anymore to the government, so we can finally focus on other bigger and more important problems, without having to worry about the overflow of prisoners in jail. Bibliography: "18 Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC - Medical Marijuana - ProCon.org." 18 Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC - Medical Marijuana - ProCon.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881>.
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