Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring one of the nation's largest cash crops under the rule of law. This will create jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market.
I support this because many advocates for legalization note that by decriminalizing the substance, police officers will have more time and money to pursue criminals for other crimes, including those involving violence.
Scarce law enforcement resources will be better used to ensure public safety while reducing corrections and court costs. State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales.
Marijuana should be legal because it will keep many people out of jail. Marijuana is not a drug that makes you eat peoples brains out or act crazy and have adrenaline rushes like other drugs. It would be the same as just smoking a cigarette (which is legal) but in a more healthier way. People go to jail and get a long sentence for having a green cannabis, and they are in there with people who kill and rape. So they are filling up the jails with people who are causing no harm when it can be for a person who actually did a bad thing.
I agree with this but also, when you're high you don't really pay attention towhead you're doing most of the time. One minute you could bee sitting on the couch eating cereal, the next you could age out looking for more marijuana and get something you didn't intend. Marijuana could potentially be a gateway drug.
I agree with this because you using marijuana doesn't affect anybody else, therefore there is no harm done. We shouldn't waste tax payers money and room in our jails on someone who committed such a small crime.
I think that recreational marijuana should be legal in all 50 states because it would let the government and law enforcement spend their money on something actually harmful. It would save the country and state(s) hundreds and millions of dollar, if we let the young kid with a bag of marijuana go and star looking and paying attention to the hard core murderers.
52% of drug related arrest in 2010 are from marijuana. They are not even the kingpins that are being arrested. Rather it is normal people with small amounts of marijuana. This is putting people who are not criminals and are only there for something small like marijuana with people who are hardened criminals and drug addicts. People who are there for things like murder and meth addicts.
Safety controls: When a person buys marijuana off the street, there’s no way to know exactly what dangerous substances are cut into the drug. While current legalization efforts don’t directly address safety issues, they do create a framework for a safety control system, which would work to eliminate some of the risk that comes from smoking a substance potentially laced with toxic ingredients.
Whether you buy the marijuana off the street or somewhere else, I still feel that you dont always know what its going to be laced with. Its kind of like youre taking a gamble with it everytime you decide to smoke. I dont think it will really be seen as less harmful because of how it will still have an affect on the body.
I agree that you might not know what's in it if you get it off the streets. I disagree that it would be any better if it were legalized. No matter were you get the marijuana from it is still harmful for you.
Less money supporting organized crime: Legalizing recreational weed cuts off an important revenue stream for many in the illegal drug trade. Advocates of legalization contend that by making the substance less profitable for criminals, it will decrease the violence associated with the trade. The result could save lives while taking pressure off of law enforcement.
Yes, but the new law of for recreational marijuana would not effect those who have already been charged for the possession, use or distribution. Therefore, there would be less money towards that area in jail but not effective immediately.
Just last year legalized marijuana made over 1 Billion dollars. This is only in one state. People are going to make money off the sale of marijuana if it is legal or not. But if it was legal this would mean that the economy would grow dramatically and this would also make a lot of tax revenue which would translate to better roads and public services.
Marijuana is less harmful then any other drug. Like cigarettes, it messes with your lungs. I mean, marijuana would do a little damage, but not that much. Drinking is bad too. Drinking is worse than anything, but people still drink knowing that it does harm. Marijuana should be legalized. That's what I think.
Marijuana has been proven to have 50-70% higher levels of carcinogens than cigarettes. Because when you inhale marijuana, you inhale deeper and longer so you can get that high. It travels to your lungs faster and stays there longer.
It should be legalized because it has a use other than to get high. people use marijuana to to relieve stress and pain. People with cancer or other painful diseases have used marijuana to reduce pain and increase their hunger so that they are able to eat something.
I belive we should legalize recreational marijuana because of all of the medical research that is going on in the world today. Instead of blowing all the government/your money on tests that you most likely don't even need, you could just be prescribed your medicine. Recreational and medical marijuana have been proven to cure the pains of epilepsy, crohns, PTSD, and MS.
Why is alcohol and cigarettes legalized, but marijuana isn't? Marijuana has some of the same side effects as both of those. Like alcohol, marijuana goes into your blood stream and impairs your vision and balance. Cigarettes and marijuana both cause problems with your lungs such as bronchitis and COPD. They all can cause very serious cancers and also lead to death.
I agree with this because alcohol and cigarettes can be just as bad as marijuana. If marijuana has the same side effects as alcohol and cigarettes then why not just legalize it? People are going to find a way anyways to get to it and use it.
Marijuana should be legalized because the crime rates would go down. The US would save more money from catching the people who do it or deal it. Less people would be put in jail so more money would be saved and go towards something else. You are not a bad person just because you do marijuana there are worse things that people can do.
I think they should make it legal because not only would it make a bunch of money for the state, it will help save tax payers money by not having to feed the offenders or pay for all of the court stuff
I think Marijuana should be legal because either way people are going to find a way to get ahold of it and either use it, or sell it. If they made it legal then the jails wouldn't be filled with people who were selling it. That would free up room tremendously, and the jails wouldn't be as crowded.
Another reason why it should be legal is because the usage of jobs and the economy would not have to spend so much money on the criminal justice system that pertains to drugs. Marijuana is not the worse drug and i am not saying it is good but many people have developed a sense that that's the "new thing" and risk would be lower.
Marijuana is less harmful then other drugs.Legalized marijuana made a lot of money and if it was legal this would mean that the economy would grow. Marijuana can be also be used to treat different health conditions like MS and PTSD.
Marijuana should be legal because of the fact that it could be a clear economical profit within the United States . The only reason it isn't legal is because the government doesn't have a clear shot on how to make a profit from it legally without the taxation.
It isn't as bad as other harder drugs. it may be a gateway but at the same time you wouldn't see a person spazzing out and acting crazy and unconditionally erotic toward others because they haven't had marijuana.
Marijuana legalization supporters argue that weed is not as addictive as other harder drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, but addiction treatment specialists have seen firsthand that long-term use does lead to addiction. Research found that as many as a tenth of users have developed dependence over time. Like in other substances of abuse cases, stopping marijuana use will lead to withdrawal symptoms, which range from anxiety to irritability.
Many people believe that marijuana is harmless, but that is completely not true. Marijuana can cause cancer and leads to lung damage, brain damage, and violence. No matter what people say, the government can't legalize marijuana, as it would be dangerous to society. Most states are doing the right thing by keeping it illegal.
I disagree because what is dangerous about a drug that helps people mentally and physically and if this drug is too bad for the country to make legal, why is alcohol and tobacco legal when the death rates on these item are through the roof where as you haven't heard about any that marijuana has caused, that has been medically proven
Considering that marijuana is a drug, which by definition changes the way the human body works, its use would lead users to experience a high that alters their perception while under influence. For instance, low to moderate doses distort perception that is enough to cause traffic accidents. In fact, study shows that weed is one of the most prevalent illegal drugs found in fatally injured and impaired drivers.
Addictive nature: Legal marijuana supporters have argued that it’s not as addictive as other “harder” drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. Addiction treatment specialists, however, have seen firsthand that long term use does lead to marijuana addiction. Research suggests as many as 10% of users will develop dependence over time. As with other substances, stopping marijuana use leads to withdrawal symptoms that range from irritability to anxiety . Opponents of legal recreational pot argue that any savings that would arise from legalization would be offset by the cost of treating the additional users who become addicted to marijuana.
Lung health: While tobacco has a bad reputation for pumping carcinogens into the lungs, marijuana is estimated to have levels of carcinogens that are 50-70% higher than tobacco smoke. The effect is amplified by the fact that many pot smokers inhale more deeply than cigarette smokers, increasing the amount of time the lungs are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals.
If we legalize medical marijuana there is a chance that people who are faking a disease could abuse the system, or forge a doctors note. Even the medical marijuana prescribed to patients could be stolen or abuse in some way.
Legalizing marijuana wont decrease the use of illegal marijuana. Its like gambling, gambling is illegal but it doesn't stop people from gambling. So therefor legalizing it wont prevent abuse of marijuana
While marijuana is not a hard drug like cocaine it still changes your mind state. When you are "high" you are still in an altered state of mind which reduces your focus and productivity which can cause a problem at school or in the workplace.
This should not be legalized because it is harmful to your body. Though other things like cigarettes and alcohol are harmful they only become that way after an excessive amount over a long period of time. Marijuana starts to harm you after the first time.
Marijuana should not be legalized because since this is harmful to the body there will be more people in the hospital. There will have to be even more workers and more money to be able to handle all the people you can overdose on marijuana, but you can't die. This will force medical specialist to take time to make sure you're alright over a period of time.
NO it should not be legalized. Each year marijuana causes five million premature deaths.Half of them will die in middle age.And it will affect your brain and make you crazy, and Legalization of marijuana would worsen schools performance .
While marijuana may not be as addictive as something like alcohol or meth, it still forms habits to keep on smoking. This may include "I only smoke when im with my friends" and things of that nature. Marijuana is still a addictive and habit forming drug and it has the potential to cause lung problems.
Many supporters argue that marijuana is not addictive like other drugs like cocaine and heroin but specialist have noticed that long-term use can lead to addiction. Marijuana is also a gateway drug that potentially will lead to other addictive drugs.