Imagine a substance out there that could be used to make many different kinds of products, help heal certain illnesses, and could boost our economy greatly. Sounds too good to be true right? If not then why aren’t we already using the product and making it in mass production? Because for all of time up to this point it has been known as a drug, and not the good kind, and with this label takes on the bad reputation because of other dangerous substances with that title.
I am talking about Marijuana. Just bringing up that word around certain crowds can cause quite a scene. But why? Because people are often extremely uninformed and unaware of the benefits that can come with legalizing marijuana, and often just think of it as another kind of heroin, or cocaine. Rather than being able to see if for what it truly is and what is has the potential to do.
The United States as a whole is in a huge economic recession, and the legalization and taxation on marijuana can completely help us with this problem. According to statistics the cost for the war on drugs in 2010 was over $41 billion dollars. Of that amount about $8.7 billion can be attributed to marijuana. So legalizing marijuana would immediately save us $8.7 billion dollars a year enforcing existing laws. More than 5,000 people are put in jail each year on marijuana related charges, most of which are non-violent offenses. In the State of California, it costs more than $47,000 per year to incarcerate just 1 person. That’s nearly $250 million dollars a year to keep marijuana users in prison because most of those cases are simple possession cases. Not to mention that our prisons are currently exceeding their capacity, and criminals who did a lot worse things than smoking marijuana are being released early to make room for new inmates. Is that really what we want? I’d much rather have marijuana users out in the streets then a convicted murder or rapist.
It is estimated that if marijuana were to be legalized and taxed...