Marijuana has steadily risen to the top of the charts of dangerous drugs being used in the United States (“Medical Marijuana”). Also known as pot, weed, bud, ganja, reefer, and Mary Jane, marijuana is a drug that is derived from the Cannabis plant. The drug is made up of over four-hundred chemicals, and some are only exclusive to the plant itself. Perhaps the most enjoyable property to the user of marijuana is the chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. This is the chemical that causes the popular “high” that is associated with smoking the drug (“Medical Marijuana”). The legalization of marijuana is a very controversial idea, however, if legalized it would benefit America medicinally, economically, and criminally.
Although it is known by some, a large majority of our society doesn’t realize the benefits that marijuana has for multiple diseases. There are over twenty states along with Washington D.C. that have approved the use of medical marijuana (Bransetter). Dravet Syndrome, so unique the chance to have it is 1:40,000, is known to be cured by the use of cannabidiol, or CBD, another chemical derived from marijuana (Bransetter). Recently, the FDA has allowed the use of CBD to be used against Dravet Syndrome and other epileptic symptoms (Bransetter). Charlotte’s Web, a strain of marijuana that is low in THC but high in CBD, has been found to help cure Dravet Syndrome. Zoey Johnson, of Tulsa, was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome and moved to Colorado to use the drug medically. Zoey was having up to 100 seizures a day before the drug and now she is down to only a few a month (Bransetter). Medicinal use of marijuana is also encouraged to those who suffer from anorexia or other eating disorders such as tuberculosis (“Medical Marijuana”). The drug provides the user with a feeling that their stomach is empty which makes them want to eat. This feeling is mostly known by users as the “munchies.”
Many citizens now see that legalizing the use of marijuana can also stimulate the economy by increasing in income taxes to states while cutting the federal debt by limiting marijuana raids. Colorado is the first state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana to users 21 and over. Stores in Colorado have been posting sales of over $5 million in the first week of operation, which has some folks thinking it was a good plan (Ferner). The estimated total sales for the year reach about $600 million, $70 million of which will be tax revenue for Colorado (Ferner). The only downside of all this money rolling in is that the federal law prohibits the money being stored in banks. Many of the shops only accept cash, which posts a burden on the shops for taxes and a risk for robbery (Ferner). Denver’s City Councilman, Albus Brooks, told sources, “It’s ludicrous and unsustainable to force large neighborhood businesses to operate entirely with cash. Congress needs to act and act now,” (Ferner).
Another advantage that the legalization of marijuana would have on our...