According the federal government, an estimated 15 million people recreationally use marijuana at least once a month. In fact, a national survey done in 2009 states more than 104 million Americans over the age of twelve have tried marijuana at least once. These are overwhelming numbers that cannot be ignored. If every one of those people were put in jail it would be more people than in four large states combined! The thought of arresting that many citizens for something so harmless is ridiculous. Marijuana should be legalized because it would increase national revenue, it has medical benefits, and it less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.
What could our country do with 42 billion dollars? Perhaps the U.S Government could feed the poor or make higher education affordable. Those are just two of the many good causes that need funding from the American Government; however, the funds of the United States are as unhealthy as ever. The government has spent many years mismanaging money with seemingly no place to acquire more, but there is place money can be found. In Fact, American taxpayers pay an estimated 42 billion dollars a year on current marijuana laws. Instead of taxing citizens for the control of marijuana the government should tax the sale of marijuana. Taxes from the sale of marijuana could total more than 6.2 billion dollars! In addition to taxes, legalizing marijuana would provide much needed jobs. The created jobs would then put more money into circulation which would give a huge boost to the economy. The legalization of marijuana has even bigger benefits than financial; it can be used for medicinal purposes.
Medicinal marijuana has been explored for many years and even legalized in some states already. Many physicians tell us there is overwhelming evidence that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer, and AIDS. Marijuana can also help some of the side effects from medications being used to treat those ailments. In fact, Marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs doctors are prescribing every day.
Former U.S senator Bill First claimed that even though many people believe in marijuana’s effectiveness, he would caution against this assumption due to the lack of repeatable scientific data available. Other members of the opposition would also have you believe that marijuana is more toxic than prescribed drugs, that smoking it is likely to weaken the immune system, and it is addictive. Sadly, those statements are simply untrue. In fact, there are no known deaths from an overdose of marijuana whereas, one hundred deaths occur...