Is marijuana really that bad? Since the 1930's marijuana has been illegal in the United States because it went along with the alcohol prohibition. Somehow, Americans make tons of money off of it each year. People whole smoke marijuana favor legalization, as well as those who do not smoke but want to help the economy out. Many of us who do not smoke want to legalize it because we see that if it is illegal, it does not support what marijuana can do for the economy and for medical reasons. Marijuana should be legal because it would have a much more positive affect on society, rather than keeping it illegal.
The legalization of marijuana would help get the economy. The war against marijuana is doing nothing and is just widening our debt. If we were to legalize and tax it, the government would make tons of money and we could reduce the debt we now have. Also, release people in prison for marijuana crimes and the jail system would not have to spend so much money. “In a country with only 5% of the earth's population, the United States holds 25% of the world's prisoners” (Archibold). Many of these criminals are in prison for marijuana related crimes. With the release of these criminals, that money could be spent on cases involving much more serious criminals such as murderers and rapists. This would make the United States a much safer place because everyone would have a stronger sense of security knowing that many more of these felons are off the street. This wonderful action can be put into effect if the simple act of legalizing marijuana passed.
Furthermore, the war on drugs is not working and it is just spending money. It has put more people in prison that should not be there, and has lost many American lives. “The United States Federal Government has spent over $15 billion dollars in 2012 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $500 per second” (Mozingo, Bloomekatz, Savage). This huge amount of money has done nothing to help destroy the marijuana black market. All this money is wasted and the drug cartels are becoming rich from the sale of marijuana in the United States. “The main reason cannabis remains illegal is because lobbyists are making tons of money off of prohibition” (10 Reasons Marijuana Should Be Legal). The drug cartels are happy with the ban of marijuana because they are making so much money every year. If marijuana was sold in the United States, the cartel would no longer get the money. If this black market continues, we will just spend more money on the drug war, and all of this loss of money can be stopped with the legalization of cannabis.
Some say that marijuana is not healthy for you and should stay illegal. But then you'd have to explain why alcohol and tobacco are legal because those substances are way more harmful than marijuana. “79,000 people a year die from alcohol poisoning, while zero people have died from overdosing on marijuana” (Lauter). People think that prohibition has kept marijuana out of...