In the United States marijuana has become of the most widely used drugs (drugpages).
A number of movements to legalize marijuana have been gaining attention lately. Currently there are 14 states where marijuana is legal for medical use (medicalmarijuana). 41% of U.S. citizens believe marijuana should be legalized (drugpolicy) but others are still concerned about health damage. American society has lost the war against marijuana, and that's okay. We should stop wasting time and money trying to reverse history and instead legalize both medical and recreational use of this mild narcotic widely seen as no more harmful than alcohol.
Marijuana is usually smoked as a joint (rolled with paper) or in a pipe. Marijuana can also be consumed, but the effects of the drug are delayed vs. smoking, and have a longer effect. The popularity comes from the different physical and psychological effects of the main drug (THC delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Some physical effects are distorted perception, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory (infofacts). The common psychological reaction consists of a dreamy, stress-free state in which people seem more aware of their senses.
Legalization could mean a variety of benefits, a safer product, an additional form of tax revenue, less drug dealers, and police could focus more on serious crimes. The Food & Drug Administration could regulate the quality and safety of marijuana. Many drug users become sick or die due to poorly-prepared products. In any case, there is nothing to regulate what is sold and no way to pursue legal obligation. By uniting marijuana into the legitimate business world, you can supervise production and regulate sales.
Marijuana could be a source of extra tax revenue. A massive amount of money is raised through government taxation of alcohol, cigarettes; this shows the potential windfall in the taxation of marijuana. It is estimated that marijuana is the largest cash crop in California, with annual revenues approaching $14 billion. A 10% pot tax would yield $1.4 billion in California alone (time). The taxation of marijuana would create more jobs and stimulate the economy.
Most drug dealers would lose a great deal of business if not all. The illegal drug trade is the financial engine that fuels many terrorist organizations around the world (fff.org). What makes the drug trade such a success is the efforts of the United States to dispel illegal drugs. Legalization would reduce prices and open competition, eliminating the multibillion-dollar industry that supports crime at all levels.
Law enforcement resources would be freed up for more severe crimes. Marijuana accounts for almost three-quarters of all drug-related arrests in the United States (drugpolicy). Most consider the war on drugs an expensive failure. Resources of all levels of government (federal, state, and local authorities) partake in the fight (mjlegal). Think about the...