The United States has, in some states, legalized the use of marijuana. Studies done have shown that it helps the state economies grow, and has given the states millions of dollars in tax revenue. So imagine the money that would be saved if marijuana were legalized in the whole country. The United States would benefit from a stronger economy, increased jobs, reduced prison costs, lower medicinal marijuana prices, and the availability of medical marijuana to the people who need it.
Eight states (plus Washington D.C.), have legalized recreational marijuana, and twenty-nine states (plus Washington D.C.), have legalized medical marijuana. The marijuana legalization has been a very positive thing for every state that has had it legalized. When a state legalized marijuana, it gained millions of dollars in tax revenue, and it helped that state ‘s economy immensely, earning them millions and on rare occasions, billions of dollars.
With this in mind, we can assume that if the rest of the United States legalized marijuana, it can help our economy, slow down inflation, and increase the amount of jobs available also. There will be people needed to grow the marijuana, people to transport the marijuana, people to sell the marijuana, as well as, open and run the dispensaries. All of these will give American people more jobs.
Saving money can also be a positive outcome with the legalization of marijuana. It can be saved by not having to pay for people to go to court and to jail for smoking or growing the substance. If it were to be legalized, time and money would not be spent on tracking down and arresting people for using or growing marijuana inside of the law. Of course there is still a regulated amount considered legal when it is legalized in a state, but with the laws in place, there would be boundaries, and there would be less offenders breaking the law with marijuana. People would also be allowed to grow their own marijuana, but again, that would be limited as not to run the dispensaries out of business, thereby defeating the purpose of pointing out how legalizing marijuana will save the country money. There will still be people who will want to break the law though, as someone always does, but with legalization of marijuana, the number of arrests related to marijuana will go down substantially.
Marijuana legalization will help reduce illegal activity surrounding the plant too, again, reducing the need to pay for those people to go to jail. This includes, but is not limited to, people who, after its legalization, still want to grow and sell their own marijuana.
Aside from all of the benefits to people who want to use marijuana recreationally, there are benefits to using it medically, too. It can help people who suffer from insomnia, as it can relax them and aid them in sleeping. It helps people who suffer with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which is the most common example of medical marijuana use in the research. Also, people argue over whether or not it helps people with anxiety and depression. Though some consider marijuana a gateway drug (a light drug that tends to lead people to use harder drugs, such as cocaine or heroin, though continued use), it is entirely dependent on the person being recommended to use it whether or not they want to use it.
Other ways medical marijuana can help are stimulating apatite, this means that when consumed, marijuana helps with apatite, and makes you feel better without consuming more calories; reducing nausea and vomiting; although at this time, under studied, marijuana has been proven in a small experiment that it helps pain relief, and improves sleep; epilepsy, studies done have shown that those who have epilepsy, and took marijuana have seen that seizures happen less often, or not at all, although some still had seizures, a few did see an improvement in their condition; glaucoma, glaucoma is where there is pressure built up in the eye, and marijuana can help release the pressure built up.
If marijuana were legalized, for medical or recreational use, it would reduce the price, allowing it to be more accessible to the people who need it the most. Right now, in the states which have legalized it, marijuana is very expensive, plus the taxes on it make it even more expensive to buy. If it were legalized across the country, the taxes would not necessarily be reduced, but the actual price would of the product would be reduced, making it cheaper and more affordable for everyone.
With a less expensive price, with more accessibility of the product, and with the legalization of marijuana, more people would be willing and be able to purchase marijuana though the legalized means allowing more money in United States economy. The economy would also benefit from less illegal activity related to the drug as well as create more jobs nation-wide.
In summary, there are many positive points, as to why we should legalize marijuana, for medical, and even recreational use, such as more jobs, and helping people medically.
I believe, the United States would benefit from legalizing marijuana, and because, I believe it was like alcohol when that was being abolished by the government, but they couldn’t get rid of it, the government might as well legalize it, and make it easier for everyone.
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