Legalization of Marijuana in the United States is an ongoing topic that has been going on for several years. There are vast majority of Americans who are for this move and against this move. While each side has several good arguments to defend their case, neither one has a distinct advantage over the other. I will be going over several arguments or point of views as well will have several facts about the effects of Marijuana whether it is good or bad.
Marijuana is a very prominent and controversial issue in society today. Many people are under the assumption that Marijuana is a harmful drug and receive heavy criticism because of stereotypical view people have on “pot smokers” or “pot heads. However it is a well know fact that people have been using Marijuana for over 5,000 for medical purposes. Today thousands of patients across the United States are using Marijuana as an effective way to treat their ailments. These disorders consist of pain relief, nausea, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Some use it as an appetite stimulant for people who have AIDSHIV that are going through chemotherapy.
In today’s economic situation, Marijuana could be a huge revenue creator. In fact it is estimated in the state of California, if weed was legalized the state could benefit over 1 billion dollars in annually by taxing and sales of Marijuana to the public. It is estimated that Mendocino County in California generates over 1 billion a year on the sale of medical marijuana. From a numbers point of view, in Mendocino County, it costs the grower about $400 to grow a pound of weed. In return the grower sells one pound of weed to a middle man for $2,500, then it yields about $6000 on the street. With the low start-up costs, Marijuana is one of the most profitable drugs of all.
Now sure Marijuana is used for medicinal purposes and has proven to be helpful to ailing patients. It has also proven to be able to bring in a substantial amount of revenue for certain states. However Marijuana does have its negative effects on the human body. Marijuana causes physical effects which includes increased heart and pulse rate, bloodshot eyes, and dry throat and mouth. Studies have shown that the earlier age people decide to use marijuana the more likely they will experiment with other drugs, and lose interest and are unmotivated to do any kind of schoolwork. It decreases your ability to drive by slowing down your ability to think properly and slows down you reflexes. Studies have also determined after long continued use individuals can become “burnt out” which makes the individual dull, slow moving, and inattentive.
Marijuana has its pro’s but it also has its cons. In its entirety it’s an individual’s opinion on whether or not it’s good for society. To this day there have been several determinations about the legalization of Marijuana in the United States, and the causes and effects it has on society. Mendocino County is known for growing Marijuana in the state of California and is legal for the most part due to the medical use. Cartels however are using this to their advantage and are growing weed within the county to grow Marijuana on their own. Last week the DEA has confiscated over $800 million worth of pot. Three months ago the DEA has also determined that Marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and should remain illegal under federal law. However because the DEA announced this determination, this doesn’t mean all is lost for the legalization of Marijuana. As far as the current status of medical marijuana, there are 16 states that currently permit the use and sale of medicinal marijuana. These states include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Michigan.
When writing this essay there are several pro’s and con’s about Marijuana in general and the state in which states want to legalize pot. Whether it’s a good idea or not is not for me to determine, all I can do is produce facts and my opinion. Although my opinion really doesn’t amount to serve any justice or produce any kind of cause. The fact is that there are valuable arguments on both sides of each argument. Whether you’re against Marijuana in general or your consistent “pot smoker” that’s your prerogative. As of right now and as it looks in the near future Marijuana is illegal and will continue to be. Unless you move to one of the 16 states where medical Marijuana is justified as a treatment to your undying illness.
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