Instructor Keisha Dean
January 15, 2015
The legalization of marijuana has been a controversial topic for many years now. Do the pros of the legalization of marijuana outweigh the cons of the legalization of marijuana? I believe so. The fact is Marijuana legalization would have an abundance of positive effects for not only the U.S. but for the world as well. Cannabis is not a deadly plant. However some choose to argue that the crime rate would rise as of a result of the legalization of marijuana. However legalization of cannabis would lessen the prison population, allow marijuana to be table and create billions of dollars that would be used in the United States and other countries. Marijuana legalization would allow cannabis to become it’s own industry. Marijuana legalization would reduce the impact of gangs in the streets. ...view middle of the document...
” The reliability, credibility, and validity of the data being used by this author seem to be legit. However, I disagree with the statement given in this article because the reason for the construction of the article is poor and has logical fallacies. In the article the AACOP expressed concern for the issue however clearly states that no evidence this to be an issue in Alaska. The AACOP to me in this article imply that by legalizing marijuana the crime rate would see a boost like what’s been seen in Colorado.
With that being said my argument is that by legalizing cannabis and medicinal marijuana you would see a decrease in crime. Most users of marijuana are considerably more peaceful and easy going. The state of Colorado is a prime example of this. The murder rates have dropped by 42%, not to mention crime rates have also dropped by 14.6%. In that violent crimes have decreased in the first year by 2.4%, and murder rates are down by 42%. This proves that legalization is in fact a service to society then not ("Natural Society", 2014).
In conclusion I honestly and whole-heartedly believe that there is a lot we as a whole can benefit from the legalization of marijuana. Not only would it help the economy but it would also give users and those around them a sense of peace.
Natural Society. (2014). Retrieved from http://naturalsociety.com/colorado-crime-rates-14-6-since-legalizing-marijuana/
AACOP survey of Alaskan police chiefs conducted April 28-May 5, 2014. Retrieved from http://aacop.org
The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact Vol. 1/August 2013
MARIJUANA USE BY YOUNG PEOPLE: The Impact of State Medical Marijuana Laws By Karen O’Keefe, Esq, Director of State Policies, Marijuana Policy Project and Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology University at Albany, State University of New York, Updated: June 2011