Why Marijuana should be legalized
I believe marijuana as a drug is wrong but at the same time I can’t overlook its helpful benefits to those in pain from an illness. Marijuana can be used to help one calm down or relieve stress that has built up throughout the day. Smoking tobacco also helps with stress and has a higher risk of causing mouth cancer, throat cancer, or lung cancer then smoking weed. Legalizing Marijuana means we can treat the problem of drug abuse as a medical problem not a criminal one. It is estimated that the United States government spends $10 billion dollars a year in its attempts to keep Marijuana off the street, while the State of California has revenue of 14 billion annually for the production of its legalized ...view middle of the document...
1 out of 6 people in jail are in for non-violent drug offenses6. Prisons are overcrowded and it is very costly to keep people in prison. Legalizing Marijuana would make room for more violent offenders. Unlike Alcohol and prescription drugs, Marijuana is not lethal by overdosing. A study in 2009 by U.S. Department of Health and Human Studies published that 69.7 million Americans are current users of tobacco products, 15 million Americans abuse alcohol, and only 4.2 million Americans abuse Marijuana.7 Everyday 1,000 people die from smoking related illnesses, 550 die from alcohol related accidents and diseases, and less than 20 die of drug related causes.4 Legalization may not cause a spike in use as critics acclaim. American adolescents use Marijuana twice as much as their counter parts in Holland where Marijuana is legal.3
3 Goldberg, Raymond. Taking Sides: Drugs and Society. Second Edition. Guilford, Connecticut:
Dushkin Publishing Group/Brown and Benchmark Publishers, 1996. Pages 21, 54
4 Trebach, Arnold S. Legalize It? Washington DC: The American University Press, 1993. Page 43
5 Klein, Joe "Why Legalized Marijuana Makes Sense.” Time, April 02, 2009
as retrieved from: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1889021,00.html
6 Trebach, Arnold S. Legalize It? Washington DC: The American University Press, 1993. Pages 13, 33
7 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2010). Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Volume I. Summary of National
Findings (Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-38A, HHS Publication No. SMA 10-4856Findings). Rockville, MD.