Agree: Legalization of Marijuana

Agree that marijuana should be legalized?  There are actually quite a few reasons that marijuana should be made legal.  For instance, it would save our government money and actually generate revenue for our country and some companies.  Drug dealers and terrorist networks funded by the drug trade would take a significant hit to their businesses.  Legalization of this drug would actually make crime rates drop.  Also, marijuana is no more harmful to individuals than alcohol or cigarettes are, and it can be used as a stress reliever.  The legalization of marijuana would actually produce measurable benefits regarding an array of issues.

The legalization of marijuana would have a serious impact on our country’s economy and crime rates.  If the laws were changed, Jeffery A. Miron, a Harvard professor, estimated that $7.7 billion would be saved by law enforcement agencies and $6.2 billion could be generated through taxation.  This money could be used to help relieve the country’s current economic situation or to crack down on more serious crimes, such as rape and murder.  The underground market is controlled by drug dealers, many of which support terrorists organizations.  If marijuana was legalized, the enormous street prices for pot would be greatly lowered because these drug dealers would have much more competition to deal with.  Large benefits would likely be seen by many companies, such as Archer Daniels Midland, ConAgra Foods, Consellation Brands, and Allied Domecq, who would be the growers and distributes of marijuana, if it were made legal to use.  Even Home Depot may see a rise in revenue as some people would choose to grow their own pot.  The legalization of marijuana would not only save our government money and lower crime rates, but it would benefit the agricultural portion of our economy greatly.

Additionally, marijuana should be legalized because it is no more dangerous than other similar drugs.  Many doctors believe that marijuana is no more addictive than alcohol or cigarettes.  Also, overdosing on marijuana is unheard of as it has a negligible therapeutic index; you do not need to smoke a lot of it to attain the desired high.  The claims that smoking pot is 4 times more carcinogenic than smoking cigarettes are unfair; how many people chain smoke pot compared to cigarettes.  Simply put people smoke a significantly less amount of marijuana than cigarettes to maintain their high or control their addiction.  Pot can also be used effectively to reduce stress levels, and it is used in the treatment of many medical issues, such as with glaucoma or patients undergoing chemotherapy.  Overall marijuana is a much safer drug compared to alcohol or cigarettes with regards to the negative effects that it can have on ones health, but it also has many legitimate uses.

Marijuana should be made legal because of the many positive changes that it would create. Removing the prohibition on pot would reduce crime rates, help regarding the war on terrorism, and give the agricultural economy a much needed boost.  It is also no more dangerous than other related drugs and shows that it has numerous medical uses.  Legalizing marijuana is something that when examined carefully shows many benefits to a large number of areas.

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Ashli
March 5th, 2009 9:06 pm

Totally agree. If anything everyone needs to be more informed on marijuana’s benifits. If people really did know more they would be more open to it’s legalization 🙂

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Catt
April 13th, 2009 10:11 pm

I’m still out to lunch on this issue but the more I research the more it makes sense to legalize it. I mean come on, if people want to be stupid and mess up their lives then let them the government doesn’t need to step in and play babysitter. There are more important things to deal with in the criminal world.

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Alison
May 6th, 2009 1:11 pm

Many people smoke marijuana because it is illegal, same as with other crimes. People like attention and many times are willing to do anything to get it. If marijuana was legalized, yes, it would increase some health issues for some but, in my opinion, many would quit because it wouldn’t be as much of a big deal because it is legal. They wont be seen as a ‘daredevil’ anymore. Also, if it is legalized and people are forwarned about the medical consequences, yet choose to smoke it regularly, then if they die of cancer or have mental health issues, then it’s honestly their own fault because they were warned about those consequences.

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Tiffany
October 21st, 2009 1:06 pm

I totally agree, that marijuana should be legalized. There are many more benifits than some people realize. Not only could legalizing marijuana help boost our economy, but it could also be more easily accessable. Some people who have mental health issues don’t go to the local Mental Health department because of the stigma, but they do smoke pot. For some people with Bi-Polarism, it helps with mood swings and moodiness. Let’s do the research people and get this thing passed.

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Ashley
November 1st, 2009 7:16 pm

I agree that marijuana should be legalized. Knowledge is so important and because many people have no clue about the medical benefits of smoking marijuana or eating it, people are in the dark. Alcohol is the cause of many deaths whether by drunk drivers, alcohol poisoning or violence fueled by alcohol. But thats legal?? As I said, knowledge is the key. If the government is able to regulate distribution, make profits, and provide statistical awareness of the effects of marijuana then it will be up to the individual to choose as it is with alcohol and cigarettes. Not to mention the insane amount of prescription drugs out there that are just as much drugs and used by addicts. Im all for it. Just think if your loved one had cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy, if pot helped them with nausea, appetite, insomnia, pain, stress etc…would you want them to use it?? Of course.

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Dan
February 3rd, 2010 11:00 am

look at the reasons that pot was made illegal in the first place that alone shows the corruption in our government, there is no reason that it should be illegal. our nation’s economy and crime rates would be much better off never mind the instant billions of dollars that we would save and make!!!

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Ashley
September 29th, 2010 1:25 pm

I most definately agree. I actually think it is less harmful then drinking and smoking. My only question is, why isn’t it already legal. If it really helps crime rate go down and an overall better economy why wait.

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Joel
January 19th, 2011 3:54 pm

I definately agree! Marijuana has so many more benefits. Legalizing Marijuana will boost the economy, and that means more money for our government and all the people. No more living in this ‘Recession.’ I don’t know about you guys but im so for this!

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