There were 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% of the arrests were for just having weed. In the first 11 months of Colorado having marijuana recreationally legal, there was a 2.2% decrease in crime compared to the first 11 months of 2013. Traffic deaths were also thought to increase after legalization but instead did the opposite. In the same first 11 months of 2014, there was a 3% decrease in fatalities compared to 2013. This kept a 12 year long continuing decline to keep going down. Crime was just another thing about marijuana that people were misinformed about and it’s hurting the country because so many people misunderstand how helpful marijuana can be to not only the states but to the world as a
“Currently, the US Federal law prohibits Marijuana manufacture, distribution, sale and even possession of marijuana regardless of the amounts. Therefore according to the federal law, marijuana possession and use is still illegal. However, the federal law has allowed states to determine by themselves the legalization of marijuana on condition that there is adequate state authority to prevent its legislation from interfering or obstructing execution of federal duties” (Cole, 2013). It also demands state legislation to ensure that citizens enjoy public safety, public health and other benefits under federal law. The legalization should uphold the eight provisions provided for by the Attorney General’s office to prevent the law from being
Marijuana and marijuana oils have too many qualities that can benefit most people that it should be available to everyone. The value of the dollar is not very high right now, people are always trying to save as much money as they can and marijuana joints will be much cheaper than buying medication that will do the same thing. Many people in today’s society don’t understand why marijuana hasn’t been legalized everywhere when you look at the economic benefits. Marijuana legalization will provide jobs, help the economy, and help raise the value of the
Some areas in the United States face higher rates of crime and drug abuse. This contributes to the prevalence of health disparities within different communities. In order to eliminate or decrease the distinct difference between areas that are at higher health risks than others one must begin to understand why they exist.
Although it is legal in twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form it needs to be legal in all states. Marijuana can help treat different health issues such as posttraumatic disease, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis (19 Primary Pros and Cons of Legalizing Weed). The use of medical marijuana should be a federal whereas recreational use should be up to the states. Marijuana can also be used for cancer. The marijuana would help cope with the pain and nausea that comes with chemotherapy. It will also help with the cancer patient’s food intake and the neuropathic pain that comes with cancer treatment. It isn’t fair that someone is not being offered the best care available. Marijuana could better the lives of many ill people (Marijuana and Cancer). I think the use of marijuana will also drop patient’s hospital bills because pain pills will no longer need to be used as often. Marijuana would be huge for the medical field if
Starting from the beginning, I will tell you what marijuana - also called grass, ganja, pot, and various other slang terms - is. Marijuana comes from the Indian hemp plant and is the greenish-brown mixture of the dried flowers of cannabis sativa. When I was younger I used to believe that speaking positively about Marijuana, makes you look like a bad personage or either worse, a criminal. This opinion was based on the false information media produced and on the government laws of my country. However, by enhancing my knowledge, I have decided that cannabis offers so much to humanity, that not only it has many benefits, it has to be legalized. The beneficiary development of the economy, the helpful cannabis medicine and the reduction of the criminality
Fifty-two percent of all jail arrests in 2010 were linked to marijuana possession (ACLU). All states combined spent approximately 3.6 billion dollars enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010, according to a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union, entitled “The War On Marijuana In Black and White.” (Huffington Post). Statistics show that over twenty billion dollars will be spent on marijuana law enforcement in the next few years. Additionally, states in America pay at the minimum seven hundred fifty dollars for each arrest involving marijuana. Taxpayers pay over fifteen billion dollars a year to house jail inmates arrested for marijuana
If marijuana is regulated and taxed properly, it can generate millions of dollars that can help pay the debt of the US and/or help cities rebuild a better infrastructure. Marijuana has become the third most popular drug in the US behind alcohol and tobacco. It is a renewable resource and is not just used for smoking; it can be used to make paper, oils, and cloth. Every year millions of tax dollars are being spent to enforce marijuana laws. If these laws were repealed and marijuana was legalized, we would not only make money from the marijuana, but we would also be using a lot less money to enforce marijuana laws. The legalization of marijuana would create an increase in jobs because it will create a new industry. It can create many businesses related to marijuana such as spas, textiles, paper, marijuana dispensaries, and many others. All of these will help boost the economy. The only reason it was banned was because of a man named William Randolph Hearst wanted to eliminate a textile competitor because he was using hemp to create his textiles. Hearst was big in the media so he launched a marijuana prohibition movement and later got marijuana banned in Congress. Marijuana is easy to cultivate. It is illegal to cultivate a lot at once because even though the state allows it because the federal government never legalized it. In the end, it would greatly help the country and we would
Marijuana is a drug that is used by approximately 38% in America. Recently, there has been a movement to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Some states and communities have already passed laws to legalize marijuana and many more have plans to bring legalization to a vote in the near future. While there are many arguments for why marijuana should be legalized, legalizing marijuana is the wrong choice. Marijuana is addicting, can lead to usage of other drugs and has negative impact on society.
In the latest’s marijuana documentary, Pot Barons of Colorado, The “Race for Aurora” is a race for licensure for sales of marijuana in the state of Colorado. Colorado being a state that recently legalized recreational use of marijuana has pot dispensary owners looking to cash in on the marijuana industry. In the documentary the city of Aurora announced they were issuing only twenty-four dispensary licenses; being the states third largest city in Colorado and up and coming, Aurora seemed to be the perfect place for these dispensary owners to set up shop. The race began as the owners rush against time and deadlines to meet specific requirements from the state. The documentary shows the ups and downs these owners endure to be apart of this booming business. For instance, Marijuana is legal by the state of Colorado however; under federal law its still illegal. Jamie Perino of Euflora purchased a bank for about a million dollars, her initial plan is to use is as a dispensary location. If her plan falls through she can use it to charge a fee to the competition to store their money. In Colorado most banks are backed by the federal government, marijuana is illegal by the federal government so they wont allow the banks to
Millions of people around the world are consumers of marijuana. The demand for legalizing marijuana has grown throughout the years. Users of marijuana pledge for it to be legalized to avoid the prison life. For now, marijuana is an illegal drug in almost all countries. With the demand of it increasing, the legalization of marijuana has grown to be a very controversial topic recently. This subject has been debated numerous times over the past few years. People’s points of view and researches about the topic have varied greatly. Some people believe that marijuana should be legalized, while the rest feel should stay prohibited.
Marijuana is a very prominent issue in society today. Many false and slanderous things have been said about marijuana in recent times. But the truth about marijuana continues to reveal itself. Sadly these truths are being criticised because of the stereotypical view that many people call the typical “pot smoker”. This false perception of a lazy and unmotivated America is the result of over seventy years of propaganda and misinformation. In my opinion for many reasons, the Federal Government should legalize marijuana in all 50 states.
In 1919, alcohol was made illegal across the United States with the goal to better people’s lives and make society safer. During the fourteen years that the prohibition lasted, crime rate nearly doubled, unemployment rose, and tax revenue decreased. Eventually the ban on alcohol was repealed because of its negative impact on the economy and society. Now fast forward to the year 2015, where a common substance known as marijuana is illegal. It was made illegal in the 1930’s for the same reasons as alcohol, because it was believed that it was going to do harm to society. As years have gone by, it is obvious that a mistake was made. The fact that marijuana was made illegal has created numerous problems for the United States that on the long run could have been easily avoided. Countries in different parts of the world and some states within the United States have already legalized marijuana and they have all shown positive outcomes out of their decisions. Although marijuana is illegal in majority of the states, legalizing marijuana for recreational use would bring about social and economical reforms that would help deter crime in the country, increase the amount of money the government makes, and also help people that are medically in need of the drug.
Marijuana legalization, for whatever reason, has been a topic of heated debate for years now. Different people express different opinions about why or why not it should be legalized for recreational use. The American FDA categorizes marijuana as a Schedule I drug meaning that its benefits are not guaranteed as many people claim. Although the drug has been said to contain medical benefits, the reality is that further research on how and when to use it is needed. Different states have legalized the use of Marijuana for medical reasons. Today the demands are changing in different states. In States such as Colorado and Washington, marijuana has been legalized for recreational use. This move raised several questions as far as decriminalization of marijuana is concerned. Besides portraying the US in a bad light, legalization of marijuana for recreation increases the risk of developing mental problems, increases government expenditure on public health, jeopardizes the future of children, and is a gateway to other dangerous drugs.
This is an issue today because once you start using it you become dependent on it. You are also exposing yourself to carcinogens present in the smoke. Studies have shown if you use this drug you are more likely to experience problems at school, home, or at your job. A person already has enough problems they face in daily life, they don 't need anymore from taking