Let me begin by warning you, this is an extremely controversial topic. Legalizing recreational marijuana should be a top priority for the state of Florida. When put on a scale the benefits outweigh the cons. For one, the crime rate in our state will lower. Secondly, many people cannot afford prescription drugs, recreational marijuana can be used for various ailments and its health benefits exceed expectation. To add, recreational marijuana is taxable! Therefore, it is money that can be put into our communities. Recreational marijuana as intimidating as some may think, can actually benefit our community in many ways.
Imagine having an incurable disease and no way to cope with the pain, well this is the case for many Americans and their problems can be solved with marijuana. Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado it has decreased the amount of opioid related deaths. Medical marijuana has many great attributes such as its ability to safely and effectively help people with symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and epilepsy. There are many non smoked ways to consume marijuana, such as in cooking oils, butter, foods, and from vaporizers. If the marijuana is regulated by the FDA it will be safer because there is no chance of it being laced with anything. The human body can only overdose on synthetic marijuana so not to say it 's harmless , but it is less dangerous than other drugs or even cigarettes. In 2017, Colorado made $247,368,473 on marijuana tax let alone all the tax on products related to ingesting marijuana. I believe marijuana should legalized , but regulated in smaller amounts and have a tax to help support the state. This information was gathered from https://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/ and https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/revenue/colorado-marijuana-tax-data.
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
Smoking marijuana is considered a victimless crime and in most cases the only person at risk is the consumer (19 Primary Pros and Cons of Legalizing Weed). People have the choice to drink alcohol so why not have the same freedom as marijuana. The myth is that marijuana is much worse than alcohol. However, this theory has been largely debunked. Around 17.6 million people or one in every 12 adults suffer from some sort of alcohol abuse. Only about 9 percent of people who smoke marijuana get addicted to it. In my opinion, marijuana should have the same limitations as alcohol. Driving while high is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Another pro that marijuana has is that it makes people skinnier rather than making them fatter. Alcohol usually causes weight gain and can sometimes give people beer belly’s whereas smoking marijuana makes people hungry. Both can cause health problems, but people use both at their own risks. It goes back to the point that people deserve to be able to choose whether they want to smoke marijuana or not (Is Marijuana as Safe). Personal freedom is nice but the most important reason to legalize it is medical
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.
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
Out of 473 adult users surveyed by the Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia over 86% of them reported that they substituted cannabis for at least one of three things: alcohol, prescription medication, or illegal drugs. With 80.6 of the 86% were abandoning pills for the organic alternative. Weed is both figuratively and literally growing in marketing industry. That’s why the younger half of people will be more likely to use it and use it instead of pharmaceuticals, alcohol, and stronger drugs because they are growing up in the world while it is finding out that marijuana isn’t so bad after all and laws are evolving to let it into the legal side. 5 pharmaceuticals that cannabis can replace are Vicodin (painkillers), Xanax (anti-anxiety), Adderall (stimulants), Ambien (sleep aids), Zoloft (antidepressants). However you cannot use the same strain of marijuana to treat all these symptoms because different strains have different
Many in favor of legalization would state that marijuana has minimal health risks, is not addictive, can treat many major illnesses. One interesting statistics suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana actually lowers the abuse or experimentation of marijuana use in youth. Also, legalization of marijuana in all states suggests an overall decline in crime rates. One can assume that legalization would provide necessary medical treatments for those who need it, less abuse of marijuana use, and a lower crime rate involving drugs. It has been said that marijuana is safer than many other drugs that are already legalized, and marijuana has never killed anyone from an overdose. More than half of Americans are in favor of marijuana legalization, and it has already been made legal in some states. It is a good idea to legalize medical marijuana. The other side of medical marijuana legalization is that it is detrimental to youth and users. Less than half of Americans believe that the use of medical marijuana is not beneficial medically. Many people believe that marijuana is a gateway drug and that the medical use will be abused and that people will become addicted to marijuana. Often times, people against legalization see the legalization as a way to lower the standard of drug use in America. If marijuana is legalized some assume that it will lead to the legalization of other drugs. Another reason why marijuana should not be
Legalizing marijuana won’t benefit at all for the big corrupt pharmaceutical companies, if the cannabis is passed as a drug for health issues. Maybe that’s why lawmakers haven’t maybe won’t pass the law to legalize Marijuana. Yes the companies can get involved but then somehow it will get corrupt and won’t benefit the citizens. Before anything the citizens need to know what’s wrong these major companies and why these aren 't and are being passed. Marijuana has major benefits and will do great in society. Many things for healthcare and our planet can benefit from
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 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.
Over the last 18 years, 23 state governments have legalized marijuana, taxonomically known as cannabis sativa, for medicinal use. Voters in these states have declared that the federal government has scheduled marijuana inaccurately, in that cannabis has many medical uses. Medical professionals in these states prescribe marijuana as a treatment for ailments ranging from insomnia and muscle pain, to post traumatic stress and epilepsy. But recently, we have seen a shift in marijuana reformation movements throughout the country. Since 2012, the electorate in 3 states and Washington DC have decided that marijuana should also be legalized for use as a recreational drug, to be sold, regulated, and taxed in a manner similar
Proponents of marijuana argue that there are numerous medical benefits and that the drug is not more harmful than tobacco or alcohol. On the other hand, opponents argue that marijuana is too dangerous; its legalization would increase the chances of the drug falling into the hands of teens and that marijuana use often progresses to the use of more dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine. In the past decade, a number of movements to legalize the use of marijuana has been gaining momentum. According to the 2016 Gallup survey, a record high 60% of Americans say that marijuana should be legalized and this figure marks a 9% increase compared to 2014. Support for legalizing marijuana was 31% in 2000, 50% in 2016 before reaching 60% last year. This shows that despite government efforts to eliminate its use, marijuana is becoming more popular. It is clear that
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.
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.