Legalization of Marijuana

By: Emanuel Soto

Should marijuana be legalized in the United States?

Yes, because we can put taxes on marijuana and help the economy, we could also use the seeds for food, and the hemp for things such as clothes; also it is far less dangerous than alcohol and any other drug. Lastly, %52 percent of Adult Americans think it should be legal and %72 percent of Americans thinks the Federal Government efforts against marijuana "cost more than they are worth."

Taxing Marijuana

Taxing Marijuana would be huge in Tax revenue. It is estimated to be $70 million a year. Also it is estimated that $576 million of marijuana would be sold annually. We could use the Tax revenue to construct schools or other projects. It would also help our economy and create new jobs, since there would be stores needing to be selling the Marijuana.

Americans say yes

To start off, %52 of adult Americans believe that Marijuana should be legal. Also %72 of Americans think that the Federal Government efforts against Marijuana "cost more than they are worth." That is almost 3/4ths of American people that think the War on Marijuana is costing more than should be spent. If America legalized Marijuana then instead of wasting Money on the fight against it, we would be helping our economy and be making millions of tax revenue annually.

Less Dangerous than Alcohol

"In my 37 years as a physician, the number of patient I've admitted to the hospital with complications from marijuana use is zero. The number I've admitted due to alcohol use is profound," said Donald Abrams, chief of oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. As you can see alcohol has hurt much more people than Marijuana has. Why make Alcohol legal when it causes more deaths and hurts more people than Marijuana?
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Conclusion

In conclusion, I do believe Marijuana should be legal because of these 3 reasons, taxing Marijuana helps the economy, Americans believe it should, and lastly it is far less dangerous then alcohol.

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