Legalization of Marijuana.

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Ah… weed. It makes you super chill, man.

In all seriousness, legalization of marijuana is a hot topic here in America. I personally believe that marijuana should be legalized, for a number of economic, political, and social reasons that I discuss below.

Let’s see why America should legalize marijuana, shall we?

Most people want it legalized

I live in a conservative county of New York, and I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t want to legalize marijuana. Look at the Pew Research data and you’ll find the majority of people in America want it legalized as well.

The economic incentive

If we legalized marijuana, we could:

  • Regulate it
  • Make sure it’s safe
  • Tax the f*&% out of it

Not to mention, it could out compete drug lords and reduce illegal drugs. More money, safer drugs, less drug lords.

Prison populations

It costs a lot to keep an inmate: anywhere from $14,000 to $60,000 a year. Average that out and it’s about $37,000 dollars per year. In 2015, 640,000 people were arrested for marijuana violation, most of them for possession. Add on to that the money spent each year on the War on Drugs…

That could’ve been $24 billion dollars for some other useful institution. Not to mention, that’s a lot of people who could’ve been contributing to the workforce.

Racism

Fun fact: marijuana was legal back in the 1890’s. You could buy it like over-the-counter medicine. However, it was banned starting from the 1930’s so that the U.S. government could target Mexicans. It was continued with the disastrous War on Drugs during the Nixon Administration.

Nixon was advised to legalize the drug, but he didn’t. Why? Well, according to Nixon’s Domestic Affairs advisor, John Ehrlichman, it was to associate blacks and Vietnam protesters with drugs, then criminalize those drugs, so that those communities could be oppressed. (Wow…) For more info, look here and here.

Okay, so I’ve given you the reasons. I’m 100% sure you’re convinced.

Still not convinced?! Man, you guys are tough! Well, here are some rebuttals to common arguments:


So there you have it. There’s a lot of economic incentive to be gained, people in jail to be freed, and business to grow. What’s not to love? It’s time to move on from these racist laws and begin a new era of prosperity and freedom.

Your move, U.S. government.

 

One thought on “Legalization of Marijuana.

  1. I’d like to see more data on how often weed can be taken without adversely affecting cognitive abilities permanently. Also, you did not mention its anti-inflammatory benefits, which is great for athletes, and it’s benefits for coping with diseases such as Parkinson’s.

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