Essay on Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1353 Words Dec 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Introduction The legalization, de-criminalization, and approval of marijuana is a highly debated topic in American legislature today. The approval of marijuana by legislature would be beneficial to many people directly and indirectly. Directly, people with medicinal needs, would benefit tremendously. Indirectly, if the government cut funding towards marijuana prohibition, and taxing the sale of it would make a large impact in the economy. The purpose of this letter is to explain why legislature should pass laws to approve legalized marijuana. Marijuana is the third highest used drug in America today, only behind alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana is classified as a controlled substance by law. Other controlled substances on the same list are heroin and cocaine. Unlike heroin and cocaine, marijuana is widely experimented with and used by nearly 41 percent of the population based on a poll taken by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (Marijuana, 2005). Of that 41 percent, some of the most influential people in America have admitted to marijuana use. For example, presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and our current president Barack Obama have all confessed to using marijuana. Marijuana was not always an illegal substance and should not be today. Marijuana was legal in the United States until the early 1940’s. Today, the benefits of legal marijuana outweigh the risks. Although, there are many compelling facts about marijuana and its benefits, there are…

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