Essay about Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

771 Words Jun 14th, 2016 4 Pages
The legalization of marijuana has been an important issue presented to the states in recent years. Today, twenty-five states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical use marijuana. Despite the progress of viewing marijuana as not a problem but a positive advantage as major states have adopted the bill on legalization, Texas appears to still fall behind.
On October 5th, 2011 a State Rep. La Shawn Ford introduced a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill would make the possession of small amounts of marijuana a petty offense instead of a criminal offense. Mass incarceration is a major problem in the states due to 88% from 2001 to 2010 , were simply for having marijuana, according to ACLU’s original analysis. On top of the controversy of mass incarcerations for the use of marijuana a major racial bias conflict rises due to minorities being targeted and thrown in prison for petty weed cases. “The goal of the bill is stop making criminals of spot smokers, save taxpayers money by not incarcerating pot smokers and free up police to do more important work” said Ford. (Bob Skolnik).
The legalization of marijuana altogether would be even better, as studies and polls shows that there is no correlations with users hiking up the crime rate . A nationwide Quinnicpiac University poll showed the majority of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal. In states where the use of recreational marijuana is already legal such as Washington, Oregon,…

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