Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1654 Words Feb 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Though marijuana was highly respected in ancient cultures, it eventually gained a bad reputation, mostly due to misleading and exaggerated information in the media and lack of funding for research. In fact, laws banning marijuana in 1937 wrongly accused marijuana of being among the most dangerous and addictive drugs (Burnett). Even after it was disproved and deemed relatively safe, government representatives kept marijuana banned, leading the public to believe that marijuana is worse than it really is. Unfortunately, this is just one example of the misleading information surrounding marijuana. Recreational marijuana should be legalized because it would be good for the economy, allow the government to regulate marijuana use, and protect personal freedoms. As Noah said, recreational marijuana should be legalized because it causes less harm than other drugs, can bring in tax revenue, and provide medical benefits.
By the end of 2016, the United States is estimated to accumulate over 20 trillion dollars in debt. The United States needs the financial benefits of legalized marijuana. Since its legalization, marijuana sales in Colorado have risen to 34 million dollars and have brought in 45 million dollars in tax revenue in 2014, between January and July (Ingraham). Colorado devoted 40 million dollars a year to benefit the construction of schools (Hughes). If carried out throughout the United States, the legalization of marijuana could bring in tax revenue than can be used to…

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