Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1235 Words Dec 11th, 2015 5 Pages
It has been an argument that has surfaced at the dinner table of the law for decades. Marijuana has been illegal in many states because it is known as a harmful or deadly drug. In all reality that is not the case. Marijuana became illegal in 1973 because of the marijuana tax reported by (Get The Facts 1998-2014). In order to use marijuana people had to pay a tax; if you did not pay the tax the consequence was a large fine or jail time for refusing to pay the tax. DrugWarFacts.org reports “Drug prohibition was elevated to another level by targeting 'marijuana, ' a plant that had never demonstrated any harm to anyone. Harry J. Anslinger, the first Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics efforts to eradicate marijuana continued when Anslinger sought similar anti-narcotic laws against marijuana at the state level.” “ Guided by Anslinger’s policy direction, states began passing their own laws or adopting more strident versions of federal laws.” “ By 1952, nearly all states had anti-narcotic laws in place” stated by (Get The Facts 1998-2014). Marijuana should be legalized because it will decrease crime rates dramatically, it is a helpful resource to some medical conditions, and there are other substances such as alcohol and tobacco that are far more harmful and deadly than marijuana.

If marijuana becomes legalized there will be a less crimes for drugs. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States (SAMHSA, 2014). Since the year 1996 to 2012…

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