Essay about Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1500 Words Nov 19th, 2014 6 Pages
Marijuana has been an increasingly controversial topic in America for years, playing a central role in American culture and countercultures. Although polls suggest that there is not a large gap between those who believe it should be legalized or kept illegal, the majority believes that it should remain illegal (Milligan, 2014). This opinion is reinforced by the media’s stereotypical portrayal of a marijuana consumer, commonly referred to as a “pothead” and depicted as unmotivated in such propaganda. This perspective is typically found among the older generations, however, as science and politics are now revealing the pros of marijuana legalization, the younger generations are getting behind the movement to legalize marijuana (Milligan, 2014). From a purely numbers perspective, this marijuana prohibition results in the arrest of more than 740,000 individuals a year, and enforcing this prohibition on marijuana is a costly process, adding up to an estimated ten billion taxpayers’ dollars annually (Boaz, 2000). If marijuana were to be legalized, it would open up a new tax source through marijuana and hemp sales and production, which would help stabilize and improve our economy (Caulkins et al., 2013). Also by legalizing marijuana, the government would be able to better regulate it, enforcing measures to ensure that only people of age would use it, and it would remain a controlled substance. This would virtually break down the black market marijuana business, making it a much…

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