Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1254 Words Jun 18th, 2015 6 Pages
One of the most prominent issues in American culture is slowly working its way from the couches of stoners to the desks of state officials; the issue is whether or not America is ready for the use of recreational marijuana. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington have blazed the trail on this issue by vaporizing their states’ marijuana prohibition laws. Like any issue though, there are two very divided sides. Skeptics will argue, that the legalization of recreational marijuana could have a negative benefit on society. But the research shows that marijuana does have some significant health benefits. Many states have begun using marijuana to treat a variety of medical conditions such as cancer, hyperthyroidism and insomnia (United). But is America ready to indulge in marijuana much in the way we consume alcohol? Would legalizing marijuana deter crime? Will crime rates go up? Can the taxes collected from dispensaries help boost the economy? Are the risks worth the reward? These are all questions many state lawmakers will have to answer as they decide whether or not their state is ready to legalize recreational marijuana. There is no shortage of strong opposition to Amendment 64, which in summary states that: the personal use, possession and limited cultivation is now legal for people over the age of twenty-one. Furthermore the amendment also removes any legal penalties associated with the previously mentioned cases (Overview of Amendment 64). A DEA publication makes a great…

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