The legalization of marijuana in the U.S. would drastically reduce crime in our cities and form a more productive society through its positive uses.
The war on drugs deals with every level of society. Every year, the U.S. government spends large amounts of money to control drug use and to enforce laws enacted to protect society from the dangers of certain drugs. Some argue that the fight against drugs is not needed and that society has already lost the war on drugs and the only way to remedy the problem to end most of the fighting altogether is by decriminalizing the use of marijuana.
Government spending is the major reason for the many Americans that are pushing for the legalization.
The U.S. criminal justice system is overcrowded with offenders who have been convicted of crimes related to marijuana possession, trafficking, and dealing. If marijuana became legal, much of the prison and jail overcrowding problem would be solved. In addition, money and resources allocated by police forces to combat marijuana crimes could be used toward other divisions like violent crimes units. Also, marijuana laws disproportionately affect African-Americans, Hispanics, and people of lower socio-economic classes. Legalizing marijuana would be a step toward ending these institutional biases.
The federal government spent $1 billion on marijuana enforcement in 1980 alone and about $5 billion in 1990.We may now be spending $10 billion annually .
Basically, legalization would give the government more control over the purity and potency of the marijuana that it would allow the international drug trade to be regulated more effectively.
Over the past few decades, many credible minds have stated their concern about the outrageous spending of the government on enforcing marijuana laws. All of these minds have come to the same conclusion, which is to legalize marijuana.
The US Government classifies marijuana as schedule 1; no medicinal value and highly addictive. Yet they own the patent for using cannabinoids as a antioxidant and neuro-protectant.
Yes you are reading this correctly: THE US GOVT. HAS PATENTED MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Patent #6630507
Why would the Government want to own a patent on a drug that has no medicinal value, is highly addictive and toxic??
Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties,unrelated to NDMA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in treatment and prophylaxis of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants.
Having a regulated market for marijuana sale and purchase is beneficial on numerous levels. Legalizing marijuana and creating a regulated market would mean that the seemingly endless amount of money being sent to foreign countries for illegal drug smuggling would stop. When a substance is made illegal its value immediately rises, and that means that someone is making a profit. In many cases, that profit is being made by individuals in foreign countries. In addition, a regulated market would also mean that teenagers would be less likely to sell marijuana to make a quick buck. In turn, teens would be less likely to be exposed to other, harder illegal drugs being sold on the same market.
Everyone is well aware of the dangers that alcohol and tobacco use presents to the population, but there is no definitive, scientific evidence that states that marijuana has long-lasting, harmful effects. Alcohol and tobacco use causes hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States every year. Annual deaths are even reported from abuse of aspirin, and yet not one single death an be attributed to the recreational use of marijuana.
To further attest to its non harmful effects, many patients suffering from cancer, glaucoma, and other ailments use medical marijuana as a treatment. Medical grade marijuana is used to treat symptoms including pain and nausea, and many credit its use as essential to their recovery.
For the record, heroin is also considered a Schedule 1 drug…