The Legalization of Marijuana Argumentative Essay by JJ Phillips

The Legalization of Marijuana
An argument in favor of the legalization of marijuana.
# 65683 | 1,175 words | 7 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on May 15, 2006 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Law (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper argues that marijuana should be legalized in the United States. The author presents a host of arguments, supported by medical personnel and economic statistics, that it should be legalized for both medical and recreational use. The author also reviews the claim that marijuana should at least be decriminalized, i.e. a fine rather than jail time.

From the Paper:

"The legalization of marijuana could help the U.S. economy by opening up new jobs. While the government would make a lot of money in taxes, sales and distribution costs, legalization would also cause the price of the drug to decrease, which means more people could afford it. According to estimations, if marijuana were legalized, and prices were cut in half, marijuana sales could gross anywhere from $50-$53 billion dollars (Rosenthal and Kubby, 2003). This money would no doubt stimulate the U.S. economy and create new/more jobs for farmers, people would be needed to make packaging in which marijuana would be distributed when sold, transportation would be needed to distribute marijuana, the opportunities are endless. These jobs would lower unemployment rates in the country, and open up even more opportunities for employment in the hemp and glassware industries, because people would need and want pretty apparatus to smoke out of, such as a nice blown glass bong or water pipe."

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