Marijuana: Green, to Get Out of the Red Persuasive Essay

Marijuana: Green, to Get Out of the Red
An argument on the benefits of taxing, controlling and regulating marijuana in the United States.
# 147043 | 2,679 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper argues that by taxing, controlling and regulating marijuana in the United States we can free police resources, reduce overcrowding in our correctional facilities, provide revenue by taxation, medically relieve discomfort for chronic pain sufferers, and keep the drug out of the hands of our youth. The paper explains why the gateway drug theory does not work and contends that it is time Americans realized their right to liberty.

Marijuana should be Legalized
Country's Deficit
Tax and Regulate
Costs Associated with its Prohibition
Medical Value
History of Marijuana becoming Illegal

From the Paper:

"Our country's deficit is currently in the trillions and is growing day by day. The legalization of marijuana could aid in relieving the debt in several ways. Money is constantly spent on the War On Drugs. Since marijuana in the most widely used illegal drug, by legalizing it, the majority of the spending towards the War on Drugs could be eliminated. That would also refocus our attention on the more illicit drugs, like cocaine and heroin. Looking at the Federal Bureau Of Investigation's 2008 Crime in the United States report, marijuana arrests topped the chart for drug abuse violation arrests at approximately 44%. The sale of marijuana was at approximately 5.5%. Heroin and cocaine combined, ranked at a shocking low of only 20% of the total drug abuse violation arrests (Federal)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics. "State Prison Expenditures." Justice AssistanceData Survey. (2001). Web. 1 July 2010.
  • Christiansen, Matthew A. "A Great Schism: Social Norms and Marijuana Prohibition." 229-248. Harvard Law School Journals, 2009. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 28 June 2010.
  • Earlywine, Mitchell. Understanding Marijuana : A NewLook at the Scientific Evidence Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2002. Print.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations." Federal Bureauof Investigation Office. 2008. Web. 30 June 2010.
  • Gerber, Rudolph J. Legalizing Marijuana: Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishings, 2004. Print.\

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