The Legalization and Taxation of Marijuana Persuasive Essay by Amir Mian

The Legalization and Taxation of Marijuana
Presents arguments for why marijuana should be legalized in America.
# 119100 | 3,264 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper traces the 73 year long war against the legalization of marijuana in the U.S.A and proposes that the legalization and taxation of marijuana will make a profound contribution to the betterment of the country.

Table of Contents:
Marijuana Tax Act of 1937
Controlled Substance Act
Crime Reduction
Prohibition Costs
Tax Revenue
Waste of Criminal Justice Resources
Comparison with Amsterdam's Drug laws
Works Cited

From the Paper:

"In 1937, the U.S. Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act, which made the possession or transfer of marijuana illegal in the United States. According to FindLaw, a resource for legal research, marijuana used for medical and industrial purposes were exempt from this statute. But, if medical doctors and industrialists wanted to use marijuana for their business, they would have to pay a heavy tax on marijuana. FindLaw went on to state that in 1969, Timothy Leary, an activist and professor took the United States to court on the basis that the Marijuana Tax Act violated the 5th amendment's clause of self incrimination. The Supreme Court unanimously agreed with Leary and declared the Marijuana Tax to be unconstitutional. A short time later, Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act. The Controlled Substance Act, a component of Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 was a federal statute that banned the possession, importation, use and distribution of drug substances. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, "The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) places all substances which were in some manner regulated under existing federal law into one of five schedules. This placement is based upon the substance's medical use, potential for abuse, and safety or dependence liability." The level of severity is based on numerical order, starting with schedule one being the most detrimental to society."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Earleywine, Mitchell. Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007. Print. Gettman, John. "Marijuana Production: Introduction."

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