Paper in support of the legalization of marijuana for medical, social, and economic reasons.
This paper discusses the legalization of marijuana. The author believes that benefits of legalization will outweigh the negatives: less crime, fewer jail cells and prisoners, better utilization of law enforcement officers, fewer deaths from impure substances, and millions of victims suffering from illnesses and diseases would be put to an end.
“Illegal drugs are a major influential force in our country today. The problem has gotten so out of hand that many options are being considered to control or even solve it. Ending the war on drugs is seemingly impossible as Richard L. Miller wrote, “Drug problems cannot be ended, but they can be reduced by accepting drugs as part of the American heritage, by finding ways to bring them within normal lifestyles rather than converting users into outcasts and outlaws” (139). It is now evident that different options need to be considered. The legalization of marijuana is an option that has not gotten a chance, but should definitely be given one. Although many people feel that legalizing marijuana may lead to increase the use of substance and further increase problems in society, legalization could in fact be more beneficial than harmful. Actually, there are several benefits with the legalization of marijuana and some of which include: making our streets and homes safer, increasing the economy’s revenue, putting an end to prison overcrowding, saving our tax money, crippling organized crime, promoting health and safety, reducing official corruption, and using marijuana for medicinal purposes.”