Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring the nation’s largest cash crop under the rule of law, creating jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market. Scarce law enforcement resources that could be better used to protect public safety would be preserved while reducing corrections and court costs. State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales. There really are so many reasons that legalization of marijuana is a good thing.
Reason #5: Prohibition didn’t work
Even though the US government has tried to prevent marijuana usage, today over 25 million people annually use for both medical and recreational purposes. Creating strict regulations allows us to manage & control all aspects of the industry including, production, consumption and potency levels. Some people think that if we legalize marijuana more minors would think it was acceptable for them to use too. Yet, the current policy of criminalizing marijuana has not decreased teen use or supply. In fact, a CDC study proves that strict regulation decreases teen marijuana use in Colorado after legalization.
Reason #4: High Costs for Criminalization
With nearly 800,000 Americans arrested each year for non-violent marijuana charges, the cost associated with non-legalization are outrageous. This staggering number of arrests and incarcerations costs billions of dollars. According to study done by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Amendment 64 was predicted to save $12 million for the year following legalization because of reduced criminal costs. As courts and prisons adapt to fewer and fewer violators, annual savings (compared to a pre-legalization year’s budget) will rise toward the long run savings level of $40 million.
Reason #3: Tax Revenue
Here is the best part for anyone for or against legalization of marijuana. According to the State of Colorado, over $43 million was generated in taxes for the sale of medical and recreational marijuana. That is in one year! The first 40 million of this tax revenue is earmarked for public schools and infrastructure, as well as for youth educational campaigns about substance use. With government funding at an all time low in past years for schools this is something most people can get behind. Colorado has even been called the poster child for legal cannabis.
Reason #2: Safer than Alcohol
What if I told you that people are 114 times more likely to die from overdosing on alcohol than from cannabis? A recent study by the Scientific Reports journal goes even further and classifies cannabis as “low-risk” for mortality whereas alcohol is listed at “high-risk”, along with heroin, cocaine and nicotine. The report states, “Specifically, the results confirm that the risk of cannabis may have been overestimated in the past. In contrast, the risk of alcohol may have been commonly underestimated.” We all know it anecdotally but here are the facts: A 2014 report by the CDC states, “Excessive alcohol use is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States and costs $223.5 billion, or about $1.90 per drink, in 2006.”
Reason #1: The Miracles in Medical Uses
Marijuana has been said to help with many medical conditions. People have reported that cannabis helps with cases of cancer, arthritis discomfort, Alzheimer’s, depression, glaucoma, anxiety, chronic pain, PTSD and the list goes on and on.
Public support from the medical community is increasing. From Dr. Sanjay Gupta to the American Nurses Association there is growing support that marijuana can help various conditions.
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