With the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Washington and Colorado this fall, the “War on Drugs” is being challenged nationwide. The United States has come a long way since Reefer Madness, the 1936 propaganda film suggesting marijuana use created hardened criminals. As the new year begins, here are ten benefits of marijuana legalization.
#1-Money for States
In this tough economic climate, revenue for state funded programs has been hard to come by. Legalized marijuana is set to provide money to fund a great number of programs. In Colorado alone, estimates suggest legal marijuana will produce $47 million dollars in taxation.*revenue, state funds*
#2-Health Care for The Sick
Legalization of marijuana allows sick patients the freedom to use marijuana in peace, avoiding stigma and threats to their safety as they seek to improve their conditions. Research has indicated patients with medical conditions such as Crohn’s Disease benefit from marijuana use..*other more well known medical benefits
#3 Freedom for the People
In the United States, the freest country in the world, it makes sense to live in a society where you choose whether or not to smoke without “Big Brother” watching out for you. Legalizing marijuana means legalizing personal choices.
#4 Healthier Than Legal Alternatives
Marijuana use is also much healthier than other legal drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana use provides another option for individuals who choose to promote healthier behaviors..*option for what? Socializing, stress relief, relaxation, creativity, pain relief, medical benefits..
#5 Allows Police to Prioritize Serious Crimes
Despite propaganda to the contrary, there are other serious drugs, such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine that pose serious dangers to people’s health. Legalizing marijuana allows law enforcement to focus on truly serious threats, such as dangerous drugs in society.
#6 Regulation is Safer
Legalizing marijuana means that it can be regulated by the government, and thus made safer. Legalizing and regulating marijuana ensures that patients will know they are getting the correct medicine that they need.*mention cutting down on crime*
#7 Marijuana Kills No One
As the old mantra goes, “live and let live”. Marijuana kills no one; so it makes no sense to prosecute innocent people enjoying marijuana in peace.
#8 Marijuana Reduces Stress
In today’s busy world, sometimes it is hard to relax. Marijuana is known as a stress reliever, and a peaceful reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.
#9 Marijuana Enhances Creativity
People who smoke marijuana may open themselves up to new thoughts and experiences. This expands their creativity and allows individuals to think outside the box.
#10 The People Want It
Recent polls have indicated that a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana. It is important that the government works for the people; the people are not slaves to the government. Thus, legalizing marijuana represents an exercise in democracy.