For Legalization on Recreational Marijuana

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After that you are to rebutt 2 posts from the opposite position, and 1 response to a rebuttal in your position. All of this must then be put into paper format with an introduction, conclusion, title page with your name on it, and the two parts labeled as such for the assignment for week 6. It is important that the paper contains the whole project for you to receive the grade for the debate and paper. Please look at the rubric and ask questions if you are unsure of what is required.

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Marijuana Should Be Legalized




Part one: primary research
Marijuana is classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a schedule I
substance because it is termed as a substance that has a high possibility of abuse and lacks the
accepted safety for use under medical supervision. As a person who has a strong ideological
belief in freedom, I am opposed to this move, and in my opinion, I believe that marijuana should
be decriminalized and legalized for both recreational and medicinal use because it has some
prime benefits. Currently, recreational and medicinal marijuana uses are illegal in the majority of
the states in the U.S though some states have passed laws to legalize marijuana for medicinal
use. It has been allowed for treating conditions such as anxiety, appetite stimulation and relieving
nausea. It is illegal for any person to produce or supply marijuana for any purposes.
Despite marijuana being illegal, statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and
Health indicates that marijuana is the most widely abused illicit substance in the U.S. with about
30.5 million users in 2017 (SAMHSA, 2017). It is evident that prohibiting the substance has
minimal effect on controlling its supply and use and has instead allowed the black markets to
thrive by capitalizing on the shortage of supply of legal marijuana. The prohibition of marijuana
has also made it difficult for researchers to advance their study on the use of marijuana for
medicinal and recreational use. There are many benefits to legalizing marijuana besides
medicinal and recreational purposes such as income benefits and positive criminal justice
1. Tax income and other fees



Legalizing Marijuana presents an opportunity for the creation of jobs through farming,
distribution, and sale of the substance. The government is also set to benefit through income
taxes from the jobs created, license fees and commodity tax charged on the marijuana produced.
For example, the state of California generates approximately between $58 and $105 million
annually in taxes from marijuana (Scherf, 2015). Moreover, authorities can also develop a safe,
legal and well-regulated distribution and dispensary system that allows them to monitor the
production and supply of the substance closely.
2. Crime rates and traffic fatalities
People opposing marijuana argue that recreational marijuana is correlated to the crime rate,
but a study by researchers at the University of Texas in 2014 found that legalization of marijuana
is not predictive to crime rates. In their conclusion, they found out that robbery and violence
were not associated with the existence of marijuana production and dispensation (Scherf, 2015).
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