Marijuana law enforcement is costing the U.S. an estimated $7.7 billion per year (Edwards, 2012). The drug is less harmful than tobacco (which has no health benefit, and is addictive) and alcohol (on which abusers can become physically dependant). Furthermore, tax revenue around $6 billion a year can be produced if taxed like alcohol and tobacco. Marijuana has proved to be effective at treat several medical conditions, and legalization will make it available for use at a reduced cost. An added benefit is the product that is removed from smugglers and drug dealers.
I accept. Marijuana may be helpful in some ways but it should not be legalized. Marijuana is a highly addictive drug. Even when it is legalized average marijuana smokers will spend about 650$ on weed a year.
The same problem exists with cigarettes and alcohol. This 650$ a year could be saved and put towards your child's education or could be used for food. The fact that it is an addiction will make consumers spend even more money they don't have on the product.
Many Americans want marijuana legalized. It's their choice if they wish to use it. More jobs would be produced, tax revenue will increase, and money spent on law enforcement would be cut. It's not worth the money and effort to continue enforcing prohibition when the U.S. can benefit tremendously on it's legalization. The responsibility lies in the hands of the American people that wish to use it. It will have the same restrictions as alcohol. Why continue spending billions on law enforcement when the pros of legalization outweigh the cons?