Should marijuana be legalized?
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Marijuana should not be left in the hands of criminals; it should be kept pure and simple, "Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man, " (DrugWarFacts). By legalizing marijuana the government can collect the money from the sale of this substance, and not the drug dealers, which will decrease a percentage of crime. The government can monitor the quantity sold and the substance itself. It can help those who need it medically and will be a safer substance to use recreationally. As a group we have decided that marijuana should be legalized in the United States in the same way tobacco and alcohol are.
The economy in the United States has been getting progressively worse over the years. The government pursues idea after idea to restore the country's financial condition. Legalizing marijuana is a very possible way of benefiting the economy. Not only would legalizing marijuana benefit the economy, but it would also shut down numerous illegal street dealers. If the government were to legalize marijuana, it would receive a very handsome profit. Street venders make bulky earnings by selling illegal marijuana on average for around $8.60 per unit, whereas the manufacturing cost is merely under $2 per unit. With just below a $7 profit per unit, marijuana is a huge moneymaker. If the government made marijuana legal, it would steal all of these profits. The government could decide on the taxations and limitations on marijuana, still giving them control over the issue. This way the consumption of the drug would not be abused or dangerous, and keep the dealers off the streets.
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