As more states opt to legalize marijuana, it stems the tide of the drug trade in these states. Legalizing marijuana has the potential to reduce crime because it takes the drug out of the hands of drug sellers. It also raises revenue for states that can be used in other positive ways.
Yes, it is a good idea to legalize marijuana with the same restrictions as alcohol. First, Colorado is showing us that marijuana legalization is a boon to the economy, by providing income and taxes from a previously untapped source. Secondly, marijuana used responsibly for either medical or recreational purposes is often times safer than alcohol or over-the-counter drugs, such as sleep-aids.
Research indicates that marijuana is less addictive than either nicotine or alcohol. There is also no information on record of marijuana being a direct cause of death. Furthermore, cannabis, the plant from which marijuana is derived is a very versatile crop from which a diverse array of items can be made. The ability to freely farm in the United States could have a significant positive impact on the economy. For these reasons, marijuana should be legal.
A number of states legalized marijuana for medical use. Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana. The movement to legalize marijuana is a good idea because it is deemed less harmful to a person than alcohol, according to the Mayo Clinic. In addition, the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes creates a new public revenue stream in the form of taxes. In Colorado, a portion of this new tax revenue is earmarked to boost educational funding in the state.
Current legalized drugs (alcohol and cigarettes) have been legalized for years and cause various health and social issue that destabilize the family home. Do we really need another drug to add to our current family stabilization issues? In homes where alcohol is abused, arrest rates and absentee parents at exponentially higher. While not all marijuana users would abuse the drug, there is definitely enough with addictive tendencies that would do so.