Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance that is illegal under federal law in the United States. The argument for whether it should legalized for medical or recreational use is very controversial. It is in fact such a large argumentative subject that it is often compared to prohibition of the 1920’s. Just like any subject, people have views that differ from each other. Many people already agree with federal law that states marijuana is illegal in all of its many forms. Many people also want weed to be legal for medical and recreational use. The legalization of marijuana could potentially have more positive affects than the negatives of keeping it illegal.
The first few years of marijuana legalization in the states of Colorado, Washington, and Oregon proved to have a positive start to the legal marijuana industry. Legalization helped these states in several ways with the collected tax revenues. In just the first year in Washington they garnered 83 million tax dollars from marijuana sales. 77 percent of people in Washington claim that the passed law has a positive or no impact on their lives(21 and older). In Colorado the numbers are just as staggering. They have seen a 10.1% decrease in violent crime rate in Denver alone. The state estimated that 40 million dollars will be saved from not having to process as many marijuana convictions.
All of these statistics are positive numbers for the future of the marijuana industry. They all also lead to the claim that having marijuana legalized is more beneficial to an economy than keeping it out lawed. The generated tax dollars are distributed to have the greatest impact possible for the communities. Colorado has invested a large amount of marijuana tax dollars into school and other public facilities. All of the states have seen a crime rate drop since the start of 2014.
There are many reason why many people do not weed to be legalized. A large issue is that it is exposed to children at a younger age with it being legal. This also leads to them being more susceptible to becoming an avid user. People also do not want more people to become an avid user. Therefore keeping it illegal is an easy way to do that. In the first year of a stat legalising marijuana they see a very large spike in the use of marijuana. After the fact of the initial lunch numbers will decrease over time. Another point is marijuana does not meet the standards of medicine. Marijuana is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration so it is an unregulated substance. For a drug approval certain factors have to be put in place. Doses and quantity have to be established along with several other variables. For this reason it makes it hard for people to be accepting of marijuana as “medicine” when it is still mostly completely unregulated.
It is very understandable that citizens would not want marijuana legalized if it was going to put their children at risk. The way I look at it is, would you rather have of age adults buying it from a store which is generating tax revenue or anyone buying from the still thriving black market. If people really wanted to end marijuana issues they would want it to be legalized to help hinder the war on drugs and black market sales. People assume that if pot becomes legal then it will impact their life greatly. If you choose to have it not effect you then chances are that you’ll stay away from it. Sure it means you’re neighbor could be smoking in front of you but how much is that really going to impact you.
Since Marijuana has been legalized it has shown positive numbers in its entirety. I believe that because of this marijuana has not had a negative impact. Until the numbers begin to show that it is immaterial to the growth of an economy then it will be a negative.