Oct 19, 2011

Why the US needs to legalize marijuana

A recent Gallup poll has determined that half of Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana. Some salient points from this study are:
  • Liberals and 18 to 29 year old people are 69% in favor
  • Republicans, Conservatives and seniors at 31% in favor
  • Support for legalizing it has been growing steadily over the years. It is now at a record level.
Interesting that a third of conservatives are also in favor of it. I also believe that marijuana should be decriminalized and I strongly believe it is bound to happen. Plus the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Here are some of my thoughts on the matter

  1. It is safer than alcohol and other drugs. However, operating machinery is dangerous while doing any drug. It doesn't make sense to ban one sort of drug and allow another.
  2. Legalizing it will reduce criminal indictments. Will lead to less strain on the police and the judicial system plus the supply won't be underground anymore.
  3. Taxing it will be a revenue source
  4. It does have medical benefits
  5. I think initially there will be a spike in marijuana related incidents, but they will certainly level off
  6. It will reduce the amount of frustration in society that is directly connected to the drug
  7. Will probably lead to a reduction to the power of cartels. Suppliers can be based in the US.

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