Essay About Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana also is known as weed or pot is very old. The drug is dated back to Asia in 500 BC. However, they did not use the Marijuana plant to get high, they used it as a healing factor. Marijuana was a good thing until the 20th century. During the 1950s is when the drug really became a problem. People were getting addicted and most lost their jobs to it. Then they would have to turn to petty thieving to come up with the money to buy it. Not long after it became illegal in most places. Even though medical weed is legal in some states, however federal laws always override common or city laws. If you are caught with weed you can face drug charges and maybe some time in jail. This makes these laws very confusing in some states in the United States. Also, marijuana is a schedule 1 drug that is the same level as LSD and heroin and that is not changing anytime soon. Some people argue that is has no proven medical benefit. There is a lawyer who fights for the legalization of marijuana on his free time because he says it is just to get high. That did not stop people from buying, growing, and using it illegally. Now there is an issue in current society and it has became legal again in most northern states and petitions in southern states.
As for Marijuana, it is one of the fastest-growing industries in the northern states where it is has become legal. The majority of the United States supports legalizing weed. Surveys show that seniors from 55 and up are the ones that oppose. Since 2016 it has grown 34% by 2026 it is estimated to reach $50 billion dollars. In 2012 eight states has made it legal. Now there are 29 states which medical marijuana is legal. The main reason it has become legal is to be used a medical Marijuana. It has become a big debate in the south on whether it should or shouldn’t become legal. Getting marijuana on the ballot to be voted on is not easy as you might think. Some states work through the legislative process which lets the state officials decide on whether it should or shouldn’t be on the ballot. Mississippi is not completely against marijuana there are some laws about it in the books. The black market for weed is still just as big as the industries selling weed. Most people still depend on a plug then on a store. However, there is no case where weed has to lead to an overdose to where the patient dies. Doctors have been prescribing weed for opioid addiction.
The medical marijuana business has expanded employment in the states where it is legal. Marijuana also has it own taxes. There is 15%, 10%, 2.9% which represents excise tax, special sales tax and a state and local tax. Just in 2017, the state of Colorado collected more than $247 million from the marijuana industry. If Mississippi was to legalize Marijuana it would become less expensive therefore the use of Marijuana would increase. However, the legalization of weed would mean big investment opportunities but it is still illegal on a federal level. If it did become legal on a federal level would it be a great business for the entire U.S? Canada right now holds the title for the second country to completely legalize weed for recreational use. However, prices for marijuana drop dramatically right before it becomes legalized from $25 a gram to $6 a gram. That is pretty big discount so when the prices begin to drop you know what’s coming.
The arguments on the legalization of marijuana is very confusing because all the essays about the arguments are very biased so it is hard to understand the facts from the opinions. However, I feel, because of what I believe in and how I was raised, I do not believe it should be legalized. Especially for recreational use because once people start smoking legally then they would be able to go to jobs high then they would not have enough money. This would increase crime rates in Mississippi and that is the last thing we need. People are pushing for the legalization of weed just to get high? Also if it was for medical uses there are the companies that produce cannabis oil with though the thc which it gets you high so why isn’t that enough? That is because one it is medically legalized then there will be so many lies and stories told to doctors just to get weed. That is so selfish to me because there are people that really need those doctor’s appointments.