Why Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized
When I was first approached with the idea of decriminalizing marijuana I was absolutely against it. I
had believed the propaganda issued about the evils of marijuana and did not think it should be fully
legalized just because it would help produce revenue through taxes. But instead of letting that be my
final opinion on the issue I agreed to be open minded about it and do some research on the plant.
I was surprised to find out that there are over 25,000 positive uses for the marijuana plant and that once
again we had been manipulated by people in government who made the plant illegal for self promoting
profits instead of using it for all its natural purposes. Now I support decriminalization of
marijuana so that the other purposes for the plant can be explored for boosting our economy and making
the lives of Americans easier. For example, the plant can be used as a biofuel so that we will not have
to be so dependent on oil for gasoline, it is used in making bullet proof vests and possibly bullet
proof clothes which could have saved the lives of many victims of drive by shootings, it can be made in
to paper thus we would not have had an issue with the reduction of the rain forest and so on.
A 2008 study by Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron has estimated that legalizing drugs would inject
$76.8 billion a year into the U.S. economy — $44.1 billion from law enforcement savings, and at least
$32.7 billion in tax revenue ($6.7 billion from marijuana, $22.5 billion from cocaine and heroin,
remainder from other drugs).[100 I am not interested in ending all wars on drugs just the 6.7 Billion
dollars spent by the US Government to fight the war on marijuana. That is half of our current deficit.
With the end to the war on marijuana we would have 6.7 Billion dollars to put back into the economy
and give monies back to the states and cities that it was taken from to fund the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan. The money could also be used to replenish our educational system. For medicinal
purposes I would support the dispensing of medical marijuana through food products which would need
to be stored in a locked environment in the home so children and non-prescribed individuals could
not obtain the items. I do not support marijuana being distributed in the inhaled format (smoked). I do
not want individuals driving while under the influence of marijuana nor do I want them smoking it on the
streets or especially near schools.