EQ: Should the use of marijuana be legalized?
Background: Marijuana is the third most recreational drug before alcohol and tobacco, and is healthier than the other too, but is illegal. Enforcing marijuana prohibition laws cost the American government $10 million dollars a year, and results in the arrest of over 750,000 a year; which is almost three times the amount of people arrested for rape, murder, robbery, and other violent acts.
Claim: I believe that marijuana use should be legalized, but given laws and guidelines of use similar to that of alcohol. Marijuana has no long term health detriments. Legalization of marijuana will contribute to a decrease in the amount of illegal drug crime in the case of marijuana. If marijuana is legalized then America can save money from the trials and convictions of marijuana users, and use that time and money to focus on worse crimes.
Support: The only potential problems Marijuana has to a person’s health occurs while a person is under the influence of marijuana. 50,000 people die a year of alcohol relations; while 40,000 people die a year of tobacco, and people don’t die from the actual use of marijuana. If marijuana is legalized then many people who had done it illegally and costly would be able to buy it in stores for cheaper, which will cause an increase in income to the economy, for people would be continuously purchasing marijuana. Legalizing marijuana would also attract tourists from other places where marijuana is still illegal will come to the US in order to smoke it; which would benefit the economy as well.