Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Grim "Reefer"

Marijuana is a widely used drug in the United States as well as abroad and it is becoming more and more popular as the years progress. The only problem with this particular substance, according to our government, is that it is illegal to buy and sell. Why does our government go through so much trouble to crack down dealers of marijuana, put them on trial, and lock them up in jail when the affects of the drug are no more harmful than that of tobacco and alcohol? This is a question that is soon to be brought up in political matters because of the overbearing costs of keeping people from using the drug. The Government would make a lot more revenue from legalizing marijuana and placing taxes on it. The fight against this drug seems pointless because people will continue to produce, sell, and buy it, causing the government to use up ambiguous amounts of money. With the government's current shortage of money, their search for sources of revenue to help pay for important economic issues such as education and health care, by the legalization of marijuana doesn't seem like such a bad idea after all.   

1 comment:

  1. I agree and disagree with you Asante. Marijuana is a gateway drug for other harmful drugs, therefore making it more harmful then some think, not to mention the amount of damage one can experience from the usage of marijuana. I agree with you in the fact that the government is spending more than they want to try and stop the buying and selling of marijuana. So the legalization of marijuana wouldn't be the most terrible decision one can make. Legalizing it, the government can tax marijuana so bad that, maybe the buying and selling could possibly decrease tremendously. Also crime rates would drop and profit from the tax could benefit the government.