Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Why It Should Happen
Marijuana comes from cannabis and it’s that aromatic little plant that can make you feel so happy… a substance that has been part of the history of humankind for centuries. Around 500 BC, cannabis was cultivated for medical purposes. But ancient cultures must have known about the psychoactive effect of marijuana as well since cannabis seeds have been found in the ancient graves of shamans in China and Siberia. Other than religious purposes, ancient civilizations might have known recreational marijuana as well, however, there’s no recorded evidence of that.
Cannabis arrived in America in the 17th century, and it wasn’t until the 20th century when it was considered illegal. However, things seem to be changing in the last few years. Medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are now legal in many states. It’s yet to be legalized on a federal level.
There are many marijuana supporters and here we give you some reasons why recreational marijuana must be definitely legalized everywhere.
Legalization of Recreational marijuana will favor the economy
According to projections, by 2025, the marijuana industry in the United States will generate more than $24 billion in revenue. Every dollar spent in marijuana will generate almost 2.5 times more in the tourism, food, construction, transportation, and banking industries, just to name a few industries that will be favored with legal marijuana.
Not only that but also the cannabis industry generates millions of dollars in state and federal taxes. In the states where marijuana is legal, the cannabis industry brings in around three times more tax revenue than alcohol.
Legalization of recreational marijuana will result in less teen marijuana use
It’s well known that forbidden things are more attractive, especially when we’re young. It applies to marijuana too. Some studies show that in states where marijuana was decriminalized and legalized, the use by teens between 12 and 17 has significantly decreased. Even if marijuana is a natural product, it causes behavioral modifications, so it’s better to use it when we’re adults, we completed our development and we generally know what we’re doing.
Regulations in legal recreational marijuana make it safer for consumers
If you buy marijuana on the street, you will never know where it comes from. You could be consuming a product with mold, pesticides, or other substances that can harm your health. Legal marijuana though will go through government regulations to ensure it is free of toxins and safe for consumption. States where it is legal require labels with health warnings, THC concentration, quality assurance, and other important information for consumers.
Legalization of recreational marijuana could potentially lead to a decrease in crime
According to some studies, in the states where marijuana is legal, crime has decreased in those neighborhoods with marijuana dispensaries, because there’s an increase in security presence and more people around those areas.
Also, when people are able to freely consume marijuana, they potentially drink less, and it’s known that alcohol causes 10 times more crime and violence than marijuana. Higher consumption of marijuana as opposed to alcohol could help decrease alcohol-related crimes, such as domestic violence and assault.
Marijuana is much less harmful than already legal tobacco and alcohol and tobacco
Tobacco and alcohol are legal everywhere. Nevertheless, they are known to cause an array of health problems, such as heart failure, liver damage, pancreas, liver, lung, and throat cancer, among others. According to official data, around six people die every day of alcohol poisoning in the United States, and around 88,000 die every year from alcohol-related causes. There are no records of death from marijuana overdose yet.
There are three to four times as many Americans that are alcoholic as people depending on marijuana. And tobacco is also a bigger threat to health than marijuana, by a margin of four to one.
There are more reasons, these are just a few. What we try to point out here is that it’s about time United States federal government starts looking at the sunny side of marijuana, which is, after all, a natural occurrence.