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The legalization of marijuana has proven to be a healthy thing, especially for teens. For instance, in Colorado, before marijuana was legalized twenty one percent of middle and high school students had used weed within the past thirty days. However, in the most recent survey, the number of teens using this drug is below the national average. By legalizing they drug, they took away the excitement and urge to do something illegal and unpredictable. For most kids this probably took away the fun and exhilarating feeling that goes along with doing the drug.
Marijuana isn't just used to have fun, It also has several demonstrated health benefits. Marijuana can be used to treat several conditions. "From reducing glaucoma, and helping people go through chemo, to treating depression and battling skin conditions, doctors are using pot to treat a number of medical conditions with good results. Legalization would broaden a doctors ability to treat these diseases and a researchers ability to find new ways to use it." Continuing to prohibit this drug restricts people with these conditions from getting the medication they need to recover.
Not only will the legalization of marijuana make consumers happy, it will greatly impact our communities. "In 2015, the legal marijuana industry in Colorado created more than 18,000 new full-time jobs and generated $2.4 billion in economic activity." The legalization of this drug helped tons of people to have stable jobs, and put billions of dollars into Colorado's economy. If, for example, Pennsylvania were to legalize it, it would provide many people with a substantial income, and our society with the money to better our community. We would finally be enabled to do things such as enhance our education system, which would have a positive impact on everyone in the community.
One of the biggest problems in the United States is the incarceration rate. The legalization of marijuana could drastically help this situation. For example, marijuana arrests have now exceeded those for all violent crimes last year. "With marijuana use on the rise, law enforcement agencies made 574,641 arrests last year for small quantities of the drug intended for personal use." By simply legalizing the drug, the incarceration rate would be cut in half. "The marijuana arrests were about 13.6 percent more than the 505,681 arrests made for all violent crimes, including murder, rape, and serious assault." It is a complete waste of money and resources to incarcerate people for simply the possession of marijuana in the same fashion that people who have committed third degree crimes are being incarcerated.
There are many benefits that go along with the legalization of marijuana, but the most important one might be the consumer safety it will provide. Marijuana product testing is becoming a mandatory requirement for legalized marijuana markets. This means that users will be more educated about what they are purchasing. They will be able to make sure that it isn't laced with anything harmful, and that they are getting what they asked for. This will also allow consumers to inquire about the potency and dosage of what they are purchasing. The legalization of marijuana will encourage people to be safer about what they are taking, and help to better inform people about what dangerous things can be in marijuana.