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Marijuana: A self-justifying solution for legalization
The debate over the legalization of marijuana is gaining attention, a lot of it. Recreational marijuana use will be legalized within a few years, even if only in a few states. The only question left: How can society benefit from its legalization?
There are two ways to answer this question. We can either state that the legalization of marijuana is beneficial to the United States because our nation is regaining some of its freedom or we can say that the taxation of marijuana would be responsible for billions in revenue for the government. Either way, you see that it is important.
There's an issue however. It seems as though everyone supporting the legalization of marijuana is considered a 'pot-head', and as such, marijuana and its supporters are given a bad stigma. This means that you might be jeopardizing your reputation if you advocate the legalization of marijuana. The ethical implications of this issue are obvious: either you support 'hard-drug use' or you don't.
Is there an attainable solution for this dilemma? I'd like to propose my own.
In order to counteract the moral problems surrounding the legalization of marijuana, we need to ensure that its legalization does something for the greater-good. What might this be? What if we were to take a portion of the taxes collected from the sale of marijuana and use it for drug-treatment centers? Instead of throwing all of the drug addicts in jail, let's use marijuana as a gateway-drug, but in the reverse sense. Why shouldn't we legalize the sale of marijuana if it can provide money for those struggling with drug dependency issues? It has the potential to be the solution and not the problem.
If it sounds too simple, it's probably because you're used to our government making everything so sluggishly impossible. The idea is sound and we're in the midst of an impending change. Let's ensure that those who don't want marijuana to be legalized have some comfort in knowing that the drug is being sold, in part, to help stop drug abuse.
Do you know why the government is furiously trying to stop marijuana trafficking? It's because the cartel leaders are making a lot of money selling weed, which allows them to buy the supplies they need to run their business. What we apparently haven't realized yet is that once marijuana is legalized, people won't be buying weed from private dealers who likely obtained their product from a Mexican cartel. Once we stop wasting law enforcement resources on marijuana, we'll be able to concentrate a lot more on the actual 'hard drugs' (cocaine, meth, heroine, E, oxycotton, etc).
There are solutions to the difficult questions. We need to start thinking again. The government isn't going to solve these issue unless we make them known. Once we all compromise a bit, we'll start making progress in the right direction. Hopefully you will check out my website sometime. Thank you for reading!