Essay on Legalizing Marijuana Bill

Submitted By jdeionl
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Many different people have many different views on whether marijuana should be legalized or not. Some say yes and others say no, but some are also confused about the effects that would be created if marijuana was legalized. Here in Corning, New York, the government wants marijuana to be legalized. Let’s discuss why marijuana should be legalized. One thing that most of you would like would be that if weed was legal, less people would be in jail for those types of crimes. Less people means less tax money going toward jails. Many young people develop a criminal record for just the possession of marijuana. If we enforce the marijuana prohibition that would cost U.S. tax payers roughly $10 billion a year and resulting in more than 750,000 individuals arrested per year. That number far more totals the number of arrests for all violent crime such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults. Of those 750,000 arrests only 86% or 663,032 people were charged only with possession. In the past years more than 30% arrested were of the ages 19 and under. With marijuana being legalized the U.S. as a whole would being saving the money that would otherwise being spent towards the people in jails. Also I bet some of you know only a few medical things that marijuana can help. Although it cannot cure anything, it can help a lot of ways. One way is that cancer patients going through chemo therapy can relax with medical marijuana and that it can also increase their appetites. Wouldn’t you want your friend or family member to feel a tiny bit better when they are going through so much? Did you know that marijuana can help open up the lungs of an asthma attack victim? Or that it can help people with glaucoma by reducing the pressure within the eye(s). Over 2.2 million people suffer with Glaucoma, it is the leading cause of blindness and the use of marijuana can help patients cope with the discomfort. But I also know about the fear that if it got into the hands of adolescents: it can disrupt many thing such as, it can disrupt emotional development, delay puberty, and can delay the monthly cycle in females. Even with these negatives, the positive health aspects outweigh the problems it can cause. When thinking of today’s job economy, legalizing marijuana could open more job opportunities. We would need people to grow the plant as well as people to distribute and make products that marijuana will be used in. Marijuana is used to make hemp products. These products include hemp rope, hemp shampoo and conditioner, lotion, gum, handbags. Marijuana leaves and seeds can be made into things such as ice cream, tofu, protein powder, cake recipes, building materials, plastic and many more things. Using hemp could also could save trees by using the plant as paper products. Uses of the marijuana plant total over 25,000 products ranging from all over the place. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, “Various parts of the plant can be utilized…