One example of how the United States can greatly benefit from the legalization of medical marijuana is the boost of the economy we would have. There are thousands of sick people in need of or willing to alternate to medical cannabis throughout the country. The government can tax it and with the ill patients looking for treatment, the government is sure to make money. In particular, “Colorado raked in $5 million in tax revenue in 2011 from medical marijuana businesses” (Crank) and its cities collected hundreds of thousands more from the budding industry. The tax money could go into building new schools. That would mean we would need construction workers and more teachers. When legalized, cities everywhere will start receiving dispensaries as shown in Colorado and California and a few other states. Businesses have to have employees, and with all the pharmacies to be built thousands of jobs could be created.
Medicinal use would be another example of why America should legalize medical marijuana would be for the medicinal use. It has been proven that it is not addictive, there is no long term effects and you cannot overdose. Cancer, one of the most deathly diseases, has been proven to stop developing when medical cannabis is consumed. In 2006, a study in Spain resulted in cancer cells being decreased saying “Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibited tumour-cell proliferation in vitro and decreased tumour-cell Ki67 immunostaining when administered to two patients” (Guzman). In many cases, terminally ill patients cannot be treated by a normal prescription but by smoking cannabis their conditions stopped or dramatically decreased. In places such as Colorado people suffering from anorexia are prescribed marijuana and get the urge to eat again to become healthy. People with back problems experience excruciating pain on a day to day basis holding them back from doing simple daily tasks such as taking the trash out or getting up to get the mail. If