Legalization Of Marijuana Argumentative Analysis

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My thesis is that the legalization of marijuana has economic, federal, and legal advantages. How? Legalizing marijuana would have economic benefits for the US, such as creating thousands of new jobs. Furthermore, it would help reduce the violence resulting from the drug war in Mexico and reduce the crime rate in general. Advocates of legalizing marijuana argue that it would provide economic benefits for the United States in the billions, precisely at a time when the federal economy needs a major boost. Legalization would also provide top-down economic improvements in local communities, state coffers, and more. In addition to bringing in funds, it would save regional and state governments substantial sums in currently wasted law enforcement…show more content…
They proclaim that with a federal government that is on track to be running $1-trillion deficits, it would just be a drop in the bucket, and wouldn’t necessarily justify legalization, as advocates suggested. (Burnett, John) Moreover, conservatives argue that there would be significant cost burdens that would come along with increased marijuana use. For example an increase in social cost resulting from a decline in worker productivity and school performance. It would also lead to a greater need for drug education, rehabilitation and treatment. And there would be costs associated with selling the drug. (Hutchinson,…show more content…
by shipping more cocaine, meth and especially heroin. (Don Winslow) They claim that the legalization of marijuana is increasing the crime rate. According to the white paper, dispensary operators have been attacked, robbed and murdered. Also, drug dealing, sales to minors, loitering, heavy vehicle and foot traffic in retail areas, increased noise and robberies of customers just outside dispensaries are all criminal byproducts resulting from medical marijuana distribution. Conservatives argue that the U.S. can expect similar problems but on a far grander scale from full legalization. (Gogek,

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