Purpose Statement: I would like to persuade you on why marijuana should be legalized.
Thesis Statement: Marijuana has many purposes. Some may say that the economy would be better off if marijuana was legalized.
Attention Getter: Many people die everyday from tobacco and over-dose from alcohol. Have you ever heard of people dying from marijuana? So, if I understand the law correctly, we legalized tobacco and alcohol even though it's harmful to people, but we won't legalize marijuana.
Overview of Main Points:
Why Marijuana should be legalized for medical use and recreational use.
How the economy would be better if marijuana was legal. How marijuana is a harmless drug.
Let’s talk about why Marijuana should be legalized for medical use and…show more content… The last thing I would like to discuss is how the economy would be better if marijuana was legal. III. If marijuana was legal, the economy would be better because it we would have less non-crime criminals in jail vs the criminials that need to be in jail for more violent crimes. This can save taxpayers alot of money. About 94 million Americans have tried marijuana at some point in their lives. Thats’ 40 percent of the U.S. population age 12 or older. Americans consume 31 million pounds of marijuana a year. I got these numbers from an article called The Economics of Marijuana Legalization website.
The state of California is already earning about $14 billion a year. Additionally, our country as a whole spends $68 billion a year on prisoners, one-third of which are imprisoned for nonviolent drug crimes. legalizing marijuana would mean spending $11.3 billion less a year on prisons.
However, If marijuana was taxed like alcohol and tobacco is, it might generate as much as $6.2 billion annually. (Binson, Nation of change, 2013).
i. Legalizing marijuana is not only a benefit for individuals that are sick and need a stronger medication then they are prescribed by a doctor. This can also reduce crime in today's