Have you ever thought about whether or not it makes sense to legalize marijuana? The truth is, there are several important benefits associated with legalizing marijuana.
1) Legalizing and regulating marijuana will dramatically reduce the amount of money that is spent on the black market.
Why is this so important? Right now, many experts have made a compelling argument that approximately 40,000+ people have been killed in the country of Mexico as a result of the misguided war on drugs pushed in large part by the United States. The only reason why various drug cartels have the money to purchase military grade weaponry which they then unleash upon the civilian population, rival cartels, as well as the police, is because of the profits generated from the underground drug economy. Marijuana is a big part of that.
2) When you legalize marijuana, you can immediately released from prison tens of thousands of people for nonviolent marijuana drug offenses.
There is a mental disorder that appears to exist within the brains of a wide variety of different politicians who believe it makes sense to spend tens of thousands of dollars per year — per prisoner — incarcerating people who are no danger to anybody else. All these people have done is chosen to utilize marijuana — an honest lifestyle choice and a substance that most medical experts agree is actually less harmful than alcohol.
3) Law enforcement resources that are currently devoted to chasing after marijuana users can instead be turned towards dealing with significantly more serious matters.
The truth is, the United States has infected most of North America with the misguided belief that building more prisons and incarcerating more marijuana users actually creates a safer and more wholesome society. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of devoting billions of dollars per year to going after people for smoking marijuana, one would think that it might make more sense to invest that money in public education and other important social welfare programs.
Here’s the bottom line: the benefits of legalizing marijuana are overwhelming. It can really be argued that it’s a violation of a person’s basic human rights to be thrown into a government cage as a result of their decision to peacefully smoke a substance that is dramatically less harmful than a lot of other things which are completely legal such as alcohol and tobacco.
Thankfully, due in large part to courageous marijuana legalization activist both in Canada and in the United States, it appears increasingly likely that efforts to legalize marijuana will not be in vein. In truth, the promoters of the “war on drugs” should be tried for war crimes.