The legalization of marijuana would be beneficial to Americans nationwide. These benefits extend to tax deductions and extensive medical uses. The fact that it is illegal is baffling due to there being no deaths from over dosage compared to the 2.5 million deaths a year caused by alcohol. Also, it is proven to have less harmful side effects than tobacco and alcohol, which unlike marijuana are highly addictive.
By legalizing it, the 7.7 million dollars in tax payer money that previously went towards enforcing marijuana laws and prohibition could go to a more urgent cause. This includes food stamps and tax deductions. In addition to the 7.7 million, a tax would most likely be placed on purchasing marijuana in legal dispensaries, which would add up to around 6.2 billion annually if taxed liked tobacco. Since dispensaries would be open, people would refrain from illegally purchasing it, and therefore it would become unprofitable for the people who were previously selling it. As a result, the substance would be taken off the street, making it hard for kids to purchase it.
In addition to tax deductions, marijuana has been proven to alleviate a lot of medical ailments. The largest being cancer. The effects of chemotherapy can be debilitating, due to the various side-effects such as vomiting and nausea. Marijuana greatly reduces these effects, making it possible for the people suffering from this disease to lead as normal of a life as possible. Recent studies even show that the THC found in cannabis can assist in terminating the cancer. These studies show that cannabis can play a role in slowing the growth of cancerous cells, and even killing some of these cells. By allowing patients suffering from cancer to use cannabis, their quality of life will improve significantly.
The medical uses of cannabis also helps with a variety of other diseases and disorders. Some of these include epilepsy, anxiety, Alzheimer's, PTSD and many more. The drug that is currently used to help control epileptic seizures has many side effects, including nausea and headaches. By allowing these patients to use cannabis, seizures can be prevented with a lessened amount of side effects. Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 18.1% of people above 18 years old, and most of these people have more than one disorder linked to anxiety. A very low dosage of marijuana would be required to reduce anxiety and heighten the users mood, so it wouldn't have a prominent long term effect. In places where medial marijuana is legal, such as New Mexico, PTSD is the number one reason people are able to get a license. This is due to the fact that marijuana plays a part in assisting the veterans and victims of horrible crimes with this disorder. This particular disorder doesn't have many drugs to help it and cannot be cured. Currently psychotherapy is the primary treatment, but this is expensive and not everyone can afford it. Overall, the low cost of marijuana combined with its medical benefits assists people with debilitating medical problems, making a strong argument for its legalization.
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