Legalizing marijuana can solve some of America’s toughest issues that we have been facing for years. Conspiracy theorists have been speaking about across the internet and declaring that the reason that marijuana was illegal in the first place was due to a government plan to boost different industries that were struggling. It seems as though enough voices have been here and this cannabis industry is now budding with innovation. Here are 4 just reasons that America could be great again with full legalization of marijuana:
1. Marijuana is medicine.
Now, we don’t need to keep listing all the health benefits of cannabis. There are already tons of articles about cannabis being an all in one medicine with only a tiny, tiny percent of a chance of an overdose.
Even though 23 states have legalized cannabis medically, physicians still don’t have national guidelines on how to prescribe it. High Times, a magazine publication advocating the legalization of cannabis, recently quoted Dr. Jean Antonucci who told CNN that she still feels “completely in the dark” about medical marijuana treatment, dose, and whether a patient should smoke, eat, or vaporize it. Most physicians have never been trained to prescribe marijuana and it is still not covered in medical schools. Only some states are beginning to require doctors to take additional medical courses on medical marijuana.
2. Cannabis is a cash crop.
So let’s talk economy. Depending on your views you either see America’s economy as bad, or really bad. Cannabis/ Hemp could be the biggest cash crop since cotton. Cannabis is such large and profitable industry that legalization could boost the economy and create American jobs. Colorado has brought in nearly $73.5 million in selling marijuana and marijuana related products in just a few years. Colorado was the first to allow recreational marijuana sales in January 2014, followed by Washington in July 2014, and then Oregon sales began October 2015. Since then Headset Inc, found that the average recreational consumer spends $647 annually on marijuana.
3. Weed out the international drug trade.
American cannabis growers, have become known for inventing new hybrid strains. This makes American marijuana unique which could help destroy the illegal foreign drug trade. In 2012, a study by the Mexican Competitiveness Institute found that legalization would take market profits away from cartel businesses. Former DEA intelligence specialist Sean Dunagan told Vice News that a national legal cannabis market will negatively impact drug cartels’ profits so much that cannabis won’t be “a viable business for the Mexican cartels the same way bootleggers disappeared after prohibition fell.” Another study by a Harvard economist, Jeffrey Miron found that the US government could save billions of dollars by ending the drug war and legalizing cannabis and bring in an additional $46.7 billion in yearly tax revenues.
4. Mary + Jane = happiness.
Let’s go ahead and say it. Smoking marijuana is fun, enjoyable, and makes people happy. Diagnoses of depression in America grows more every generation. Now more than 15 million American adults suffer from some sort of depression and the suicide rate seems to get higher and higher each year. In a time of rapid changes and questionable futures, why not make something that creates positively and happiness legal?