Marijuana is often referred to as “bad” or “dangerous”. However, many people are failing to see the dangers. Instead, many consumers see marijuana as a way of improving the economy and treating numerous medical conditions, while causing no harm to users. While there will always be naysayers, there are many reasons why marijuana should be legalized.
Five Reasons Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized:
1. Medical marijuana dispensaries stimulate the economy. Not only do marijuana dispensaries employ consumers, but they encourage consumer spending. These dispensaries, as well as medicine dispensing systems, like pot vending machines, keep people spending money, while allowing the government to tax these purchases. If marijuana were legalized across the United States, both consumers and the government would benefit.
2. It helps a variety of medical conditions. Medical marijuana reduces the side effects of chemotherapy, helps stress, and relieves pain, headaches, and nauseousness. There are so many people that would benefit from prescription vending machines and medical dispensaries being available across the United States. Cannabis is not only used for recreation, but also commonly used by those suffering from health problems.
3. If the sale of marijuana were regulated, teenage use would decrease. One of the main reasons teenagers smoke pot is because it’s illegal. If it were legal and regulated, it would lose much of it’s appeal. Also, requiring users to be 18 to purchase marijuana from a cannabis machine or dispensary would keep many children from using it, as they would not be able to obtain it themselves.
4. The legalization of cannabis would decrease the amount of money obtained by local and international criminals. Criminals and criminal groups are responsible for much of the pot imported and available in the United States. If marijuana were legal, the United States government would be profiting from this industry, instead of dangerous organizations. This would decrease many criminal’s resources, as well as their power.
5. Cannabis is safer than many legal substances. In fact, marijuana is safer than both cigarettes and alcohol. It is not as addictive as these substances and it is virtually impossible to overdose. With so many people dying due to cigarette use each day, it is unreasonable to call cannabis dangerous in comparison.
While marijuana may suffer from a poor reputation, it is not the “dangerous” substance that many believe. Marijuana is actually very beneficial for a range of health problems, would boost the economy, and will hopefully be legalized across the United States in the near future.