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Liberty people deserve freedom to use marijuana The first and most basic reason that marijuana should be legal is that there is no good reason for it not to be legal Some people ask why should marijuana be legalized but we should ask Why should marijuana be illegal From a philosophical point of view individuals deserve the right to make choices for themselves The government only has a right to limit those choices if the individuals actions endanger someone else This does not apply to marijuana since the individual who chooses to use marijuana does so according to his or her own free will The government also may have a right to limit individual actions if the actions pose a significant threat to the individual But this argument does not logically apply to marijuana because marijuana is far less dangerous than some drugs which are legal such as alcohol and tobacco SUMMARY Individuals deserve the right to decide whether or not they should use marijuana The government should not tell individuals what to do as long as they do not harm others Cost keeping marijuana illegal is expensive The second important reason that marijuana should be legal is that it would save our government lots of money In the United States all levels of government federal state and local authorities participate in the War on Drugs We currently spend billions of dollars every year to chase peaceful people who happen to like to get high These people get locked up in prison and the taxpayers have to foot the bill We have to pay for food housing health care attorney fees court costs and other expenses to lock these people up This is extremely expensive We could save billions of dollars every year as a nation if we stop wasting money locking people up for having marijuana In addition if marijuana were legal the government would be able to collect taxes on it
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