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1 Here in the United States a war is being fought this war has been going on for nearly a century in our country alone this war is one that cannot be won by the US government unless it finally realizes its mistake and legalizes the drug which we call marijuana Fighting the drug war costs the American people 28 billion tax dollars every year to enforce a law which restricts the rights of the people in the US to choose what they want to do when they are in their own home This figure doesnt even take into consideration the many families that have been torn apart because of the consequences that are involved in the using of marijuana 2 a If marijuana were to be legalized the American people would save 10 billion dollars in federal enforcement 10 billion in state and local enforcement 8 billion in other enforcement costs another 6 billion dollars a year would be saved because of the value of stolen property that is associated with drug use and benefit around 125 billion from taxes That totals to an unbelievable sum of 465 billion dollars which could be saved by simply legalizing something that should be legal anyway b Quality of life is really put down because of the fact that marijuana is illegal Because it is illegal it sets children away from their parents because the children are doing something that is illegal for everyone whereas alcohol which may be illegal for that young person to consume is legal for the parent therefore it is not frowned upon as much as marijuana is c Marijuana has been a part of the American culture since it was first colonized The first Europeans to sail over here had ropes bibles clothes and maps that were all made from hemp Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson advocated a hemp-based economy Marijuana has been used as an intoxicant in
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