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Should Marijuana be Legalized Abraham Lincoln once said Prohibition makes crimes out of things that are not crimes This is true with the prohibition of marijuana the use of marijuana should not be a crime but prohibition makes it one The real crimes are being committed by the government They spend billions of our tax dollars every year in the war against marijuana lie to us about the harmful effects and deny sick patients the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes Joseph Califano and Thomas Constantine are two authors who analyzed this issue have two very different opinions Califano is against the legalization of marijuana and Constantine supports it Constantine says the use of marijuana is safe Therefore it should be legalized because billions of tax dollars would be saved annually it serves several therapeutic uses and it has the capability to increase the nations income and bolster this nations economy Many American citizens strongly supporter of the fight to legalize marijuana The Gallup Poll recently reported that seventy-three percent of Americans are in favor of removing the federal law against marijuana Numerous studies show that marijuana has positive therapeutic uses for people suffering from AIDS cancer glaucoma and a variety of other conditions The legalization of marijuana could actually be a profitable endeavor for our country The government would make money by taxing it while farmers and manufacturers would benefit by selling it I found out that one acre of wheat on average brings its owner 2500 but in Canada one acre of hemp brings its owner about 22500 Industrialized hemp has many different uses from paper to clothes and to biodegradable car parts If legalized marijuana could be a very profitable product for America The Marijuana Tax Act which passed in 1937 Whatever harm if any marijuana does to its users cannot compare to the damage done by being arrested and punished for its illegal
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