PHI-105 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
June 16, 2013
The legalization of marijuana is a controversial subject but there are many positive arguments that support it. With all the benefits that it has and all the many people that it could help. Marijuana should be legalized for all its medicinal purposes, plus it would increase state revenues if taxed, and it is one of the many cash crops.
The legalization of marijuana has been used for many different medicinal purposes. There are many medical conditions that marijuana could help such as AIDS, cancer, ADHD, nausea for patients on chemotherapy, migraines, arthritis, insomnia and many others. ...view middle of the document...
9 percent and any local county taxes that may apply” (Ferner, 2013). There could also be a separate tax for dispensaries. This was done in Colorado also “Denver Relief, one of the largest marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, has an effective tax rate of around 50%, according to co-owner Kayvan Khalatbari” (Hargreaves, 2013). States could really benefit from having a tax on marijuana that could help there state. “Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation similar to that used for alcoholic beverages would produce combined savings and tax revenues of between $10 billion and $14 billion per year” (Miron, 2005).
Also marijuana has been known to be one of the many cash crops in the nation. “At an estimated $35.8 billion marijuana is by far the largest cash crop in the United States when compared to the average production values of other crops from 2003 to 2005” (Gettman, 2006).Marijuana being the top cash crop is an average production value $35,803,591 thousand. It is one of the top cash crops in twelve states and the top three in 30 states. With marijuana as a top cash crop there are benefits that each state could have from the tax money made. They can make improvements such as: paying for other health programs and other repairs within the state. The legalization of marijuana could allow police to look into other violent crimes. “In the past year, the population in America’s jails and prisons has grown to 6.9 million, including those on probation and parole. A 1999 study showed that 60,000 individuals were behind bars for marijuana use. This cost taxpayers $1.2 billion” (Stevens,...