A Country Divided


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It’s interesting to see how the United States feels about marijuana. For example, Washington allows users over 21 to buy and use marijuana for any purpose, recreational or medicinal. Marijuana oil in Chicago can be used as a medicinal remedy, but not for recreational use. If you were to look for marijuana in South Carolina, you would not find it for any use! Should it be legalized?

Heck No!

Those who are against the use of legalizing marijuana argue that it is an addictive gateway drug that will lead to the use of other, harder drugs. They also claim that it has no medical benefits, it is difficult to regulate the processes and that it will unnecessarily raise taxes.

  • Alcohol costs taxpayers around $223.5 billion and tobacco $193 billion every year. The yearly revenue of these products is only about $24 billion. Marijuana might be another tax to add to this category.
  • Easier access for adults means easier access for children. Teenagers will be able to more easily raid Mom and Dad’s stash than they could before.

Heavens Yes!

Those in support of federal legalization claim that marijuana helps multiple ailments and is non-addictive. Not only that, but many believe that the idea of it being a gateway drug is propaganda and that pharmaceutical companies are who are profiting most from keeping it illegal.

  • Legalizing marijuana could create one million jobs in the United States between growers, sellers and distributors.
  • In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study that showed teen marijuana use decreased from 15.8% in 2002 to 13.1% in 2014.

The United States has differing opinions on why or why not the plant should be legalized. What do you think? Whether you agree or disagree, one thing is certain: the United States’s opinion on legalizing marijuana is morphing.