30 November 2012
The Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana
The legalization of marijuana would be very beneficial to the United States and its people. Legalizing and regulating marijuana will create new jobs, bring tax revenue, save the government money that is spent on law enforcement, put the drug cartels out of business, and provide treatment to people with severe illnesses. By legalizing and regulating marijuana, an abundance of jobs will be created. This will create jobs for the marijuana growers (Cox, sec. 3) this job would cater to the college degrees of botanists and agricultural degrees; possibly, opening up another department in the USDA or FDA. Both the USDA and FDA made widespread layoffs and legalizing marijuana would allow both organizations to open more jobs. Jobs for dispensary operators would become important because in order for people to obtain their marijuana, they would have to walk into a government regulated dispensary and in order to have a functioning marijuana dispensary, there has to be employees (Cox, sec. 5). And if dispensaries are opened throughout the United States, that would create a lot of jobs for botanists and florists. Bud-tenders are usually jobs that are specific to medical marijuana dispensaries (Cox, sec. 4). Tenders recommend the correct strain to a patient, depending on their ailment or illness, and the severity. They must have knowledge on the effects of the marijuana strains, be able to describe smells, name, type and taste. Scientists with a botany background would have job opportunities as lab technicians, ensuring the safety of the products. None of these jobs would be worthy of anything if there were no delivery drivers to transport the marijuana from the growing laboratory to the dispensary (Cox, sec. 9). The possibilities for government tax revenue are endless, the government could impose a 10% tax on marijuana, which has an estimated revenue of $14 million in California,...
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