Legalization of Marijuana
How many people annually do you think die from smoking marijuana? Many people do not believe that the number is zero. Lots of people think that marijuana is harmful and think that it causes people to commit crimes and make bad decisions. The legalization of marijuana would help the government make money by taxing this drug, help sick people with medical use, and lower crime rates.
Harry Anslinger, who is the Commissioner of Narcotics in the Bureau of Narcotics, saw that the traffic of marijuana is increasing to such an extent that it would be the greatest national concern. They started the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 that was signed in by President Roosevelt. “Ten years ago we only heard about marijuana throughout the Southwest. It is only in the last few years that it has become a national menace. It has grown like wildfire, but it has only become a national menace in the last three years. It is only in the last two years that we have had to send reports about it to the League of Nations” (Statement of H.J. Anslinger). Anslinger thought that marijuana increases the crime rate and affects people’s decisions. Anslinger and the Bureau of Narcotics could have looked at the fact that if marijuana was made legal the crime rate would go down just like it did when alcohol went from being illegal to legal. “Anslinger tried to get each state to provide local police drug traffic to fight against drugs, only nine out of the forty eight states signed and the other thirty nine viewed it as federal interference in their affairs,” (Grass). Anslinger wouldn’t stop there though; he went on and formed the Propaganda Campaign for each state to get a tax stamp for narcotics. Soon after the campaign took over and Anslinger couldn’t believe it took off so well and every state ended up signing and joining the campaign. If Anslinger really thought about it then he could have saved the U.S. from debt. He could have looked at it as if the government taxed the...
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