Marijuana prohibition has been in America since the 1930’s, but prohibition took power and money from the government and gave it to gangs and criminals. There has been a nationwide war against marijuana for years now; yet the drug is still very easy to find and acquire. Prohibition was implemented to reduce the use, selling, and cultivating of the marijuana plant (Venkataraman). Prohibition is largely depended on arrest, incarceration and, the seizure of private property; but it has failed miserably. These days it is more potent, easier to acquire, and cultivated since beginning of the prohibition. Amazingly, marijuana is America’s number one cash crop at 33.8 billion dollars, more than corn (23.3 billion) and wheat (7.5 billion) combined (Venkataraman). Corn and wheat are behind marijuana as the second and third cash crop. Implementing this prohibition has done nothing to stop the raise of this cash crop. Yet, our government has nothing to show from it, only the price of preventing it. Even though drunk drivers are killing people all over the country, alcohol has not been prohibited since 1933 (Beckett). Health-related costs for alcohol consumers are eight times greater than those for marijuana consumers, according to an assessment recently published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal (Beckett). Cigarettes are very addictive and have many chemicals, but completely legal. Marijuana is completely organic unlike cigarettes and is less addictive. Prohibition is outdated and needs to be ended.
The cost of the prohibition is much more than most people think. A 2005 analysis by Harvard visiting professor Jeffrey Miron estimates that if the United States legalized marijuana, the country would save $7.7 billion in law enforcement costs (Beckett). A cost-benefit analysis of the situation indicates that the country could save roughly $42 billion a year by legally regulating and taxing the marijuana industry (Beckett)....
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Beckett, Katherine, and Steve Herbert. CONSEQUENCES AND COSTS OF MARIJUANA PROHIBITION. New York: n.p., n.d. Print.
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