Legalization of Marijuana Since the early 1900s, Marijuana has been illegal, but has become a concern amongst people in the past few years. With over eight states legalizing it for medical and recreational use. No wonder that the other states are debating on this controversy. With a larger portion of states now allowed user of this drug for medical reasons, it can have many benefits. Taking this into a business perspective, the legal drug industry will create jobs, farm crops, retail outlets, and a domestic product that has a chance of turning the black market clean. Legalization can also have a significant impact on organized crime, this can wipe out or decrease crime rates. Towards the medical standpoint, it’s not hazardous to death compared to different substances and has many medical uses. Marijuana should be legalized because of its medical properties, its effect on the legal system, and our economy. To begin with, The legalization of Marijuana will improve and benefit the economy. The first step into legalization would be opening up dispensaries selling Marijuana. A study from RCG Economics and Marijuana Policy Group has states that, “marijuana in the state could support over 41,000 jobs till 2024 and generate over $1.7 billion in labor income. With such a popular product in the market, the increase in sales is going to rise. As the tax revenue will grow dramatically, states like colorado recorded that in 2016, ” Colorado earned $122 million from tax revenue. Massachusetts could reach $1.1 billion by 2020. Connecticut potential of reaching up to $100 million.” Most important, California is expected, ” to exceed $15 billion in marijuana sales and $3 billion for tax revenue.” This money can be used by the government to further study the drug. Even putting some money into schools, providing people with better environments and better education. Ensuring that Legalizing Marijuana is beneficial. Not to mention, With an illegal substance on the streets, there are many gangs and cartels causing trouble. With users having to turn to illegal means to get the product. This is usually linked to cartels, which are responsible for the violence associated. Legalization weakens cartels and the black market, which cuts off the main source for the revenue. States that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana have studies to show that crime rates went down. When Washington State legalized cannabis, the Drug Policy Center realized that “murder rate fell by 13 percent, overall violent crime fell by 10 percent and burglaries fell by 6 percent.” This is significant when you factor in all 50 states and see the difference that the effect of legalization can have. With so much government money going into keeping the drug off the streets. Many people have heavy charges on them and even sentenced to jail. Every year, ” America spends around 68 billion dollars on prisoners in jail where ? the population were incarcerated due to nonviolent drug crimes related with marijuana.” Meaning that America can save billions of dollars every year from prison spending and put that taxpayer money to better use. Points often overlooked, other legal substances such as tobacco and alcohol have a far worse impact on human health. Tobacco contains a chemical known as nicotine that is highly addictive. This changes the way the brain works, craving the need for nicotine making it so difficult to stop smoking. Studies claim that “nicotine in tobacco may harden the arteries making it responsible for some heart-related conditions caused by tobacco.” On the other hand, cannabis does not contain nicotine, the cases for addiction is far less compared to tobacco. Tobacco is also regarded as the number one source linked to cause lung cancer, stomach,kidney bladder throat and mouth. On the other hand, “studies have so far failed to find a connection between weed smoke exposure and smoking-related cancers, such as lung and liver. Actually, several studies have demonstrated that THC in cannabis may be anti-carcinogenic. Consuming too much alcohol can be deadly, the CDC reported that “nearly 88,000 alcohol-related deaths occur each year. And binge drinking account for about half of these deaths.” In comparison, deaths caused by marijuana is almost zero. A study by TCH showed that a fatal dose of the “potent chemical in marijuana, would be between 15 and 70 grams,” considering that a typical joint has about half a gram of marijuana. This means that you will have to smoke a significant amount in order to overdose. The active ingredient found known as THC “slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a 2006 study led by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute found out.” With more than 3 million US cases per year, the rate could become remarkably less. All in all, Marijuana should be grouped with recreational drugs such as alcohol and tobacco. The legalization will help out our economy with numerous amounts of jobs and revenue. With its ability to cure diseases and help in other medical purposes, lowering crime rate. This is what is going to save millions of lives! Many people believe that marijuana is an “unhealthy drug,” I believe that it’s a step to help society get to what it needs.