Ever since the 1970s, Marijuana has been a mainstream gateway drug for the majority of the population. It has many names from dope to weed to Mary Jane and has made a name for itself for the past 40 years it’s been around. It has become a theme among hippies for peace on earth during the Vietnam War and even has its own national weed day on April 20 every year. However, Marijuana is still considered a Grade 1 illegal drug that incarcerated 8.2 million people from 2001 to 2010.
Despite the strong evidence that Marijuana has more medical purposes, approved by the FDA for medical purposes, and is legal recreationally in California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and North Dakota. Yet people are still being incarcerated in all other states, along with black people being 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana. Many of my friends smoke weed and I worry for them because of how tough police is on marijuana, arresting and unjustifiably sentencing them to years in prison for having less than a gram of marijuana in possession. Not only that, people that are living in poverty are having to sell drugs because the government is too ignorant to give basic, beneficial needs other than food stamps to keep them stable.
There has been a lot of groups on YouTube who are able to survey people to smoke weed and ask them if they think that marijuana should be legal. What’s not surprising is the majority of the people in America are in full support for legalizing marijuana. In fact, 62% of the Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, which was twice as much as the percentage back in early 2000 (31%) and universities have predicted that Marijuana will be legal all over the country in 2021.
I truly believe that legalizing marijuana will be very beneficial for the U.S. because the states that have legalized marijuana are doing great economically because of the price of recreational and medical marijuana has improved their revenue. And when marijuana is legal, all of the innocent men and women who were incarcerated for possession and there will be fewer people in jail and maybe America won’t be infamous for having the highest rate of incarceration in the world.