Illegal drugs are a major influential force in our country today. The problem has gotten so out of hand that many options are being considered to control or even solve it. Ending the war on drugs is seemingly impossible as Richard L. Miller wrote, "Drug problems cannot be ended, but they can be reduced by accepting drugs as part of the American heritage, by finding ways to bring them within normal lifestyles rather than converting users into outcasts and outlaws" (139). It is now evident that different options need to be considered. The legalization of marijuana is an option that has not gotten a chance, but should definitely be given one. Although many people feel that legalizing marijuana may lead to increase the use of substance and further increase problems in society, legalization could in fact be more beneficial than harmful. Actually, there are several benefits with the legalization of marijuana and some of which include: making our streets and homes safer, increasing the economy's revenue, putting an end to prison overcrowding, saving our tax money, crippling organized crime, promoting health and safety, reducing official corruption, and using marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Legalizing marijuana would first greatly increase our economy's revenue and promote consumer health and safety. Economically, the production of drugs in the United States would benefit the financial well being of the American government and people. Taxes would immediately be placed on marijuana, thus resulting in a significant increase in government income. The more money the government receives is money that they can put towards the education of how marijuana effects the human mind and body. As a result of producing marijuana, it would lead to educate the public. Legalization would bring about the issue of consumer protection. Because marijuana is illegal, people are not aware of its affects if not used for medicinal reasons.