Legalization of Marijuana

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Legalization of Marijuana

One debate that keeps coming up time and again is the topic of the legalization of marijuana. Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug. Nearly one in three teenagers have at least tried marijuana by the time they graduate high school. It is also gets the most publicity for its legalization. Over thirty pro-legalization organizations have been displayed on the Internet alone. The legalization of marijuana , although popular by today's drug culture, would be a very dangerous and detrimental act for the United States to take part in. Not only would it destroy families, but would also lead to the fall of our economy.

Pro-legalization organization argue the fact that legalization would result in the decrease of crime rates in our cities and towns, but in actuality almost eighty-two percent of all violent crime that involves drugs don't involve marijuana. The fact remains that crime would still inhabit the streets if marijuana was to be legalized.

The organizations base there theory on the success that the Netherlands has had with reduction of crime due to the wide-spread legalization of marijuana. The differences between New Amsterdam and the United States is great due to a different structured economy and different cultures. This differences would prove to be the reason for their success and the United States failure.

Legalization would also be very dangerous to the economy. The United States economy is a rather shaky one. The introduction of such a huge industry would be enough to crash our country into a depression. The market for marijuana would be very extensive. Between the marketing of marijuana and profit from taxes would generate would be too much for the United States to endure in. The fact that marijuana would be legal would add another thing for the people...