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Many issues in America faced an uphill battle at the turn of the century, and several unresolved ones still do. From gay marriage to medical marijuana, there are thousands of individuals pushing to change current legislation and fully progress into the new millennium. The infographic below actually outlines some of the reasons why America should go green – for marijuana legalization.

With a floundering economy, it’s hard to pass up the financial benefits of legalizing the green stuff. The number one cash crop in the United States – marijuana – is unregulated, untaxed, and prohibiting it costs the U.S. $7.7 billion each year. If we were to legalize it, we would not only save that $7.7 billion, but also gain $6.2 billion on marijuana tax revenues, and another $7 billion on a variety of cannabis shops, natural medical products, and more.

Since the war on drugs began in the 1960’s, it hasn’t made much of a long-term impact on drug use for teens and adolescents. Twelfth grade drug usage has hovered around 40% for decades, and teens between the ages of 12 and 17 say that it is easier to get marijuana than cigarettes, beer, or prescription drugs. A national study found that 40% of teens could get marijuana within a day, and 25% said they could get it within an hour. It seems like legal, regulated substances are a lot easier to control, and a lot harder to obtain, than illegal ones. Check out the infographic below for more details:

Going Green
Created by: Online Paralegal Programs

2 COMMENTS

  1. I feel like the Left has this vision of an America where marijuana is legalized, and the industry will be just the same, only out in the open. But the reality is, I can guarantee that the big tobacco companies have contingency plans in place for when this eventually does happen. Marijuana will be mass produced, packaged, marketed, and distributed so fast it’ll make your head spin. The mom and pop stoners who supply and run the “medical” marijuana distribution centers will be obliterated. Big Tobacco executives will make millions putting them out of business and you’ll see the biggest backlash against “Big Marijuana” coming from…the left. It’ll be quite a show.

    After all, how many people do you know who roll their own cigarettes, or buy their beer from Jerry down the street who brews it in their basement? Be careful what you wish for…

  2. With something like Marijuana it is so difficult to predict what will happen if it is legalized. I wish there were some intermediary steps that could be taken to do a small test “experiment” of legalizing it first. The infographic is impressive but somehow I wonder at the legitimacy of some of those stats.

    Anyway, locking people up for marijuana use is just silly, that could be eliminated anytime with no ill effects that I can think of.

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