because of this great number, the government can utilize the opportunity to collect excise taxes,
which could be a source of income to the state (Hall, Wayne and Megan 116).
I also support the legalization of marijuana because of the recreational purposes
associated with it. Several states (Colorado, Maine, Alaska, and Washington) have passed their
laws making right the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. According to the Gallup poll
conducted, almost three quarters if the sampled population supported legalization of the
Marijuana (Monte et al., 242). The figure is the highest in a series of studies done on the
legalization of Marijuana. The sampled group also felt that the federal government should not
interfere in these states (Hall, Wayne and Megan 116).
The Marijuana business has grown considerably; the federal government has always
stated that the legalization of marijuana, will contribute to the increase in the use of the drug by
adolescents and youths since it will make it easier for the drug to be obtained. However, studies
conducted in Colorado (one of the states that have legalized Marijuana), showed no relationship
between legalization of marijuana and how the youths use. On the contrary, teen use is far much
lower than the national average, few teens reported to using the drug, than before it was legalized
(Hall, Wayne and Megan 116). With strict age limits, the use of the drug will decrease; Colorado
believed that with risk awareness campaigns, the use would be highly regulated. Surveys
conducted in the state of Colorado indicate a sharp reduction in the use of Marijuana by youths. I
therefore, support legalization since youth decide on their own on whether to take the drug or
avoid it based on their personal decisions.
Legalization of marijuana can bring in huge taxes to the government. The state can use
the amount to conduct education drives targeting the minors (Schinke et al. 257). The campaigns
can aim at educating the youths on the dangers of using the drug; teach the public on relevant