Throughout the past few years, Americans have became more in favor of legalizing marijuana in the United States. There are states in the United States that can sell marijuana, but only for medicinal purposes.
Many find issues on what could happen if marijuana were to be legalized. Some of the more conservative people tend to think that if marijuana were legal that this may led to more high school dropouts, teen pregnancies, and all of the drug related negative factors that follow. However, this is not true. In Amsterdam, marijuana can be bought at local coffee shops. Even though marijuana is sold to the citizens in Amsterdam they have less teenagers smoking marijuana. Recent studies have shown that high school students in American smoke about 11 percent more than the high school students in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Another recent study showed that there are more drug addicts in the United States than the Netherlands and other countries where marijuana is legal to smoke. Another plus to legalizing marijuana would also decrease the chance of Americans becoming addicted to other harsh drugs because they will not be exposed to them. For example, if you wish to buy marijuana, you simply go into a shop and buy it if it is legal in the country you reside. However, if it illegal, users will have to go to a drug dealer and then are offered other drugs such as cocaine, meth, heroine, and other harsh drugs that can be addictive.
A recent poll showed that 52% of Americans voted in favor of legalizing marijuana. The reason why Americans have become more supportive in legalizing marijuana is because many Americans do not see marijuana as a gateway drugs as they once did, but rather a way to avoid other drugs if anything. Marijuana has been proven to help those with sleep disorders, stress disorders, and even pain. Whether you can receive medicinal marijuana depends on the state in which you reside. Medications such as pain pills can be addictive unlike smoking marijuana and yet still relieve pain.
Another reason why Americans are voting for marijuana to be legalized is because of how much the government has to spend preventing and arresting marijuana from entering or being distributed within the United States. In fact, the government spends more money enforcing the laws on marijuana, than the marijuana is actually worth. Legalizing marijuana could even help the economy if we were one of few countries to have marijuana that is legal. This could attract tourists and taxes will go to our economy as well. Americans are really growing on the idea of legalizing marijuana because of the numerous benefits whether it is health or economical. Most Americans think they will see the day that marijuana is legal in the United States and from the recent studies on polls, the majority of votes are showing that it may actually happen. Even though the opposing votes are a high percentage, studies suggest that the younger generations will vote in favor of marijuana resulting in the final legalization of marijuana.